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Flotsam and Jetsam 'Blood In the Water' Album Review By Allyson Kingsley

Flotsam and Jetsam

Blood In the Water

June 4, 2021

AFM Records

Album Review By Allyson Kingsley

Boston Rock Radio




The Arizona thrash metal veterans are back with Blood In the Water, a title that drummer Ken Mary states is a reference to the current world events that have "poured fuel on the creative fire." Immediately the album tears in with aggressive abandon and new bassist Bill Bodily (Contraband, ex-Inhumatus, ex-Toxik) thunders all throughout with his furious bass riffs. This is stellar thrash metal and exactly what you expect - loud, viscous, and with plenty of bite. Flotsam and Jetsam continue to display their enormous energy.

Blood In the Water blasts with melodic and furious rhythms. The bass is frenetic, dense and hammering and the drumming slays as expected of Ken Mary.  AK's signature vocals are the highlight that reigns the album.  As to be expected of thrash metal, the dense multi-layered guitar attacks from Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley ascends and descends the gamut that made the genre kick ass. Certainly not to be seen as an 80's metal revivalism, Flotsam and Jetsam display that though times continue to change, a winning formula does not.

With anthemic tracks such as "A Place To Die" and "Cry for the Dead," they knock it out of the park at what it means to be metal with galloping rhythms and soaring choruses. We are treated with superb guitar sounds and a first class production.  The entire album hums like a power station on overload; guitars duel relentlessly, the songs are immense and the rhythm section holds it all together.

Blood In the Water is littered with absolute class and crackles with electric excitement and adrenaline. It is a wrecking ball of wild chaotic brilliance and is how great thrash metal sounds like.



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