Flotsam and Jetsam
From: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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American thrash act Flotsam and Jetsam will be heading over to Europe in February to support Sepultura and Legion of the Damned along with Mortillery.
"Ugly Noise" is Flotsam and Jetsam's eleventh full-length album, and first release on Metal Blade since 2001, following the 2010 album, "The Cold."
The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven't recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since 1997. More...
In the United States, the main focus on thrash metal seems to be on the states of New York and California, though anyone who knows a bit about the genre will tell you that America produced some excellent thrash from all across the country. Take for example the state of Arizona, which gave birth to an act still going strong today, Flotsam and Jetsam. The seeds of the band were sewn in 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona, where drummer Kelly David-Smith formed the group with guitarists Pete Mello and Dave Goulder under the moniker, Paradox. They were soon joined by bassist and vocalist, Jason Newsted, who was in town with his band Gangster, who broke up in the city on their way to California from Michigan. After a few members came and went, along with the new name, Dredlox, Kelly reached out to an old schoolmate named Eric A. Knutson, who was attending the same summer school class and agreed to audition for the band. The group soon changed their name once more, this time to Dogz, before rechristening themselves yet again under the moniker, Flotsam and Jetsam.
They soon established themselves in the Arizona club scene and would frequently make the trip to California, leading them to support such acts as Megadeth, Mercyful Fate and Armored Saint amongst others. They recorded their first demos in 1985, "Iron Tears" and "Metal Shock," as well as a video for "Hammerhead," which they recorded in guitarist Ed Carlson’s living room. Their efforts impressed several record companies and before long they were signed to Metal Blade Records, who had previously signed Metallica and Slayer. They released their debut album, "Doomsday for the Deceiver" in 1987 to instant critical acclaim, becoming the first album in history to be rated 6/5 in Kerrang! magazine and is still regarded today as one of, if not their strongest work and one of the best debuts in the history of thrash metal. More...
Flotsam and Jetsam has posted the following message online about canceling upcoming European tour dates:
"Jeff Keller Management LLC, the management company for Flotsam & Jetsam and Hirax, has announced that due to circumstances beyond the bands and management’s control, the 'Metal Apocalypse' European tour that was scheduled to feature both artists will now be cancelled."
Jeff Keller states: "Unfortunately, it was in both bands best interest to not continue with the tour at this time. We apologize to the fans for this unfortunate circumstance, and I can assure the fans that both bands will be in Europe in 2014 for other touring and festival appearances."
Flotsam and Jetsam has inked a new deal with Metal Blade Records for the album "Ugly Noise" to be released on April 16th, 2013. The label comments:
"Flotsam and Jetsam, arguably one of the most influential and prominent acts from thrash metal's birth in the early 80s, has returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, Ugly Noise. The lead single/title track is available for streaming now at this location.
"Ugly Noise is the band's eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow up to their 2010 album, The Cold. The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven't recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since High in 1997."
Flotsam and Jetsam's Kelly Smith comments on working with Metal Blade: "We have just inked a distribution deal for the release of 'Ugly Noise' through Metal Blade Records. Ugly Noise will be released worldwide in late March/Early April of 2013. It was the obvious choice for us after our long-standing relationship and Metal Blades 30 year history of metal. You can't match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them. We are excited and looking forward to working with MB in 2013."
Also, tune into Liquid Metal on SiriusXM this week for a Flotsam and Jetsam interview & Liquid Metal Takeover. Kelly Smith, Eric AK and Michael Gilbert stop by the SiriusXM NYC studios to talk to Jose Mangin about the new album and current comeback tour with Testament. Tune in to listen: More...
U.S. metal act Flotsam and Jetsam is streaming the title track from the new LP "Ugly Noise." The album's recording was funded through PledgeMusic with 10% of the pledges received going to the Children's Miracle Network.
The album will be issued through Metal Blade Records on April 12, 2013 (G/A/S), April 15, 2013 (EU) and April 16, 2013 (North America) and marks the first album featuring the majority of the band's original lineup (sans Jason Newsted).
Flotsam & Jetsam are currently on a North American tour ("The Dark Roots of Thrash" Tour) with Australia's 4Arm in support of Testament (see dates here).
Check out "Ugly Noise" here: More...
Australia's 4ARM has been confirmed as the opening act for "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour with Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam And Jetsam, which kicks off tonight at the House Of Blues in Anaheim.
The first four dates will not feature Flotsam And Jetsam on the bill, since the band is busy with the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. 4ARM is touring in support of its recent album, "Submission for Liberty," which spawned an official video for the title track. Watch that video after the tour dates.
01/31 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/01 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/02 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/04 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/05 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/06 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
02/07 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
02/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/10 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
02/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/13 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
02/14 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
02/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
02/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/17 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/18 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/20 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
02/21 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
02/22 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02/25 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
02/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
02/27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
02/28 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades More...
The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.
The complete lineup is as follows:
3 Inches of Blood
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
Metal Church More...
Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.
So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SUBWAY TO SALLY
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:
"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?
"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...
