Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise Want something powerful, inspiring, intelligent and vivid to the bone? Try listening to Sound Of White Noise from the classic American Heavy Metal band Anthrax. This was one of my first Heavy Metal encounters and the vigorously impact it made on me still feels very present, this is one of their finest hours and let me tell you why I hold this piece of music in such high regard: The albums hard edge and direct impact shows itself from the beginning. Potters Field is a great, diverse and very hard-hitting song with some clever drumming skills from Charlie Benante. Only has several eminent elements as the jamming guitar solo, the huge chorus and a technical bass approach, extremely well put together music. One thing that this album can't be blamed for is lack of variation; Room For One More represents this point clearly with its innovative flow, a splendid song that simply demands your attention all the time. Packaged Rebellion slowly builds up steam for a good minute before the groovy rhythm section sets in, Dan Spitz throws in a grand shredding solo passage before the song gets a bit stretched out. With Hy Pro Glo a raw attitude is served in a very forceful way with tight rhythm guitar action as a central input. It lacks a more coherent flow but its still a good song. One of many personal favourites is the heavy Invisible, man what a drive this one contains! The double bass drumming is just so intense and the background screams adds to the acute climate. John Bush's rough and expressive vocals is one of the best things about this release. His powerful performance in 1000 Points Of Hate is truly fantastic, this being yet another thrilling piece of Heavy Metal with an aggressive vibe. The only slow song on the album is the genius Black Lodge, featuring an all-embracing and hypnotic atmosphere. The acoustic guitars add the sufficient soft touch and the catchy refrain is just perfect, the synths add that extra mystic mood. C11 H17 N2 O2 Na is a tightly packed energy unit with great devastating drums; unfortunately it misses a more thrilling chorus. The fast paced Burst has a bombastic nerve that hits right on and the striking guitar solo is a good match for this forceful and stunning creation. A more down to earth direction is gone for with the ending track This Is Not An Exit, being a bit experimental in style. The main verse becomes a bit tiresome but the rhythm section is very tight. The fact that I can't listen to this album without singing along to almost every word is a proof of the excellent verse and chorus structures and melodies, this is one of the best albums I know of in this respect. The actual performances are all top-notch, stunning vocals and a rhythm section with immense vigour and skill. Lyrically the album is quite complex and the overall themes are personal issues and problems as feelings of betrayal, hate, justice and despair. "Live the life you want and fight all the crap that comes your way" is an aspect that pops up now and then, all in all very intelligent and thoughtful stuff. The sound on White Noise is very compact and with a lot of depth, it fits the music well. Even though this is packed with aggressiveness and a raw edged feel, there is lots of melody and great recognisable moments to enjoy. I hold this unique piece of music very dear, it's extremely durable and the impact it leaves is brought to life through smart innovations, raw power and fascinating melodies.