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 albums / top albums

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Doomsday for the Deceiver album cover 4.36 | 39 ratings
Doomsday for the Deceiver
Thrash Metal 1986
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM No Place for Disgrace album cover 4.16 | 22 ratings
No Place for Disgrace
Thrash Metal 1988
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM When the Storm Comes Down album cover 3.36 | 16 ratings
When the Storm Comes Down
Thrash Metal 1990
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Cuatro album cover 3.73 | 11 ratings
Thrash Metal 1992
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Drift album cover 3.12 | 9 ratings
Heavy Metal 1995
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM High album cover 2.17 | 6 ratings
Thrash Metal 1997
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Unnatural Selection album cover 2.33 | 6 ratings
Unnatural Selection
Groove Metal 1999
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM My God album cover 2.67 | 9 ratings
My God
Thrash Metal 2001
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Dreams of Death album cover 3.28 | 9 ratings
Dreams of Death
Thrash Metal 2005
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The Cold album cover 3.67 | 17 ratings
The Cold
Heavy Metal 2010
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Ugly Noise album cover 3.83 | 9 ratings
Ugly Noise
Heavy Metal 2012
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM No Place for Disgrace 2014 album cover 1.00 | 3 ratings
No Place for Disgrace 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Flotsam and Jetsam album cover 4.42 | 6 ratings
Flotsam and Jetsam
Thrash Metal 2016
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The End of Chaos album cover 3.68 | 6 ratings
The End of Chaos
Thrash Metal 2019
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Blood In The Water album cover 4.20 | 6 ratings
Blood In The Water
Thrash Metal 2021


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


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
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The Master Sleeps
Thrash Metal 1990

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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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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



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.


Album · 2021 · Thrash Metal
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Time Signature
Brace for impact...

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.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM When the Storm Comes Down

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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"When the Storm Comes Down" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through MCA Records in May 1990. It´s the successor to "No Place for Disgrace" from 1988 and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor.

Stylistically the material on "When the Storm Comes Down" continue the thrash metal style with melodic tinged vocals of the predecessor. Heavy thrashy riffs, powerful thrashy rhythms, skillful lead guitar playing, and Eric A.K.´s distinct sounding powerful voice in front. Eric A.K. is a bit of an atypical thrash metal singer, as he doesn´t just deliver rough staccato vocals, but actually sings. And he is an incredibly skilled singer too. Expressive, aggressive, raw, melodic, and occasionally pretty high pitched, he can do most things with his voice and he is generally a great asset to the band´s sound.

The 11 track, 49:33 minutes long album opens with the powerful "The Master Sleeps" and although both "Burned Device" and "Deviation" feature other less thrashy influences (while still predominantly staying in thrash metal territory) they are both pretty great tracks too. "October Thorns" continues in a slighty heavier mood with a crushingly heavy and catchy main riff, but with "No More Fun" things turn a little weird with a funky influence, that really doesn´t become Flotsam and Jetsam.

The remaining part of the album is generally of a good quality too, but "When the Storm Comes Down" is not an album which blows me away throughout. There are some absolutely brilliant moments featured on the album and the musicianship is on a high level on all posts too, but the rather odd sounding production, and a couple of more forgettable tracks, mean it doesn´t quite reach the heights of it´s two predecessors. It´s still a quality release on most parameters though and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2019 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
Like most metalheads, I’ve always had a warm spot for Flotsam and Jetsam, and I would expect most to have a copy of their debut ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ in their collection (grief, it is more than 30 years old now!). Destined both always to be remembered as the band Jason Newsted left to join Metallica, and to never gain the heights many expected of them, I came to this album not having heard any of their recent material. Singer Eric A.K. and guitarist Mike Gilbert where there for the debut, while bassist Michael Spencer was the original replacement for Newsted, while second guitarist has been in place for five years and it is only veteran drummer Ken Mary who is a newbie.

