Anthrax
Sound of White Noise


2.5
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Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 20th, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,314 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anthrax makes a commercially successful record, but a musically average one.

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An Anthrax Story:

Episode VI: Sound of White Noise



Anthrax, when we last saw them, had released the epic, if slightly overstretched, Persistence of Time. They had achieved status as one of the definitive thrash metal acts in terms of influence; this is why they stand historically amongst the Big Four of Thrash. But tensions were straining the band, specifically between Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna. Belladonna, who had struggled with alcoholism, somehow got on the wrong side of Ian, and eventually he would be fired from the band. Inevitably, there would be consequences.

John Bush, lead vocalist for the lesser known thrash metal act Armored Saint, was promptly recruited to fill Belladonna's shoes. But nothing could remove the fact that Belladonna was irreplaceable, and while Bush possessed his own credentials as a skilled vocalist, the tall shadow of Belladonna would always look down on him.

And so, we find the lineup at this time to be:

Scott Ian: Rythm Guitars
Dan Spitz: Lead Guitars
Frank Bello: Bass
Charlie Benante: Drums
John Bush: Vocals



Now, as I said, Bush wasn't at all a bad vocalist. Quite the contrary, he possessed a good vocal range, and his chops could compete well with those of many other greats in the rock genre. However, as I also mentioned, he was still in Belladonna's shadow; so he could never aspire to reach the great heights of his predecessor.

There's more to this record than just a change in vocals, however. The band has opted for a more radio-friendly style, and while the riffs still sound heavy, they lack catchyness, and they lack the headbangeable quality of the four earlier Anthrax recordings. They drums barely make the cut, and they certainly don't get your blood pumping; and the bass doesn't do much either. All this make for an interesting record on the surface, but a dull one in the end.

There are redeeming qualities however: songs like "Only", "Room for One More" and "Potter's Field" catch your ear for a while, but the record as a whole just fails to deliver the goods. A mediocre record at best.

Recommended Tracks:

-Room for One More
-Potter's Field
-Only

Up next:

Episode VII: Stomp 442



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FirstStrikeIsDeadly (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012



30773 Comments


Is there any reason why you feel the need to post all of your reviews at once?

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dannyboy89
February 19th 2012



11847 Comments


Guys, here's the review for Spreading the Disease, just in case:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/47801/Anthrax-Spreading-the-Disease/

jayfatha
February 19th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

At least the rating is right

dannyboy89
February 19th 2012



11847 Comments


All right, I guess this happens when one's inexperienced.

Urinetrouble
February 19th 2012



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think danny is retarded or something. album is pr good for 3/4's of it

Killerhit
February 20th 2012



5171 Comments


Okay this is getting annoying now

wacknizzle
February 20th 2012



12428 Comments


Anybody sense the irony here yet?

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2012



3302 Comments


you do know you can leave sound offs instead of just pulling a crandy right?

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foreverjohndeered
February 20th 2012



897 Comments


pos

TheNotrap
February 20th 2012



7939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You underrate this album Dannyboy.

dannyboy89
February 20th 2012



11847 Comments


I guess I owe the site an apology for throwing out these reviews too quickly. I promise, I'll never do this again.

BigHans
February 20th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album destroys

Tyrael
February 20th 2012



20673 Comments


'album destroys shit'

agreed

TrephineArtist
February 20th 2012



180 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolute classic of modern (90's) metal. Flawless. John Bush FTW!

dannyboy89
February 21st 2012



11847 Comments


I'll release the review for Stomp 442 this Friday. Still need the dust to settle after all those reviews.

InbredJed
May 28th 2013



5560 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wrong wrating

dannyboy89
May 28th 2013



11847 Comments


I did this discog way back. I like to think I've improved since then.

I definitely wouldn't 5 this though.

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


John Bush does a nice job, especially on WCFYA.

InbredJed
May 28th 2013



5560 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its my most nostalgia motivated 5 for sure

joseph99
June 26th 2013



34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best "mainstream" anthrax album



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