Flotsam & Jetsam – The End Of Chaos
If there ever were some kind of honorable veteran thrash metal tour coming, Flotsam & Jetsam should fit perfectly. This is the bands 13th record and their persistance and longevity are impressive. First track “Prisoners Of Time”sets the record straight about what this record is all about, full speed ahead thrash metal. Did they listen to the wrong people back then or was it just bad luck that made other bands going past them into the stardom?
But If you are into thrash metal, and think that this band is way past expire date then think again. With captivating melodies and perfectly suited vocals it is perfect for a thrasher in 2019.
“Control” sends us into a thrash metal dryer. “Recover” let us just do that, catch our breath for a minute, but still i catch myself playing air guitar like a madman. Very surprisingly it feels fresh listening to the band. I don´t remember them being this hungry the last time i heard them. However this song consists of a repeated and nagging “i may never recover from this” strange. With “Prepare for chaos” we are back on the thrash track, here the spotlights are on guitarists Steve Conley and Michael Gilbert who shows us their skills without being all too “guitar hero”ish. “Slowly Insane” keeps the pace good, no rest for us listeners here.
“Good Or Bad” comes up next and I do feel that they have succeded in putting the songs in a good order on the record. Some false pitfalls for us to believe they´ve soften during the record and then they are on it again. But we are only halfway through this thunderous hurricane of a record. “Demolition Man” is a track I figure that the band put in just so we can catch our breath now and then. “Unwelcome Surprise” is a track that challenges Tom Arrayas most furious vocal attacks, here Eric A.K. Knutson spits out the words so fast he almost stumbles on the words. “Snake Eyes” introduce us to Ken Mary who replaced Jason Bittner(who left for Overkill whom they do a short European tour with in February and March) in the intro of the song and once again you find yourself in an imaginary circle pit. A suitable word for a song on this album is “Survive”. Third to final track and the question must be asked – Did you survive this listening?
On the second to last song I think I can hear vibes of Iron Maiden if Flotsam would have played it a bit slower!. Last song “The End”is suitable for this surprisingly great record. But if it means slowing down and thank you for listening, you are dead wrong. Here AK sounds a bit like Stu Block of Iced Earth in bits and pieces of the song.
I am totally knocked out by this record. If you think the bands last release “Flotsam & Jetsam” was refreshing it´s nothing to this beast. I can only hope that they can find a support slot for a bigger band on this coming tour, i am sure they can get more fans.
Artist: Flotsam & Jetsam
Title: The End Of Chaos
Label: AFM Records
Date of release: 2019-01-18
Stand out track: Control