FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — High (review)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — High album cover Album · 1997 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
"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.
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