FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

Thrash Metal / Heavy Metal / Groove Metal • United States
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Flotsam and Jetsam are a thrash metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona.

Originally named Paradox then Dredlox until Mark Vasquez and LL Cool Kevin Horton joined the band and changed again to Dogz. Bassist Jason Newsted joined in 1982. He came to Phoenix with his band GANGSTER from Detroit on their way to California they broke apart while in Phoenix. Kelly saw Ak sing at his high school talent show. Singing "The Goodbye Girl". One Summer they were in the same summer school class. Kelly asked if wanted to try out and it was on. We called him the "2 weeker" since it was his trial period. AK sang Judas Priest better than Rob on his best day back then. Erik A.K. arrival was in 1983. Ed Carlson was to follow in '83. Taken from a local rival band called 'Exodus' (not to be confused with the thrash metal
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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Doomsday for the Deceiver album cover 4.38 | 46 ratings
Doomsday for the Deceiver
Thrash Metal 1986
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM No Place for Disgrace album cover 4.18 | 28 ratings
No Place for Disgrace
Thrash Metal 1988
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM When the Storm Comes Down album cover 4.03 | 17 ratings
When the Storm Comes Down
Thrash Metal 1990
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Cuatro album cover 3.76 | 13 ratings
Cuatro
Thrash Metal 1992
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Drift album cover 3.18 | 11 ratings
Drift
Heavy Metal 1995
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM High album cover 2.71 | 8 ratings
High
Thrash Metal 1997
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Unnatural Selection album cover 2.58 | 8 ratings
Unnatural Selection
Groove Metal 1999
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM My God album cover 2.60 | 10 ratings
My God
Thrash Metal 2001
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Dreams of Death album cover 3.25 | 10 ratings
Dreams of Death
Thrash Metal 2005
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The Cold album cover 3.66 | 18 ratings
The Cold
Heavy Metal 2010
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Ugly Noise album cover 3.80 | 10 ratings
Ugly Noise
Heavy Metal 2012
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM No Place for Disgrace 2014 album cover 1.38 | 4 ratings
No Place for Disgrace 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Flotsam and Jetsam album cover 4.44 | 8 ratings
Flotsam and Jetsam
Thrash Metal 2016
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The End of Chaos album cover 3.72 | 8 ratings
The End of Chaos
Thrash Metal 2019
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Blood In The Water album cover 4.17 | 11 ratings
Blood In The Water
Thrash Metal 2021

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM EPs & splits

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Never to reveal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Never to reveal
Thrash Metal 1992

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM live albums

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Live In Phoenix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Phoenix
Thrash Metal 2005

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Iron Tears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iron Tears
Thrash Metal 1985
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Metal Shock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Shock
Thrash Metal 1985
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM No Place for Disgrace pre-production demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Place for Disgrace pre-production demo
Thrash Metal 1988
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM When The Storm Comes Down (Sampler) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When The Storm Comes Down (Sampler)
Thrash Metal 1990
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The Master Sleeps album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Master Sleeps
Thrash Metal 1990

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singles (10)

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Flotzilla
Thrash Metal 1988
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Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Thrash Metal 1988
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Suffer The Masses
Thrash Metal 1990
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Swatting at Flies
Thrash Metal 1992
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Selections From Cuatro
Thrash Metal 1992
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Wading Through the Darkness
Thrash Metal 1992
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Cradle Me Now
Thrash Metal 1993
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Blindside
Thrash Metal 1995
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Destructive Signs
Heavy Metal 1995
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Smoked Out
Thrash Metal 1995

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Flotsam and Jetsam - Live in Phoenix
Thrash Metal 2004
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Live in Japan
Thrash Metal 2006
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Once in a Deathtime
Thrash Metal 2008

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Reviews

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Unnatural Selection

Album · 1999 · Groove Metal
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"Unnatural Selection" is the seventh full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in January 1999. It´s the successor to "High" from 1997 and features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor as guitarist Mike Gilbert has been replaced by Mark Simpson and drummer Kelly Smith has been replaced by Craig Nielsen. The new lineup toured Europe with Anvil and Exciter before entering the studio to record the material for "Unnatural Selection".

Stylistically the material on "Unnatural Selection" are generally a little more dark and heavy, and occasionally also more groove oriented compared to the slightly more sophisticated heavy metal sound on the two direct predecessors ("Drift (1995)" and "High (1997)"). In some ways I´d even call some of the tracks a bit brute (take a listen to "F**kers"), which isn´t how I´d normally describe the music of Flotsam and Jetsam. Flotsam and Jetsam are as well playing as ever and lead vocalist Eric A.K. is as always a singer extraordinaire, but even his performance isn´t quite up to par with his regular high level delivery.

Maybe the relatively abrasive and poor sounding production job has something to do with "Unnatural Selection" not being the best quality release by the band, but some of the fault definitely lies there. I´d usually go a long way defending Flotsam and Jetsam as they are an underrated act who have continuously released good quality thrash/heavy metal, but this one is a slight mistep in my book. It´s not terrible and there are still plenty of quality elements featured on the album, but overall it lacks sophistication and standout moments. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM High

Album · 1997 · Thrash Metal
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"High" is the sixth full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in June 1997. It´s the successor to "Drift" from 1995. "Drift (1995)" was the last album in a three-album deal released through major label MCA Records. MCA Records signed Flotsam and Jetsam because they hoped the Arizona based act would become the new Metallica, but Flotsam and Jetsam never achieved any notable commercial success, and remained a well known act only in metal circles, which makes the shift back to Metal Blade Records a natural move.

