Flotsam and Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam
- Flotsam And Jetsam
- Release date:
- May 20, 2016
- AFM Records
- Thrash Metal
Flotsam and Jetsam is a really good album. Flotsam and Jetsam are trying out what they think is cool and even has created a coherent album. Most things were very good, a few things managed button as well.
Finally, I will mention that it is to the eternal frustration of the undersigned, to that on the album is a track called "Flotsam and Jetsam". I am thinking here of models such as the song "Iron Maiden" by the band Iron Maiden on the album Iron Maiden, or "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath from Black Sabbath. When you have the chance to get in the category with these, so it must be approached!
An old favorite
For the geeks is Flotsam and Jetsam known to be the band that supplied the bassist Jason Newsted to Metallica after their bassist, Cliff Burton, died. Major geeks is the Flotsam and Jetsam known for the two (really good) formative thrash albums Doomsday for the Deceiver and No Place for Disgrace. And with good reason, one is tempted to say. Of ago the two great contributions to metal music, the band has not really been of great relevance...until now.
For Flotsam and Jetsam have made a very good and original album. It is an album which without a doubt has its foundation and base in thrashmetal. But at the same time, genres seen as just that begrebslige ideal-typical phenomenon it is, and not an artistic limitation. They have their musical home in thrash, but play what they want to – some times more successfully than others. Let it however be said with the same: Flotsam and Jetsam have with their new album, Flotsam and Jetsam (Yes, original, not?) made a really good album. It's not perfect, but it is really good.
Pompous, thrashet and modern
A keywords through the album is, among other things, epic heltemetal (not technically one word, but you catch my drift...). That's not to say the Manowar-like-sword-and-bar-torso-in-oil-way, but with a grandiose and epic approach to the music and (sometimes) a little too bombastic vocals, singing some at times quite amazing text. As f.ex. in the opener "the Seventh Seal", where it reads: "the Seven trumpets roar, the seven bowls of wrath / A seven-headed beast, the seven seals of the scroll / Peels of thunder, lighting cracks, serials, rumbling the sky"
Another recurring element is the modern sounding, but still classically composed thrash. Thrashen is in some intersections just off the highway, quick and damn immersive. As f.ex. "Life Is A Mess" and "L. O. T. D". In some places, playing in the band with a prog'a feeling and experimenting with different rytmefornemmelser and markings, as the numbers "Verge of Tragedy" and "the Creeper".
The sound is, as implied, modern, well-produced, with all the instruments clear. The bass is located relatively far forward in the mix, which probably will be to the excitement of bass players and to the irritation of the guitarists. The vocals comes most to its right to be forced up in pace. No doubt that the lead singer Eric A. K. has a penchant for singing heltemetal, but his voice makes now, in my ears, best when he is squeezed out during the faster phrases.
One last thing that must be rounded in the context of the album is the track "Iron Maiden". The number is an attempt to write a hyldestnummer to the classic heavy metal band of the same name. The project is very fun and likeable, but also an exemplary explication of why the Iron Maiden is Iron Maiden and not the other. It ends up to be sweet, but silly. Never good. Especially the bass points out the necessity of Steve Harris's distinguished work in Iron Maiden – a job that not just allows himself to copy.
>> Check the songs and lyrics here