What strikes one immediately is the sheer force and power of the guitars, as the production is incredibly strong with real depth. Musically this is melodic power metal which is closely aligned to thrash, as the band happily straddle the genres and allow Eric to show he has lost none of his prowess over the years. This is an incredibly polished release, and to me that is the one aspect which I felt was wrong as it has been honed just too much, smoothed and crafted within an inch of its life and to my ears it would have been far better if it had been left raw and there wasn’t quite so much in the way of harmony vocals and saccharine. I am sure that onstage this will be quite a different beast and I would have much preferred to have heard it that way.


Album · 2019 · Thrash Metal
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Sometimes, knowing little about a band’s past, and their legacy can be a good thing in helping me to enjoy their newer releases without any expectations or preconceived judgments. Such was the case with American thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam when they released their 2016 self-titled release, which served as my introduction to the band. With nothing else to compare it against, I was pleasantly surprised by the energy, intensity, and overall strong songcraft the veterans were able to deliver on what appeared to a comeback album of sorts. I’ve since briefly checked out some of their past works, and suffice to say, their first two albums, Doomsday for the Deceiver and No Place for Disgrace, are considered classics for a reason, being pure, raw thrash at its finest. Unfortunately, things went downhill after that, with some of their later albums incorporating elements of heavy metal and groove metal, with varying success, and between that and constant lineup changes, nothing the band has done since has even come close to matching their first two releases. It wasn’t until 2016, with their aforementioned self-titled release, that the band finally seemed to be back on track, as it was a full on return to their thrash roots while having a more modern and more polished sound. With that release serving as a great introduction to the band, I was excited to see what they would do next, and thankfully their upcoming 13th full-length release, The End of Chaos, is almost upon us, and it’s certainly a treat!

Like its predecessor, The End of Chaos sees the band continuing with a full thrash sound, except that where the previous release still contained faint traces of their heavy and groove metal elements, this one is nothing but pure thrash from start to finish, rarely letting it up or slowing down in the slightest. If anything, it feels even closer to the band’s origins, while still being as polished and having the modernized sound of its predecessor. There are some slight tempo changes on some tracks, and some of them move at a more moderate pace, but for the most part, this is pure straight-forward, speedy and very hard-hitting thrash, with some excellent riffs, great solos, and fun choruses. There are times where the band injects a bit of extra melody into the songs, which is a nice touch, and overall the album strikes a perfect balance between heavy, uncompromising thrash, while still being accessible and having some excellent vocal lines. It has a very “dumb fun” feel to it, with some of the lyrics being pretty silly and kinda dumb, but in a way that works well for the genre. Thrash obviously isn’t known to have particularly well thought out lyrics, and this album is the same, so fans can expect a ton of F-bombs, a strong tough guy attitude, lots of anger, and just overall nonsense, but in a fun way that fits the music quite well. There’s nothing overly complex or experimental here, as it feels like the band just wanted to make a pure thrash album, and in that regard, they sure succeeded, as the album is consistently great and it moves at a fast pace throughout, with one crushing riff after another.

One thing I especially enjoyed on the previous album was the voice of Eric “A.K.” Knutson”, as he has a very deep, very powerful voice with a ton of grit to It, and it fits the music perfectly. He’s certainly changed a lot over the years, as his voice has become much lower and deeper, but he retains the same power and intensity as ever, and he certainly sounds just as great on this release as he did on the previous one. There are bursts where he tries singing a bit higher, and these are the only times on the album where his voice feels a bit strained, as he just can’t quite pull it off convincingly anymore, but aside from that, he does a great job throughout, and his lower register is certainly as awesome as ever.

While I greatly enjoyed the self-titled release, I found it had a couple spots where it dragged just a bit, as it seemed to peak early, lose a bit of momentum and then it got back on track again in time for the end. The End of Chaos doesn’t have that same problem, as while it does get off to an excellent start, once again, it manages to stay very consistent, with its biggest highlights being spread pretty evenly throughout the album. Opener “Prisoner of Time” is certainly one of my favorites, as it starts off with a nice jam session for the first 40 seconds, before going full throttle and never looking back. Once the song gets going, it settles into a nice rhythm, moving at a moderate to slightly high tempo, with the kind of hard-hitting riffs one would expect from the band, before opening up a for a strong, melodic and very catchy chorus, where Eric really shine. Next is “Control”, a faster song with some even harder riffs, where the band masterfully demonstrates their thrash chops. It moves at a relentless pace through its verses, with some especially nasty riffs during the lead into the chorus, which proves to be one of the most melodic and most catchy on the album. It also has a nice solo section in the middle and is a very fun track overall. The first single is “Recover”, a slightly more melodic track, which still moves at a nice pace and has some great riffs during the verses, as well a nice but very brief solo. My only problem with this track is the chorus, which has a nice main melody, but it keeps repeating the same line over and over, and that’s something I don’t quite like, unless it’s on a particularly hard-hitting thrash chorus, which isn’t the case here, as it’s more melodic, and it just gets too repetitive for my tastes. The song is still great, overall, though.

