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  • Sound Of White Noise is Anthrax’s first album with former Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. This was also their first album released after thrash metal hit the mainstream with the release of Metallica’s Black Album. Although grunge was in full swing in 1993, real metal bands like Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax actually had their biggest successes. In fact, this would be Anthrax’s only album to make the Top Ten debuting at No. 7. However, while Metallica and Megadeth toned down their music at this time, Anthrax were getting heavier. While previous vocalist Joey Belladonna had a higher voice that at times didn’t gel with their heavier material, Bush’s voice was stronger and rougher which gave them a heavier sound. His presence also put the band’s flirtation with rap music to rest and as shown here they became a better band.Most of the tracks here are great and a few of them rank with their best work. The opening track “Potter’s Field” is one of their most developed tracks, starting out with a slow grinding riff before gaining momentum during the choruses. The tracks “Invisible”, “100 Points Of Hate”, and “Burst” are among their heaviest songs and are highlighted by the monstrous drumming of Charlie Benante. The melodic “Black Lodge” is a great track featuring Bush’s more understated vocals. The best tracks here are on the album’s first half. “Only”, “Room For One More”, and especially “Hy Pro Glo” are all among their best work and are carried by Bush’s mean vocals and Scott Ian and Dan Spitz’s killer riffs. The remaining tracks “Packaged Rebellion” and “This Is Not An Exit” are also very good. This is certainly among their best work, probably their best next to Among The Living. It’s certainly their best album with John Bush. Definitely worth checking out.

    Posted on February 5, 2010