Flotsam and Jetsam
May 25, 2020
The Exchange Presents:
Flotsam and Jetsam
May 25, 2020
All Ages - Licensed
Doors at 7:30
Advance tickets available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at theexchangelive.ca
Flotsam and Jetsam is an American thrash metal and progressive metal band that formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. The band currently consists of vocalist Eric "A.K" Knutson, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley, bassist Michael Spencer, and drummer Ken Mary. Flotsam and Jetsam went through several lineup changes over the years, and Knutson has been the only constant member of the band. They are also notable for featuring bassist Jason Newsted, who left the band shortly after the release of their debut album to join Metallica as Cliff Burton's replacement.
Flotsam and Jetsam has released thirteen studio albums in their career (the latest being 2019's The End of Chaos), and have sold over one million records worldwide. Despite not achieving similar levels of commercial success as some of their thrash metal contemporaries, the band is often credited as an integral part of the second wave of the genre in the 1980s and early 1990s (along with Testament, Sepultura, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Sacred Reich, Forbidden, Vio-Lence and Annihilator), and has achieved minor success in the United States, with two of their albums (1988's No Place for Disgrace and 1990's When the Storm Comes Down) entering the Billboard 200 chart, and their fourth album Cuatro (1992) cracking the top 30 on the Heatseekers chart
According to Eric, the veteran Arizona metallers "had about 43 songs" in various stages of completion during the writing process for this year's "The End Of Chaos" record. "We had to reduce it down to 14 so we didn't waste a bunch of time," he said. "It was really difficult because all 43 songs [guitarists Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley] handed me were amazing. I just had to go through and listen to the chorus parts of songs and just go, 'Okay, I hear something here right away, and I'm gonna work on this one.' As soon as I get that one at a skeletal stage, I listen through all of them again and find one that that I thought was doable for the record and start working on that one."
He continued: "You can listen to pretty much any song on 'The End Of Chaos' and go, 'You know what? This would have fit on [1995's] 'Drift' or this would have fit on [1988's] 'No Place [For Disgrace]' or this one would have done well with one of the other records. There's little bits and hints of every era of FLOTSAM. "I've got files and files of songs for this new record that didn't make it that we can easily adapt for the next one," he said. "The writing process is much more fun and much more fluid than it ever has been before. Those guys just kept sending me great song after great song after great song. At this point, I'm excited for the next one."
Knutson also commented on the fact that "The End Of Chaos" has turned out to be one of the heaviest albums of FLOTSAM's career. "I like to do the ballads and stuff, because I get to show off my voice a little bit," he said. "We had a couple of ballads in the 43 songs I had to choose from, and they just didn't come anywhere near the stuff that ended up on the record. It was a no-brainer to just keep it fast and heavy, and every song I wrote the next lyrics to ended up being faster and heavier than the one before. It just kind of fell into place that way."
"The End Of Chaos" was released on January 18 via AFM Records.