Stomp 442

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
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 1995
StudioStudio 4, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
ProducerAnthrax, Butcher Bros.
Anthrax chronology
Sound of White Noise
Stomp 442
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Singles from Stomp 442
  1. "Fueled"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Nothing"
    Released: 1996

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 receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Robert Christgau [4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide     [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 "disheartening 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 journalist 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 artEdit

The album's cover gained controversy when retailer Walmart refused to stock it in its stores.[9]

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 listingEdit

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

No.TitleLead guitarLength
1."Random Acts of Senseless Violence"Paul Crook4:02
2."Fueled" 4:02
3."King Size"Dimebag Darrell3:58
4."Riding Shotgun"Crook, Darrell4:25
5."Perpetual Motion" 4:18
6."In a Zone"Crook5:06
8."American Pompeii"Benante, Mike Tempesta5:30
9."Drop the Ball"Crook4:59
10."Tester"Benante, Ian4:21
Total length:50:55
Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)
12."Grunt and Click"Bush, Ian, Frank Bello, Benante5:29
13."Dethroned Emperor" (Celtic Frost cover)Tom Fischer4:32
14."Celebrated Summer" (Hüsker Dü cover)Bob Mould4:30
15."Watchin' You" (Kiss cover)Gene Simmons3:38
Total length:69:04


  • Paul Crook – lead guitars on "Random Acts of Senseless Violence", "Perpetual Motion", "In a Zone" and "Drop the Ball"
  • Dimebag Darrell – guitar on "King Size" and "Riding Shotgun"[10]
  • Mike Tempesta – guitar on "American Pompeii"
  • Butcher Bros. and 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


  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.
  9. ^ July 2016, Chris Chantler10. "Anthrax: the story behind every album cover". Metal Hammer Magazine.
  10. ^ "Anthrax - Stomp 442". Discogs.