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Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver

Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver

Label : Metal Blade | Archive under speed / thrash metal

Release type: Re-release

Sjak : The year 1986 was a very good year for the thrash metal movement, because with Dark Angel’s ‘Darkness Descends’, Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’, Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ and Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ a large number of true classic albums were released within the genre. Also the debut album of the young band Flotsam And Jetsam entitled ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ was brought to market in that year and fits seamlessly in that list of earlier mentioned classics. The band played thrash metal with lots of melody and had in Erik A.K. Knutson a singer whose voice sounded much cleaner than most other thrash metal singers. That accounted for the fact that Flotsam And Jetsam sounded quite original and that they were regarded as one of the most promising, young new bands around.

In 2006 already a special 20th anniversary edition of this record was rereleased, but still Metal Blade has decided to bring ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ to market again, this time with the instrumental ‘Flotzilla’ and the four-track ‘Metal Shock’ demo as bonus material. Even nowadays the largely by Jason Newsted written song material that is to be found on this Flotsam And Jetsam debut sounds extraordinary powerful and you’re immediately captivated by the intensity and the musical craftsmanship. One after the other fantastic riff is fired at you, while both guitar players Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson can really enjoy themselves in the many, fresh sounding guitar solos. It is however singer Erik A.K. Knutson which lift the already fantastic song material to even greater heights by means of his mighty-fine vocals and impressive screams.

Especially opening track ‘Hammerhead’, the rough ‘Iron Tears’, the more than nine minutes long, varied title track ‘Doomsday For the Deceiver’ and ‘Metalshock’ sound awesome, but as a matter of fact there is not one weak moment to be found on the entire album. The ‘Metal Shock’ demo from 1985 is a nice bonus and shows, despite of the somewhat less sound quality, that the band had lots of talent, which really came to life in all aspects on ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’. Together with successor ‘No Place For Disgrace’ this is the best material that Flotsam And Jetsam has ever released and as such this album can really be seen as a true classic in the thrash metal genre. For me personally ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ is one of the best metal albums ever and therefore it should be part of the collection of everyone that digs old school thrash with melody! Flotsam And Jetsam is a one of a kind band which unfortunately never got the success that they should have gotten on the basis of their superior song material…

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