Sound of White Noise

Sound of White Noise

Infobox Album | Name = Sound of White Noise
Type = studio
Artist = Anthrax

Released = May 25, 1993
Recorded = 1992
Genre = Heavy metal, thrash metal
Length = 56:56
Label = Elektra
Producer = Anthrax, Dave Jerden
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [ link]
*Rolling Stone Rating|4|5 [ link]
Last album = "Persistence of Time"
This album = "Sound of White Noise"
Next album = "Stomp 442"
(1995) |

"Sound of White Noise" is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Anthrax, released in May of 1993 on Elektra Records. It is the band's the first album with former Armored Saint vocalist John Bush, and also their last studio album with guitarist Dan Spitz.

The band and Dave Jerden produced the album, which includes the singles, "Only" ,"Black Lodge", "Room for One More" and "Hy Pro Glo". This album marked a change in the sound of the band, mixing the old thrash metal with new grunge references (Dave Jerden was the producer of Alice in Chains) and the album got Anthrax's highest ever chart position, debuting at #7 on the Billboard 200 charts, with "Only" and "Room For One More" in particular becoming major rock radio hits at their time. "Sound of White Noise" was certified gold by the RIAA.

Anthrax also contributed a song from these sessions called "Poison My Eyes" 7:05 to the Last Action Hero soundtrack.

The title "C11H17N2O2S Na" is the chemical formula for sodium pentathol.

The closing of the album, which appears at the end of the song "This Is Not an Exit" includes a sample from the 1991 movie "My Girl".

A music video was produced for "Black Lodge", which features Jenna Elfman as the lead role in one of her first film appearances. The "Black Lodge" is a fictional place from the television series "Twin Peaks", which "Twin Peaks"'s score conductor Angelo Badalamenti helped write.

This was released on LP in Europe (Catalog Number 7559-61430-1). The song "Black Lodge" was omitted from this vinyl release due to time.

The band gave an interview in Metal Edge Magazine before release about the influence of Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho" novel in making this album. The ending track "This Is Not an Exit" is directly from the novel.

Track listing

#"Potter's Field" (Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, John Bush, Scott Ian) – 5:00
#"Only" , (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 4:56
#"Room for One More" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 4:54
#"Packaged Rebellion" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 6:18
#"Hy Pro Glo" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 4:30
#"Invisible" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 6:09
#"1000 Points of Hate" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 5:00
#"Black Lodge" (Angelo Badalamenti, Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 5:24
#"C11H17N2O2S Na" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 4:24
#"Burst" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 3:35
#"This Is Not an Exit" (Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 6:49

Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)


  • "Auf Wiedersehen" (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:33
    #*Cheap Trick cover
    #"Cowboy Song" (Phil Lynott, Brian Downey) – 5:06
    #*Thin Lizzy cover
    #"London" (Morrisey, Johnny Marr) – 2:54
    #*The Smiths cover
    #"Black Lodge" (Strings Mix) (Badalamenti, Bello, Benante, Bush, Ian) – 5:21

    Bonus CD (Japanese edition)

    #"Noisegate" – 4:25
    #"Cowboy Song" (Lynott, Downey) – 5:06
    #*Thin Lizzy cover
    #"Auf Wiedersehen" (Nielsen, Petersson) – 3:33
    #*Cheap Trick cover
    #"Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" (Michael Diamond, Matt Dike, Adam Horovitz, John King, Mike Simpson, Adam Yauch) – 3:10
    #*Beastie Boys cover


    *John Bush – Lead Vocals
    *Dan SpitzLead Guitar
    *Scott IanRhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar on "Burst", Lead Guitar and Harmony Guitar on "Black Lodge" and "Packaged Rebellion", Six string Bass, Backing Vocals
    *Frank BelloBass Guitar, Backing Vocals
    *Charlie BenanteDrums, Harmony Guitar on "Black Lodge"

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