Odd band name, no? Flotsam and Jetsam were kind of an odd amalgam of thrash and progressive power metal. Doomsday For The Deceiver has a well-respected footing in the annals of thrash lore. Enough, in fact, that Metal Blade sought fit to release a 20th anniversary special edition of Doomsday For The Deceiver in 2006. Though this record doesn’t quite have me screaming its praises from rooftops, I do enjoy a few tracks. Hammerhead is probably my favorite tune, an interesting introduction to the album featuring an almost Diamond Head-esque vocal over a manic attack of bass, drums, and guitar. Iron Tears is the album’s solid second cut, while Doomsday For The Deceiver is the record’s centerpiece; a nine minute long feast of hyperactivity with a Fade To Black style intro section. I think, however, that nine minutes is quite egregious for this song. My problem with the record is the many of the songs sound similar. A nervousness, and a tendency for overindulgence (and length) bogs down the band’s creative impact, not unlike that ol’ Culprit album from ’83. Nice to hear the “clean” vocal style of Erik A.K. though, a welcome addition to thrash’s tiny fraternity of traditional singers (presided by Joey B. of Anthrax, of course). But listening to Flotsam And Jetsam on Doomsday For The Deceiver is a bit like listening to a moving target (just realized that technically makes no sense, but you know what I mean). Wish they had settled down once in a while and just let it groove a bit.
Hey, I got through a whole review without even mentioning that a certain bassist from this band left to join another, more famous, metal band. Has that ever been done? My score: B-