Flotsam and Jetsam – “Ugly Noise”

Flotsam and Jetsam – “Ugly Noise” (Metal Blade Records)

Made well known in the 80s for their early thrash classic in “Doomsday For The Deceiver”, these Arizonians got even more famous when bass player Jason Newsted left for Metallica! Since then they’ve had a haphazard career, with various ups and downs thru successive line up changes, although recently the original unit has re-formed minus Jason. But clearly there is still demand out there for the band as “Ugly Noise” – the bands 11th album no less – was funded via a successful Pledgemusic campaign! Despite their roots, the Flots have moved away from thrash these days to playing heavy rock metal very much in the Armored Saint type groove. Sure, there’s still hints thrashing in ‘Carry On’, but generally songs like ‘Play Your Part’ and ‘Motherfuckery’ reflect a very bold move indeed on the band’s part to rely less on their legacy and instead concentrate on the quality of their music and musicianship in writing stand up power rock songs. Eric AK’s vocals are still ringing true after all these years although on this album he’s hinting more at John Bush’s hard rockin style while Mike Gilbert and Ed Carlson are still a dueling death duo on guitars as judged by their still thrashin’ solos – guess they haven’t had enough of those neck snapping memories ha ha – and either has Kelly David-Smith who’s still faithfully pounding his kit to oblivion! Flotsam and Jetsam may be true to their name in the sea of metal, but there’s still a treasure or two left in their career chest.

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