Flotsam And Jetsam – “Doomsday For The Deceiver” (1986)

Oh crap.  Now you’ve done it, green monster dude.  You knocked Satan’s eye out!

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-


2 thoughts on “Flotsam And Jetsam – “Doomsday For The Deceiver” (1986)

  1. 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-

    No way…ha ha !!!!!

    Yeah, this has been pressed to death, about 7 or eight versions. I only need the first one which was done by Restless/ Metal Blade. The rest are not that important, because this band was in the groove back for the first 2 albums. The the thrash metal movement started its slow down sindrome.

    Oh yeah, when I first started seeing Jason Newstead in Metal Magazines…he was Metallica’s # 1 supporter and # 1 fan next side Kick Ass Monthly’s Bob Muldowney, and I could tell if Metallica ever need a bassist, this would be the guy.

    Anyhow some wild ass news … I found a copy of Femme Fatale’s 1988 debut on CD, and highly recommended.

    And the 600 dollar album by the band Coven “Worship New Gods” can be found for 10.00 on CD. I got 2 copies and will get a couple more next pay period, every 2 weeks. Shadow Kingdom does this

    For bands from this wave of thrash metal, my favorites are The Great Kat, Exumer, Sentinel Beast, Detente. Way better than this band, but that is subjective anyhow. Other presses of this album on CD are CD zorro Metal Blade UK and Caroline Records did a second pressing. And the box set you mentioned. ,
    For a moment back in 1986, I thought Metallica needs this guy as there big mouth publicist, he was that on fire for the band. To bad about September 27 , 1986…when Cliff died. And at that time original bassit Ron McGoveny was in a demo band called Phantasm with the Hirax singer rager.

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