By Andrew Catania
Flotsam and Jetsam is the kind of band that has you scratching your head on why they’re not bigger than they are. They put out great, quality music every album and there’s hardly any filler. A good example is there upcoming release, The End Of Chaos.
I remember seeing FloJet back in 1988 at the Agora Ballroom in Connecticut playing with Megadeth. I spoke to Michael Gilbert and remember Dave Mustaine commenting about the roof leaking. They rocked the house down back then.
From the moment Prisoner of Time detonates it’s clear that Flotsam and Jetsam are not resting upon their significant laurels. A blistering riff opens proceedings nicely and a full-throttle opener seems assured. suddenly dropping down through the gears to allow a fantastic bass-led passage to lead smoothly into A.K’s gloriously theatrical vocals. Having gotten things off to a flying start, control significantly ups the ante, the drums delivered with mechanical precision, over which a series of blistering solos are unleashed. These would, in the normal ruin of things, tower over everything if it weren’t for A.K.s unfeasibly assured performance behind the mic. He’s never sounded better and his vocals consistently astound over the course of the record. Steve Conley has been a great addition to the band.
When I look at the bands being booked for the summer festivals, Flotsam and Jetsam is one that should be included over some of these bubble gum corporate rock bands. Be sure to pick up a copy of The End of Chaos when it comes out on January 18, 2019, you won’t be disappointed. 10/10 rating