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Flotsam & Jetsam

It’s certainly cool to see a band that has been on the downside of their career rebound strongly. While I haven’t hated anything they’ve done, they have not been the most compelling band the last few years. THE COLD and UGLY NOISE were definitely lower tier as their career has gone. That said, they have rebounded in a big, big way with FLOTSAM & JETSAM. Without question, this is the best release the band has done this century. Being honest, I would have to go back to material like CUATRO or DRIFT to find material I’ve liked as much. The first single, “Life Is A Mess” brings that sense of urgent metal to the forefront; that same vibe you found early on in this band’s career. Other songs, like the blazing “Iron Maiden”, pay homage to the iconic band of the same name with it’s guitar sound while sounding as powerful as anything this band has done in ages.

PITRIFF RATING - 87/100 - A band that’s always been one I wanted desperately to return to form has done just that. With strong musicianship, great vocals and well crafted songs, FLOTSAM & JETSAM is the best material this band has done in close to 20 years. Definitely recommended for those that love the glory days of metal.

Chris Akin

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