Phoenix based metal act Flotsam & Jetsam unveiled the artwork for the band's new LP "Ugly Noise," which is scheduled for release on November 21, 2012. The band had initially launched a "PledgeMusic" campaign and will donate 10% of the pledges to the Children's Miracle Network. As of the time of this article, the band has collected 119% of its pledge goal.
"Ugly Noise" will be the first to feature new drummer Kelly David Smith, who was responsible for the design and cover layout of the band's 1988 sophomore LP "No Place For Disgrace."
Check out the artwork here:
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:
"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...
"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"
The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced: More...
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:
"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...
Flotsam and Jetsam is the latest confirmation for the upcoming 2013 edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami, FL to Grand Turk (of the Turks and Caicos Islands), and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service.
The initial confirmations are as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam and Jetsam
Subway To Sally
Arizona power/thrash band Flotsam & Jetsam has started a pledge drive on "PledgeMusic" as the band records its 11th studio album LP "Ugly Noise." 10% of pledges made at the official pledge drive page at this location will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Fans who join will also get exclusive updates and videos on the album's recordings as well as hear samples of the LP.
The band posted on its pledge drive page: "We want to thank you for logging on and checking out the site. We decided to do things a bit differently this time around. Since you, our fans, have been so dedicated throughout the years we wanted you to join us for our new release. We’re psyched for you to hear the new tunes. In becoming member of PledgeMusic, you’ll have the chance to get all of our exclusive updates and videos about what we’re doing in the studio, how things are progressing for the album.
"You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in some very exclusive merchandise and interactive experiences that we’ve never made available before. And through pledging, not only will you be getting involved with new Flotsam music, but a portion of your pledge will also go to an amazing charity near and dear to us called Children’s Miracle Network, which helps as many children as possible by raising funds for local children’s hospitals. Regardless, for ten dollars you will get some kick ass, face melting, metal.
"We are taking our record to the next level and would be honored to have you the fans involved in every step of the way. We’ve never done anything like this before, so we’re really looking forward to releasing our record through Pledge and letting the Flotz fans be a part of it as it happens…"
All Flotzillas and Hammerheads out there will be happy to hear that Metal Blade will re-issue the Flotsam and Jetsam classic "Doomsday For The Deceiver" on vinyl as a 2-Gatefold LP. The 25th anniversary vinyl edition of this classic album – to be released January 13th/16th, 2012 - will also feature a bunch of bonus tracks. Here is the track listing:
(remixed and remastered versions 2006)
1. Hammerhead 06:13
2. Iron Tears 03:50
3. Desecrator 03:48
4. Fade to Black 02:04
5. Doomsday for the Deceiver 09:08
(remixed and remastered versions 2006)
6. Metalshock 08:16
7. She Took an Axe 05:16
8. Der Fuhrer 05:44
9. Flotzilla (instrumental) 06:09
10. U.L.S.W. (rem. version 2006) 04:19
11. Iron Tears (Iron Tears demo) 04:06
12. I Live You Die (Iron Tears demo) 06:07
13. Hammerhead (Metal Shock 1985) 06:34
14. The Evil Sheik (Metal Shock 1985) 05:27
15. I Live You Die (Metal Shock 1985) 06:26
16. The Beast Within (Metal Shock 1985) 04:09
17. Children of the Night (live 85 – unreleased) 04:15
18. The Executioner (live 85 – unreleased) 05:42
19. Those Who Defy (live 85 – unreleased) 03:43
20. On the Attack (live 85 – unreleased) 03:38 More...
Arizona based thrash metal veterans Flotsam And Jetsam has entered the German album charts with their latest studio album, "The Cold," which entered at number 87. The album is out now through Nuclear Blast Records. Speaking on the success, drummer Craig Nielsen stated:
"We knew we had a great record with The Cold, but could never have expected to enter the German charts for the first time ever, and in such a respectable position. The band is humbled and grateful for such strong enthusiasm and support from our fans, worldwide press, and record label."
Flotsam and Jetsam recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records for the release of the band's new studio album "The Cold" in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a free download of the song "Take:"
"The song 'Take' from the highly praised new album 'The Cold' by US-Thrash-icons FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is available as a free download at Nuclear Blast! Who wants to get an impression of the unmatched excellence of this Thrash gem should click here."
American thrash metal veterans Flotsam and Jetsam have announced that they have signed a new record deal with German based label, Nuclear Blast, who will be releasing the band's new studio album, "The Cold" in Europe, Australia and Japan. A message from drummer Craig Nielson reads as follows:
"It is with great anticipation and sincere positivity that Flotsam and Jetsam join forces with such a respected and professional record company as Nuclear Blast! This brings tremendous optimism to our future success with, 'The Cold.'"
American thrash metal veterans Flotsam And Jetsam has announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Mark Simpson, following the revelation that the band would be utilising their former duo of Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson on their forthcoming Mexican shows. A message from Simpson reads as follows:
"I've decided to leave the band. No bad blood at all, of course. Those guys are my brothers, nothing will ever change that and I will continue to support them always. I'm ridiculously happy The Cold is doing so well in the press and with the fans but I'm just taking this moment to move on and try something new. It's as simple as that. Thanks to everyone that I've had a chance to work with and a huge thank you to all the passionate and loyal fans that I had the honor to meet over the years. Buy The Cold! Flots out."