All music was a little out of step in these strange musical times but Anthrax hits with another winner. Soon as you pop this one is you will realize you have bought a great metal album!
Japanese edition of the metal veteran’s 1997 album withtheir cover of Deep Purple’s ’Space Truckin’’ added as abonus track. 11 tracks total. 1997 Victor release. The fulltitle is ’From The Underground And Below’.More than 10 years and three labels after its crusade began, New York’s Overkill is still churning out solid slabs of molten metal. Perhaps the band has been thrashing away too single-mindedly to notice how little ground it has gained, but instead of whining about the collapse of its industry or the fickle nature of its former fans, Overkill has kept on keeping on. From the Underground and Below is a thundering sludge-fest that features enough rhythm changes and diverse mood shifts to keep the songs surging even when they lack solid vocal hooks. –Jon Wiederhorn
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With the departure of lead singer Joey Belladonna from the 80s metal group Anthrax in the early nineties, fans might have been forgiven for thinking that the writing was on the wall for the highly regarded speed / thrash metal outfit. Imagine the surprise then when, with new recruit John Bush in the frontman position – recruited from fellow US metallers Armored Saint – Anthrax burst back onto the scene with The Sound Of White Noise in 1993.Two years later, they were back again, this time with Stomp 442. Although well recieved by pundits and listeners alike, it disappointingly undersold, a fact you can’t help but find unbelievable on listening.Opening with the brutal “Random Acts Of Senseless Violence”, Anthrax state their intent through the commercially-edged “Fueled” to “American Pompeii” and the metallic anthems of “In A Zone” and “Riding Shotgun”.A criminally underrated album, deserving better than it got, from a truly underrated band who, with a legion of adoring fans, may one day recieve the true plaudits they deserve
After the great success of the last album, Anthrax somehow lost it on this album, supposedly due to an unsupportive record label. This isn’t a masterpiece on the level of White Noise, but still a heavy, kick-a@@ album, Anthrax proving themselves one of the most consistent bands in rock. Tracks like “Fueled” and “American Pompeii” are powerful and energetic, Anthrax soaking up a few grunge influences, but not selling out in any way. Again, John Bush delivers great vocals and lyrics. Dimebag Darrel of Pantera provides a couple leads, since the band parted ways with lead guitarist Dan Spitz.
I have no doubt: After listening the entire Anthrax catalog, my conclusion was instantaneous: Stomp 442 is the best Anthrax effort. I guess why many people (religious metalheads) overlooks this album: it’s not thrash (like Anthrax 80’s model) but heavy hard rock (really hard)… ready to smash your head. This album was the best moment of Anthrax, the most original… there is no similar album on the genre (except “We have come for you all”). And John Bush… he is a true hard rock singer.
When I think of great drummers, there are three in particular that come to mind. Herb the Ginseng drummer (Primus), Danny Carey of Tool, and most noteably, Charlie Benette of Anthrax. This guy is incredible. Over the years, I’ve listened to this band put out some incredible stuff (Among the Living, Sound of White Noise) and stuff that is pretty average (State of Euphoria, Persistance of Time). It leads one to wonder what will come next. Well, I got this sucker and there was no doubt in my mind that Stomp 442 was their most excellent effort. In all aspects, this album encompasses what Anthrax is all about. Intelligent, hard core lyrics, palm mutes, and the most amazing drumwork of all time. American Pompeii is my favorite song, an impassioned plea for musical talent in a barren industry of dribble and mindless heavy metal of the 90’s. There is so much packed into this album, when I got it in ‘95 I was blown away and have since never grown tired of it. I think it is a tragedy what has happened to the music industry and an even greater trajedy that the youth of today will probably dismiss material like this, and opt to learn the guitar listening to Korn or Limp Bizkit. In such a scenario, we all lose. Buy Stomp 442 and support one of the greatest bands of all time.