Next is one of my favorites in “Prepare for the Chaos”, another faster-paced track with some particular punishing riffs. It has an excellent lead into its chorus, with some very hard-hitting riffs and some simple but fun vocal lines, before the chorus itself proves to be more melodic and epic. The verses are very fun, with the second in particular being a perfect example of the kind of “dumb fun” lyrics I was talking about, almost falling into guilty pleasure territory, except the music itself is far too great for it to fully earn that description. The momentum keeps up with “Slowly Insane”, a brief but extremely fast and very aggressive track, with some of the best, most classic thrash sounding riffs on the album. It’s a pure thrasher from start to finish and has an excellent extended solo section, where the two guitarists really get to show off their skill. Overall, it’s definitely one of the best tracks on the album. After that is the darker, but still heavy “Architects of Hate”, which moves at a good pace during its intense verses, before slowing down for a darker, more sinister chorus. It’s not as immediately engaging as some of the other tracks here, but it’s still a great track in its own right. The second single of the album is “Demolition Man”, and it’s another one of those very simple, yet fun, pure thrashers, where the lyrics are kinda silly, but in a fun way that works out well. It’s also another example of strong, heavy verses paired with a melodic and very catchy chorus.

Moving towards the end of the album, “Unwelcome Surprise” is my absolute favorite, as it’s a frantic, very heavy and very powerful track, with excellent thrashing riffs, powerful vocals, and a stupidly catchy (and maybe just plain stupid, but awesome) chorus, where Eric constantly proclaims “I bet you didn’t see that one coming”, and no, I probably didn’t, as it’s certainly an awesome and ridiculously fun track. It has excellent verses, a great instrumental section and probably my favorite chorus on the album, just because of how silly, yet fun it is. After such a big highlight, “Snake Eyes” proves to be solid, but not quite up to par with its predecessor. It’s still as fast, hard-hitting track, though, and it has some excellent riffs and is generally a ton of fun to listen to, I just find it doesn’t really stick with me much in between listens. The only other song here I have the same issue with is “Good or Bad”, a song which alternates nicely between slow verses and a fast chorus. I find the verses enjoyable, but the chorus just doesn’t really hit me the way most other songs on the album do, and Eric’s vocals feel just a bit strained compared to normal, so I usually end up forgetting about the track when I’m not listening to it. In between those two is “Survive”, which does not have that problem at all, as it has a somewhat slow, but very melodic and catchy chorus, which proves to be one of the best on the album, as well as some fast, heavy and intense riffs during the verses. Closing out the album is the short but awesome “The End”, another very hard hitting track, which moves at a blazing fast pace during its verses, before giving way to a slow, melodic and very enjoyable chorus. It’s a great track and it closes out the album in strong form.

I may not have much experience with Flotsam and Jetsam, but I certainly enjoyed their previous release a lot, as well as the bursts I’ve heard of their first two, and The End of Chaos is definitely another killer release, featuring just under 50 minutes of pure, hard-hitting thrash from start to finish. It picks up where the self-titled release left off, and if anything it’s even faster paced and more aggressive throughout. If this album is any indication, 2019 could be a great year for thrash, and either way, it proves again that Flotsam and Jetsam still have a lot left in them, so hopefully, they can keep the momentum going for a few more albums yet!

originally written for myglobalmind.com:https://myglobalmind.com/2019/01/06/flotsam-and-jetsam-the-end-of-chaos-review/


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