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Softer Sound of Anthrax
Sound Of White Noise - Anthrax
Member Name: Jarisleif
Sound Of White Noise - Anthrax
Advantages: John Bush's vocals
Disadvantages: A softer-edged Anthrax
"Sound of White Noise" is the 6th studio album by American thrash metal band, Anthrax. It was released in 1993 on Elektra Records and produced by the band with Dave Jerden. The line-up for the album was John Bush (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar), Scott Ian (guitar), Frank Bello (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums).
When an established band such as Anthrax loses its vocalist, it often has repercussions that are never good and the band is never the same. It can recover early on in its career, but will struggle to do so in their heyday. When Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 and when Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1978 stick out in my mind, as well as a year before this album was released when Anthrax took the step of relieving Joey Belladonna of his vocal duties and hiring former Armored Saint singer, John Bush, to replace him.
Course this is 2012 and all three respective vocalists are back with their bands, but let's go back to 1993 for a moment with "Sound of White Noise". John Bush is a different style of vocalist than that of Joey Belladonna, and I can't imagine Joey singing many songs on this album, with the exception of "Only", which seems to be a crowd favourite.
As it turns out, John Bush does a good job on the album, but musically, it's a 'softer' Anthrax. Gone are the crunching guitars replaced with the still heavy metal sound, but lacking an edge, Benante's drums, too, are also of a slower tempo. What could be said is this was Anthrax for a younger generation.
Quality-wise, the majority of songs are very good. The above-mentioned "Only" being the stand out track with its catchy chorus and Bush shows why he was the man for the job. "Potter's Field" has a grungy style to it which a lot of hardcore fans didn't like at the time, and questioned the band's direction. Dan Spitz also questioned it and left the band shortly afterwards to become a watch maker.
"Room For One More" has a catchy chorus, but again, it's hard to understand where the band was going musically, while the same can be said for "Invisible" and "Hy Pro Glo", which aren't bad songs but just not what you'd associate with one of the 'Big 4' of thrash metal. Then we come to "Black Lodge" and the album falls apart. Anthrax doing a ballad just doesn't work as far, and it's a cringeworthy attempt at attracting a new breed of fan.
In summary, Metallica had changed style in the early 1990s, and it seemed Anthrax followed suit with "Sound of White Noise". Both bands were never the same again, but where Metallica gained a new generation of fans, Anthrax couldn't quite manage it and spiralled even further downward. As previously stated, there are some good songs on here, but it doesn't warrant what the band tried to achieve. Thumbs down from me.
1. Potter's Field
3. Room For One More
4. Packaged Rebellion
5. Hy Pro Glo
7. 1000 Points of Hate
8. Black Lodge
9. Sodium Pentothal
11. This is Not an Exit
My rating: 5/10
Summary: It's not a brilliant album. Some good songs, some good vocals, but that's where it ends.