From medieval torture devices to modern problems, Flotsam can tackle any subject and make it look easy.

Metal in America has been stagnant for years. The artistic visions of the extreme have been overshadowed by mainstream pop since the demise of grunge. It’s enough to make me sick but fortunately the quality heavy metal released in America this year has me convinced my favorite music is finally making a comeback.

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Flotsam & Jetsam has always been a respectable metal band but I think their true relevancy has been forever tinged by their former bassist Jason Newsted and his relationship to Metallica. They’ve been an active moniker for over thirty years and I think it’s time we started appreciating them for their music and not their historical association to it. That being said, this new self-titled effort is one of the best Flotsam & Jetsam albums ever.

I love the prominent bass lines in this mix. Michael Spencer is a great addition and really keeps the melodies grounded. The drums of Jason Bittner are what we’ve come to expect, high speed tempos with an unwavering clarity. The guitar work of Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley are the real highlight of this effort. Gilbert is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets in metal. The vocals of Eric “A.K.” Knutson are impressive to say the least. His melodic delivery has become a trade mark of the band and there is no doubt he can still belt it out with the best of them! Highlight tracks for me are: “Seventh Seal”, “Life Is A Mess”, “Taser”, “Iron Maiden”, “Creeper”, Monkey Wrench” and “Smoking Gun”.

 

Flotsam has put themselves back on the map with this effort. So few thrash acts are able to move so effortlessly between subject matters and still keep you headbanging. From medieval torture devices to modern problems, Flotsam can tackle any subject and make it look easy. Check out this revitalizing release! \m/

Flotsam & Jetsam are:

  • Michael Gilbert – Guitars
  • Jason Bittner – Drums
  • Eric ‘A.K.’ Knutson – Vocals
  • Steve Conley – Guitars
  • Michael Spencer – Bass
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