Flotsam & Jetsam, Doomsday for the Deceiver

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 06.14.11 in Reviews
A pure thrash gem

Flotsam & Jetsam are best known as the band that spawned bassist, lyricist and songwriter Jason Newsted, who replaced Cliff Burton in Metallica when the latter died in a bus accident. That being the case, it’s surprising that Flotsam & Jetsam’s debut, Doomsday For the Deceiver, has been so criminally overlooked. The album is a pure thrash gem that sounds like a cross between Metallica (there’s even a song called “Fade to Black”), Among the Livng-era Anthrax and early Iron Maiden. The songwriting on uptempo tracks like “Hammerhead,” “Desecrator” and “She Took an Axe” is top-notch, filled with fast, catchy riffs, galloping drums and shrill, melodic vocals. But it’s the eight to nine minute multi-textural thrash ballads, the title track and “Metalshock,” that display the band at its best. Even after Newsted’s departure, guitarist Michael Gilbert proved he had the writing chops to keep Flotsam raging for several more strong albums.