My recollection of Arizona's Flotsam And Jetsam is more than a little fuzzy. But I do remember a few things. One was that they rose around the same time as other thrash metal bands like Metallica, but never had quite the same success as the so-called "Big Four." Also, speaking of Metallica, I recall that original bass player Jason Newsted jumped ship to join that iconic band after bassist Cliff Burton tragic death. The third thing I remember, a sad thing, is that I never owned an F&J album, until now. The band returns with their twelfth studio album, simply self-titled, Flotsam And Jetsam on Germany's AFM music label.
Now, not having had an album or any recollection of listening to the band back in the day (but I probably did, just can't remember), I come to this album with somewhat fresh and objective ears. Perhaps my description or observations of this album can be done with a few words. Fierce, fast, intense, bristling, and pummeling. If those words conjure up some remembrance of the rabid and razor sharp intensity of original thrash metal, and how it was so revolutionary back in the early Eighties, then you will like everything about Flotsam And Jetsam's current incarnation. Riffs upon riffs upon more riffs. Boisterous and soaring fast solos. Galloping speed. A boundless and punishing bottom end. There are some exceptions to the speed and intensity. Minor slow downs as it were with Verge Of Tragedy, Creeper, and the guitar instrumental The Incantation. Otherwise, buckle up. The album explodes from the gate and doesn't quit until it shatters your eardrums and melts your brain. As I said, if you like old school thrash made even heavier and intense for the modern era and the modern metal listener, you will like this album. Me? I prefer not to have my brain liquefied. Recommended.
If you like old school thrash made even heavier and intense for the modern era and the modern metal listener, you will like Flotsam And Jetsam's new album. Me? I prefer not to have my brain liquefied. Recommended.
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