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.