Stomp 442

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Stomp 442
AnthraxStomp442 Improved.jpg
Cover design by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon
Studio album by Anthrax
Released October 24, 1995
Recorded 1995
Studio Studio 4, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Genre
Length 50:56
Label Elektra/Warner
Producer Anthrax, Butcher Bros.
Anthrax chronology
Sound of White Noise
(1993)
Stomp 442
(1995)
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
(1998)
Singles from Stomp 442
  1. "Fueled"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Nothing"
    Released: 1996

Stomp 442 is the seventh studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released in 1995, by Elektra Records. The band and the Philadelphia-based producers Butcher Brothers produced the album, which includes the singles, "Fueled" and "Nothing". The album debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 charts.[3] Anthrax claimed that their label, Elektra Records, didn't do enough to promote the album, and they left soon after. Stomp 442 is the only Anthrax album not featuring the traditional Anthrax logo on its artwork.

Stomp 442 is also Anthrax's first album without Dan Spitz on lead guitar. Though not yet credited as a member of the band, Paul Crook took over lead guitar duties.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]

AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a negative review, describing it as "a generic collection of speed metal bombast". He finished his review by saying that the record is a "disappointing experience."[1] Reviewer Jimmy Neeson had a more positive view, noting, "A savage Anthrax album; and a worthy addition to any metal collection."[8] Canadian jounalist Martin Popoff described Stomp 442 as "a fine, responsible collection of working man's metal, if a bit of a repetition" compared to "the relatively unappreciated Sound of White Noise" of 1993.[5]

Cover art[edit]

The album's cover gained controversy when retailer Walmart refused to stock it in its stores.

In a 1996 interview with Tom Russell of Glasgow-based radio Clyde 1, Bruce Dickinson revealed that the original design for the cover art was done for his album Balls to Picasso - originally to be titled Laughing in the Hiding Bush - but he couldn't afford it. His album's title was changed and he drew two squares on a toilet wall for the cover.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Ian and John Bush; all music composed by Charlie Benante.

No. Title Lead guitar Length
1. "Random Acts of Senseless Violence" Paul Crook 4:02
2. "Fueled"   4:02
3. "King Size" Dimebag Darrell 3:58
4. "Riding Shotgun" Crook, Darrell 4:25
5. "Perpetual Motion"   4:18
6. "In a Zone" Crook 5:06
7. "Nothing" Benante 4:33
8. "American Pompeii" Benante, Mike Tempesta 5:30
9. "Drop the Ball" Crook 4:59
10. "Tester" Benante, Ian 4:21
11. "Bare" Benante 5:29
Total length: 50:55
Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Grunt and Click" Bush, Ian, Frank Bello, Benante 5:29
13. "Dethroned Emperor" (Celtic Frost cover) Tom Fischer 4:32
14. "Celebrated Summer" (Hüsker Dü cover) Bob Mould 4:30
15. "Watchin' You" (Kiss cover) Gene Simmons 3:38
Total length: 69:04

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Production
  • Butcher Bros. & Anthrax - producers, mixing
  • Butcher Bros., Dirk Grobelny, Ian Cross - engineers
  • Mike Monterulo, J.J. Bottari, Chris Gately, Phil Nowlan - assistant engineers
  • Manny Lecuona - editing
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Anthrax: Stomp 442". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (September 14, 2011). "Anthrax and Joey Belladonna Keep It In the Family". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stomp 442 Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Review: Stomp 442". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Neeson, Jimmy (September 23, 2011). "ANTHRAX Stomp 442". Metal Music Archives. Retrieved March 7, 2013.