Stylistically the material on "High" is a natural continuation of the heavy metal style with thrash metal leanings, that Flotsam and Jetsam also played on "Drift (1995)". It´s heavy, melodic, and very well performed heavy metal, featuring sharp riffs, well played harmonies and leads, an organic and punchy rhythm section, and Eric A.K.´s distinct sounding voice and powerful commanding delivery in front. Flotsam and Jetsam strike a balance between heavy metal elements and the occasionally more thrashy section, which isn´t completely unlike contemporary Megadeth. The guitar work is stellar and intriguing, the rhythm patterns hard rocking and clever, and the melody lines and the expressive singing style of A.K. bring a touch of something unique to the music.

"High" features a well sounding, powerful, and detailed production job, suiting the material perfectly. The songwriting is solid and effectful, and the tracks are well arranged. A little more variation between tracks and a few more standout memorable moments would have made "High" and even better release, but as it is, it´s still a high quality heavy metal/thrash metal release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Drift

Album · 1995 · Heavy Metal
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"Drift" is the 5th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through MCA Records in April 1995. It´s the successor to "Cuatro" from 1992 and features the same five-piece lineup who recorded the predecessor. MCA Records signed Flotsam and Jetsam in 1989 because the label thought they could create another Metallica success story, but the big breakthrough never happened and "Drift" was the third and last Flotsam and Jetsam album released through MCA Records, before the band returned to their old label Metal Blade Records for the release of "High (1997)".

All stars were aligned for Flotsam and Jetsam to make it big in the early nineties with their melodic heavy/thrash metal style, which isn´t far removed from the style of music played post-1990 by contemporaries like Anthrax, Megadeth, and of course Metallica. It´s fans of the least thrashy output by those artists that is the target group of "Drift". A full alignment of stars isn´t always equal to commercial success though, and Flotsam and Jetsam just never made it. They´ve kept busy though, releasing albums and touring, and have had an underground following throughout their career, so even though they´ve had a couple of breaks here and there, Flotsam and Jetsam never folded and soldiered on in spite of their limited commercial success.

"Drift" is obviously an album MCA Records put some money into making a success, as it features a professional and very well sounding production. Flotsam and Jetsam are skilled musicians and they also know a thing or two about writing catchy and powerful heavy metal songs, and as a result the material on the 10 track, 42:38 minutes long album, are well written and memorable. Lead vocalist Eric A.K. is the icing on the cake, with his strong voice and distinct sounding delivery. He is a world-class singer and proves it once again on "Drift".

When all the praise is said about the band and the overall quality of "Drift", it´s still short of being excellent in my book. Not completely unlike how I felt about the last couple of releases. It all sounds a little safe and formulaic, and although all tracks are instantly catchy and memorable, they still lack that last songwriting quality to propel them to the premier league of heavy metal songs. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Cuatro

Album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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"Cuatro" is the 4th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through MCA Records in October 1992. It´s the successor to "When the Storm Comes Down" from 1990 and there has been one lineup change since the predecessor as bassist Troy Gregory has been replaced by Jason Ward. The band recruited producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Nile...etc.) to work on the album.

All previous releases by Flotsam and Jetsam had been a combination of speed, thrash, and traditional heavy metal, but on "When the Storm Comes Down (1990)" a slight alternative edge began to creep in. That alternative element is further explored on "Cuatro", and the speed and thrash metal elements of the early releases are scaled down considerably. Actually to a point, where you can no longer call Flotsam and Jetsam a thrash metal act, although that´s usually how they are labelled. "Cuatro" has more in common with contemporary Metallica, than it has with anything thrashy out of the 80s.

The main focus of the music is the vocals and vocal melodies of lead vocalist Eric A.K.. While the instrumental part of the music is intriguing enough and very well performed too, it´s definitely Eric A.K. who makes the album shine. He is an incredibly skilled vocalist with a distinct sounding voice and singing style. His performance on "Cuatro" elevates the album from solid to great. The material are generally well written, but there are tracks on the album, which either don´t stand out much or which simply don´t work very well. Highlights include the opening trio of tracks "Natural Enemies", "Swatting at Flies", and "The Message", but tracks like "Wading Through the Darkness", and "Never to Reveal" also deserve a mention.

The Neil Kernon production is decent but not perfect. To my ears it sounds a bit disjointed, with a slightly odd sounding drum production. It´s not a major issue though, and the sound generally suits the material well. So upon conclusion "Cuatro" is a solid heavy metal release by Flotsam and Jetsam, and fans of an album like "The Black Album (1991)" by Metallica are recommended to take a listen. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Blood In The Water

Album · 2021 · Thrash Metal
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Genre: power thrash

Thrash metal veterans Flotsam and Jetsam have always explored the more melodic end of thrash metal, which has resulted in several revered and classic releases.

This trend is continued on the band's 2021 effort "Blood In The Water" which stylistically falls somewhere between thrash metal and North American power metal. Tracks like 'Blood in the Water', 'Brace for Impact', 'The Wicked Hour', and 'Grey Dragon' contain fast and aggressive thrashy parts while others, like 'The Walls' and the ballady 'Cry for the Dead', are solid midtempo power metal tracks with plenty of catchy vocal hooks. What unifies the album is the use of quite melodic vocals and guitar leads as well as a crushingly tight production.

The musicianship and songwriting are both top notch, treating the listener to compositions that combine reakneck thrash metal riffage with power metal melodicism spiced up with twin guitar leads and some absolutely amazing guitar solos.

Fans of both melodic thrash metal and more hard-hitting North American power metal are bound to enjoy this release.

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