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Although Metallica were undoubtedly the front-runners of the thrash genre throughout the '80s, the decade saw numerous similar acts work their way out of the underground — Testament, Metal Church, and especially Flotsam & Jetsam. Hailing from a locale not exactly known for spawning metal acts — Arizona — Flotsam & Jetsam seemed well on their way to joining the thrash metal elite before bassist Jason Newsted jumped ship to join Metallica. The only Newsted-era Flotsam release, Doomsday for the Deceiver, received the 20th Anniversary Edition treatment in 2006, and for fans of this cult classic metal release, there is much to feast on. Comprised of a staggering three discs, the release includes both original and remixed/remastered versions of Doomsday for the Deceiver, bonus tracks, and also a DVD of interviews and numerous early performances. Musically however, it was clear who the group's main influence was on such tracks as "Hammerhead" and the epic title track. Elsewhere, it's obvious that guitarists Michael Gilbert and Edward Carlson were going through a heavy Yngwie Malmsteen phase at the time, as the solos on such tracks as "Flotzilla" sound like they were directly lifted from Rising Force. But give the band some credit — while most metal acts were busy perfecting their spandex color coordination, Flotsam & Jetsam gentlemen were helping spread the word about a new, extreme metallic style, and they were certainly off to a good start with Doomsday for the Deceiver, Rovi

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The remixes on this album are freaking amazing. Wow, just wow. I loved this album before but now it is just sick. Great job guys.

Killer Thrash album

This has got to be one of the fastest thrash albums. Best songs Hammerhead, Doomsday for the Deceiver, Metalshock, and Flotzilla. The remastered versions are way better than the original in sound quality. I recommend this album to Thrash Metal fans and Speed Metal fans, Flotsam and Jetsam are definitely one of the many overlooked metal bands of the 80's, buy this album.


This is a freaking sweet old school thrash album. The guitars are fast and loud, vocals are that great over-dramatic Bruce Dickinson style, and overall the music is just insanely amazing. The lyrics for the most part are really good, sometimes a little cheesy, but still good. Best song IMO is Der Fuhrer- good lyrics, some of the best guitar I've heard, and just a great thrash song.


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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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1986

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