Review FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ‘Blood in the Water’

Flotsam And Jetsam is one of the bands I follow from the very early days when the legendary ‘Doomsday For the Deceiver’ album rocked the metal scene. The band went through ups and downs throughout their entire career and had to watch peers, that started at the same time, traveling to the top. Now, Metallica stopped basically playing metal after having released the ‘Black Album’, Slayer retired and Megadeth releases once in a while a new a longplayer. Flotsam And Jetsam’s metal engine though is still running on all cylinders and the guys kept the hunger for speedy thrash metal that isn’t shy of power metal elements too.

‘Blood in the Water’ is the 14th record, unleashed by AK and bandmates and it is the anticipated next metal strike. The current era started in 2010 with the well-crafted ‘The Cold’ album and found an even stronger continuation in ‘Ugly Noise’. It was the time when guitarist Michael Gilbert returned and along the way, metal veterans like Ken Mary joined the band from Arizona, providing a lively heartbeat of which also ‘Blood in the Water’ benefits a lot.

Flotsam And Jetsam found the sweet-spot of referring to the earlier days of the band without adding a lot of layers of dust to their songs. What’s in line with the early days is the untamed power that is weaved into each of the twelve songs on the album. ‘Too Many Lives’ is one of these blistering songs and ‘Cry for the Dead’ could have been written in the ‘Doomsday for the Deceiver’-days. The way, how the song builds up from an acoustic beginning to a heavy pounding metal track is impressive and so are AK’s vocals. The songs allows him to present his entire vocal range which covers soulful moments as well the raspy metal shouts.

The speedboat on the album is called ‘Grey Dragon’. Speed metal, boiled down to its essence, is what challenges your eardrums in a positive way. Some little twists spice-up this smashing highlight without disrupting the blast this song entails. ‘Undone’ is more placed in the mid-pace segment, still carrying a lot of dynamic and energy. The chorus is superb and shows that these guys play met with authority.

The closer is named ‘Undone’ and you can get the impression that Flotsam And Jetsam isn’t done at all. These five guys have metal running through their veins and it is the metal heart that keeps on pumping. Flotsam And Jetsam in 2021 is on fire – older, louder, cooler, heavier and hungry. Wow.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Blood In The Water
  2. Burn The Sky
  3. Brace For Impact
  4. A Place To Die
  5. The Walls
  6. Cry For The Dead
  7. The Wicked Hour
  8. Too Many Lives
  9. Grey Dragon
  10. Reaggression
  11. Undone
  12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 4th, 2021

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