Anthrax: Sound of White Noise [1993]

Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise [1993]

Released May 25, 1993
Recorded 1992 at Henson Recording StudiosCherokee Studios andEldorado Recording Studios inHollywood, California
Genre Heavy metalgroove metal,alternative metal
Length 56:56
Label Elektra
Producer Dave Jerden & Anthrax

Sound of White Noise is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax, released in May 1993 onElektra Records. It is the band’s first album to feature vocalist John Bush, who replaced longtime Anthrax vocalistJoey Belladonna in 1992. It is also Anthrax’s last studio album with longtime lead guitarist Dan Spitz.

The album, produced by the band and Dave Jerden, includes the singles “Only”, “Black Lodge”, “Room for One More” and “Hy Pro Glo”. This album marked a significant revision in the band’s sound, with the departure of lead vocalist Joey Belladonna and the introduction of grunge influences (Dave Jerden was the producer of Alice in Chains). Typical thrash metal elements such as speed and aggression, which characterized much of Anthrax’s earlier work, are largely absent from their sound at this juncture in their career. The album debuted at No. 7 on theBillboard 200 charts,[1] Anthrax’s highest ever chart position. Sound of White Noise was certified gold by theRIAA.[2] As of 2006, Sound of White Noise had sold about 523,000 copies in the U.S.[3] “Only” and “Black Lodge” charted at No. 26 and No. 38 respectively on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1]

The album’s closing track “This Is Not an Exit” is directly based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. This song also includes a sample from the 1991 movie My Girl.[citation needed] A music video was produced for the song “Black Lodge”, featuring actress Jenna Elfman. The Black Lodge is a fictional location in the popular early 1990s television series Twin Peaks. Anthrax were able to persuade Twin Peaks’ score conductor Angelo Badalamenti to help compose the song.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by John BushScott IanFrank Bello and Charlie Benante, except “Black Lodge” by Bush, Ian, Bello, Benante, Angelo Badalamenti.

No. Title Length
1. “Potters Field” 5:00
2. Only 4:56
3. “Room for One More” 4:54
4. “Packaged Rebellion” 6:18
5. “Hy Pro Glo” 4:30
6. “Invisible” 6:09
7. “1000 Points of Hate” 5:00
8. “Black Lodge” 5:24
9. “C₁₁ H₁₇ N₂ O₂ S Na” 4:24
10. “Burst” 3:35
11. “This Is Not an Exit” 6:49
Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. Auf Wiedersehen” (Cheap Trick cover) Rick NielsenTom Petersson 3:33
13. “Cowboy Song” (Thin Lizzy cover) Phil LynottBrian Downey 5:06
14. “London” (The Smiths cover) MorrisseyJohnny Marr 2:54
15. “Black Lodge” (strings mix) Bush, Ian, Bello, Benante, Badalamenti 5:21
Bonus CD (Japanese edition)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. “Noisegate” 4:25


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