FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — No Place for Disgrace (review)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — No Place for Disgrace album cover Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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"No Place for Disgrace" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Arizona based thrash metal act Flotsam and Jetsam. The album was released through Elektra Records in May 1988. There´s been one Lineup change since the debut album as Troy Gregory has replaced Jason Newsted, after the latter left to play with Metallica.

Stylistically there have been a few changes too since "Doomsday for the Deceiver (1986)". The basic musical style is still thrash metal, but "No Place for Disgrace" is generally a bit more heavy metal oriented than it´s predecessor, and even features a couple of rock´n´roll elements. Most notably in the inclusion of the Elton John cover "Saturday Night´s alright for Fighting", but there are other tracks too which feature that influence. When Flotsam and Jetsam thrash they do thrash pretty hard though, and the many genre elements make for a pretty varied listen.

The material on the 10 track, 54:40 minutes long album is also generally of a high quality, and the album features a relatively good flow despite the diversity of the material. Highlights include the opening title track, "Dreams of Death", and "Escape From Within". I think the quality of the material drops slightly the longer you get into the album, but it´s nothing serious, and there´s nothing really bad featured on the album, just a couple of tracks which don´t stand out as much as the ones mentioned above.

One of the greatest assets is the high class musicianship. These guys are very well playing, and Eric A.K. is a phenomenal singer. He is a pretty unusual thrash metal vocalist who sings more then he yells/screams. Sort of like listening to a mid-range Rob Halford (Judas Priest) singing thrash. Eric A.K. delivers a couple of piercing high pitched screams on occasion too. His performance throughout the album is of a high, high class.

So "No Place for Disgrace" is in many ways a great sophomore release by Flotsam and Jetsam. Unfortunately the sound production leaves a bit to be desired. It´s actally alright when it comes to vocals, bass, and drums, but the rhythm guitars features an unpleasant thin tone, that takes power out of the music. That aside "No Place for Disgrace" is still a great quality album, and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
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