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Album Review

Though a little rough in the production department, Flotsam & Jetsam's first album, Doomsday for the Deceiver, attempts both short bursts of thrashing intensity ("Desecrator," "Iron Tears") as well as extended, multi-part epics ("Metalshock" and the title track). Bassist and lyricist Jason Newsted occasionally attempts to squeeze too many words into some songs, but also displays a refreshing sense of humor (a rarity in this genre) on "Hammerhead" and "She Took an Axe." "U.S.L.W." is rather good but the nine-minute-plus title track is the best cut on the album, largely due to guitarist Michael Gilbert's very tasteful acoustic guitar intro. Overall, this is an important record for fans of early thrash metal.

Customer Reviews

Sounds like Metallica? Well it has their Bassist

Before Jason Newstead(?) joined Metallica he and fellow Flotsams made this album which was already doing well in its own right. The follow up without him wasn't as successful, although I can't say that is because he left. She Took an Axe is my favourite but for anyone into Thrash metal, especially the earlier stuff all the songs are excellent. Buy some extra tight black jeans and sing along!

must have

This is a classic album, a seriously good thrasher and a must have for the collection. I remember buying this when it first came out and being stunned by a young Jason Newsted (wearing a Jump in the Fire T-shirt in the pics). I saw them with Megadeth on the Peace Sells tour and thought they would be huge.. oh well shame on that front. Buy it you wont fail to bang your head.


Formed: 1985 in Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Flotsam and Jetsam initially showed a lot of promise within thrash metal circles and, though they've continued to record over the decades, their talent and professionalism never quite translated into significant sales or mainstream recognition. Formed in Arizona by vocalist Eric A. K., guitarists Michael Gilbert and Edward Carlson, bassist Jason Newsted, and drummer Kelly David-Smith, Flotsam and Jetsam were part of the second wave of thrash bands. After signing with Metal Blade Records, they recorded...
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Doomsday for the Deceiver, Flotsam and Jetsam
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1986

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