Anthrax
Stomp 442


1.5
very poor

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (66 Reviews)
November 10th, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An embarrassing misstep from the once great thrash metal legends.

Of the big four thrash metal bands, Anthrax is the one that gets the least amount of attention. Still being part of the big four warrants enough notoriety, with Anthrax being the most unique of them all specifically in the vocal department. Joey Belladonna was an excellent singer and his eccentric performances on their first albums are what gave Anthrax their charm, along with their relentless thrash metal riffs and intense double bass heavy drumming backing him up.

Unfortunately after Persistence of Time, Joey left the band and was replaced by ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. Bush isn’t necessarily a bad singer - in a hard rock or groove metal band he would fit right in, but Anthrax isn’t a hard rock band; at least they weren’t until he joined the band. Sound of White Noise saw the band abandon their thrash metal roots and focusing on a very hard rock oriented sound. It was a solid album, far from their best but for the first album with a new singer it was a forgivable slip in their discography. With Stomp 442 they continue down the same path except they throw in some groove metal, almost nu-metal elements into the mix. Sounds harmless, right?

Wrong. This album has some of the most boring song writing on any Anthrax record, and is arguably the worst album out of any of the big four’s detrimental releases (not counting Lulu). The first two tracks start the album off on a fairly positive note – they’re fun songs with catchy choruses, and while they bring nothing new to the table, they’re harmless and all-around decent hard rock songs. Sadly the rest of the album isn’t as forgivable. “Riding Shotgun” starts off with a promising riff but quickly throws away its potential as soon as the vocals come in with some of the worst lyrics on the album.

Do it, drive it, drink it, smoke it
Choke it
Two steps forward
One hundred steps back
We're going the wrong way
It's backwards, it's backwards
Cuffed and branded
I can't stand it


Just awful, and the rest of the lyrics aren’t much better. Plus it doesn’t help that John Bush has possibly the most mundane vocals in all of metal. Honestly, he pretty much sings the exact same melodies on every song sans “Bare,” the acoustic album closer, which is a welcome change of pace but doesn’t hold a candle to some of the great rock ballads. Combine an insipid vocal performance with one-dimensional riffs by Scott Ian, inaudible bass, and a standard drum performance and you have Stomp 442 – an embarrassing misstep from the once great thrash metal legends.

Recommended Tracks:
- Random Acts of Senseless Violence
- Fueled
- Nothing




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

incredibly boring album

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RagingNoob
November 10th 2012


134 Comments


I couldn't disagree more, but this is extremely well-written. Pos'd.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thanks! and can i ask what you see in this album? lol honestly i could hardly tell the songs apart aside from the recommended tracks and Bare.

KILL
November 10th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fuck this

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


19759 Comments


good review i don't think it's as bad as you but yeah not the best pretty average

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KILL
November 10th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fuck bush

Tyrael
November 10th 2012


20879 Comments


agree with KILL

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breakingthefragile
November 10th 2012


2956 Comments


Damn straight, fuck this album.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


16023 Comments


why is it a fluke ? doesnt that usually mean its like managed to come out good against all odds like a lucky one off ? or do u mean its a tapeworm ?

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yup youre right, for some reason i thought it meant the opposite. fix'd

KILL
November 10th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

listen to operation mindcrime plz

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


16023 Comments


ye makes sense now mate good review pos

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thanks man

and kill should i get the original or remaster?

KILL
November 10th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

original, neither have amazing production but origs more dynamic i guess

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ill get on that kill, and thanks skeletor

XingKing
November 10th 2012


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

John Bush era Anthrax was a dark time in history.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

agreed

ComeBiteTheApple100
November 12th 2012


98 Comments


Along with their debut, this is their worst album. At least debut had Deathrider

KILL
November 12th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wtf ffuck you

ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12430 Comments


debut is miles better



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