Steve Gilbert / “Flotsam and Jetsam have plenty left to say”
14 May 2021
Considered by many to be deserving of the legendary title, Flotsam and Jetsam are back with some of their best music in their long career, with the new album ‘Blood In The Water’ set for release on 4 June, via AFM Records.
Formed around the same time as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Venom, their 1986 debut album ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ received the first and only 6K rating in Kerrang! Magazine’s history.
Indeed, in a recent episode of MetalTalk TV, Michael Alago, famed for spotting and signing Metallica to Elektra records in 1984, spoke about how he scouted and signed Flotsam and Jetsam and how he identified Jason Newsted as Metallica’s next bass player.
While the band’s rise may not have hit the stratospheric levels of many of their peers, vocalist Eric ‘AK’ Knutson told MetalTalk that he believes that the future is bright. “We’ve seen our fan base increasing, and we’ve seen the response to the last two albums getting louder and louder. We have some of the most committed and crazy fans in the world. We charted higher on our previous album than at any point in our career,” says AK.
With such momentum, AK believes that a Motörhead-style late-career surge is possible. “Maybe our career path will run similar to Motörhead’s, who, although always considered iconic, didn’t breakthrough in a big way until later in their career. We feel our time is now. We’re like that dog that’s been kicked, and we’re ready to break the door down and take what’s ours.”
‘Blood In The Water’ is album number fourteen, and with Flotsam and Jetsam now making some of the best music in their career, the drive and creative passions show no sign of wearing out.
Guitarist Steve Gilbert told MetalTalk: “Following up ‘The End of Chaos’ (Flotsam’s last album) was no easy task. We weren’t sure what we had left in the tank, as we put so much work, sweat, and blood into that album. As it turns out, we had plenty left to say. With everything that’s happened in the world, the friends we lost this last year, and not being able to perform or tour, you hear all of that in our music. It’s angry, it’s aggressive, and our emotions pour out all over this album.”
Blood In The Water
1 – Blood In The Water
2 – Burn The Sky
3 – Brace For Impact
4 – A Place To Die
5 – The Walls
6 – Cry For The Dead
7 – The Wicked Hour
8 – Too Many Lives
9 – Grey Dragon
10 – Reaggression
11 – Undone
12 – Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World