artist : Flotsam and Jetsam
genre : Power/Thrash Metal
year : 2010
Metal veterans Flotsam and Jetsam release their tenth album in 2010 and it contains ten tracks. Coincidence?
Flotsam and Jetsam had begun as a thrash metal band way back in 1986 and after almost twenty five years of making music they have not changed the basic identity of the band and that is thrash. Other elements strengthening their songs are always seen and their 2010 album The Cold is progressive power thrash.
Making one sing praises for their new album does not seem like a hard thing for them. The opening minute itself has a hint that they are offering something special. Tracks that walk the progressive thrash line without deviation are Blackened Eyes Staring, Hypocrite, Take and Black Cloud. Wetting your pants even more are the solos on the title track The Cold, Blackened Eyes Staring and Falling Short.
Better Off Dead has an acoustic intro and is one of my favorites. It’s about everything that would make you hope that you were better off dead. Vocalist … plays a role that is greater than that of the instruments here. I share similar feelings for Secret Life. Falling Short, Always and K.Y.A. start with thrash and end with thrash. This is what I was talking about initially. Going by the lyrics of K.Y.A. it stands for kick your ass and they do it really well.
I do not remember the last time I discussed this band with anybody. If you haven’t heard Flotsam and Jetsam yet then do so and starting with The Cold would not be a bad idea although there is a hell lot they have in store for you.
Rating : 3.5/5