4. Sound Of White Noise (1993)
1. Potters Field 2. Only 3. Room for One More 4. Packaged Rebellion 5. Hy Pro Glo 6. Invisible7. 1000 Points of Hate 8. Black Lodge 9. C₁₁ H₁₇ N₂ O₂ S Na 10. Burst 11. This Is Not an Exit
Recommended Track: “Only”. Metallica’s James Hetfield described “Only” as the perfect song and who are we to argue, the man knows a thing a two about Heavy Metal. It helps that he’s right of course; “Only” stands proud as one of Anthrax’s finest compositions.
Fans could be forgiven for feeling extremely worried when Joey Balladonna quit Anthrax in 1992 to be replaced by Armored Saint’s John Bush. Armored Saint were not Thrash, more Power Metal meets Hard Rock and although they were a solid band (expectations were deservedly high when they released their excellent March Of The Saint debut in 1984) they were definitely not in the same league as Anthrax and John Bush was a very different singer to Joey.
Consequently, Sound Of White Noise is not strictly a Thrash album, more a Heavy Metal release containing Thrash elements but it is home to two of Anthrax’s finest songs; “Only” and “Room For One More”. Both tracks are blessed with choruses big enough to fill arena’s and are foot-stomping, gear-crunching, anvil-heavy classics which were a blessed antidote to the Grunge/Alt Rock stylings that were bothering the charts on its release.
John Bush made a massive contribution to Anthrax and its important to recognise his influence. Admittedly, Anthrax were forced to tailor their sound to match his Classic Rock style vocals but one thing can be said about his output, the boy sure could sing.
As a result, Anthrax were one of very few Thrash bands to successfully adapt to the death of the genre in the 90’s, channeling their sound to incorporate elements of old and new without sacrificing their trademark crunch. Only Slayer competed with them during this turbulent period and that’s simply because they refused to change at all. Metallica and Megadeth however did not fair as well, adopting a watered-down, commercialised sheen resulting in sub-standard albums (Load and Reload, Cryptic Writings and Risk) which tarnished their respective reputations and lacked the vicious thrash attack fans had come to expect and demand from the Big 4.
Thankfully, Anthrax did not follow the same path and Sound Of White Noise was the unexpectedly rewarding result.
Final score…Anthrax 1 – 0 Metallica/Megadeth