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Flotsam and Jetsam

Formed: 1983
From: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Flotsam & Jetsam Commence Pledge Drive For New LP

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…"

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Flotsam And Jetsam Album To Be Re-Issued

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:

Side A:
(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

Side B:
(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

Side C:
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

Side D:
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...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Enters German Charts

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."

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Flotsam And Jetsam Offering Free Song Download

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."

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Flotsam And Jetsam Signs To Nuclear Blast

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.'"

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Flotsam And Jetsam Splits With Guitarist

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."

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Flotsam and Jetsam Uploads New Song To Myspace

Veteran thrash metallers Flotsam and Jetsam have posted a brand new song to the band's myspace page. The track, titled "Take," is featured on the band's forthcoming studio album "The Cold." "The Cold" is set for release on September 14th, 2010 through Driven Music Group, the label operated by former Korn guitarist Brian Welch. The cover art was concepted and created by Travis Smith, famous for his work with Opeth, Riverside, Katatonia and many others.

You can listen to the new song here. More...

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Flotsam and Jetsam Announces CD Release Show

Arizona thrash metal act Flotsam and Jetsam have announced details regarding the band's upcoming CD release show for their upcoming studio album, titled "The Cold." The show is set to take place on September 17th, 2010 at 910 Live in Tempe Arizona. Support on the gig will come from The Human Condition. "The Cold" is set for release on September 14th, 2010 through Driven Music, the hard rock label operated by former Korn member Brian Welch.

"The Cold" tracklisting:
1. Hypocrite
2. Take
3. The Cold
4. Black Cloud
5. Blackened Eyes Staring
6. Better Off Dead
7. Falling Short
8. Always
9. K.Y.A.
10. Secret Life

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Flotsam and Jetsam Reveals New Album Details

Iconic thrash metal act Flotsam and Jetsam have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming 10th studio album titled "The Cold." "The Cold" is set to be released on September 14th, 2010 through Driven Music - the label started by former Korn member Brian Welch. "The Cold" is the follow up to FLotsam and Jetsam's 2005 effort "Dreams of Death."

"The Cold" tracklisting:
1. Hypocrite
2. Take
3. The Cold
4. Black Cloud
5. Blackened Eyes Staring
6. Better Off Dead
7. Falling Short
8. Always
9. K.Y.A.
10. Secret Life

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Single Bullet Theory Signs To Eclipse Records

Philadelphia based Single Bullet Theory has announced a brand new four album deal with Eclipse records. Eclipse records will release the bands forthcoming album titled “ IV” (previously reported to be called “Divine Ways of Chaos”).

“IV” features 10 tracks featuring new members John Ruszin III (guitar), Jeff Kalber (bass) and Acacio Carvalho (drums). All drum tracks were recorded at Clay Creek Studio in Newark, Delaware with Engineer Nick Rotundo. The remainder of the record is being recorded at Ruszins studio in Wenonoh, NJ.

The record will be mixed by John Ruszin III, mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death) and will feature artwork by renowned German artist Rainer Kalwitz. The record will also feature 6 additional bonus tracks from previous sessions including a guest performance from Matt Thompson (King Diamond) on a cover of Deaths "Spirit Crusher" as well as a revamped version of “The Hurt That Never Ends” (previously released on SBT’s 2004 record “Behind Eyes of Hatred.”) “IV will also feature an 8 minute instrumental track called “Auctioneer of Souls” and will feature guest guitarists from all over the globe. More...

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Martyr To Support Flotsam and Jetsam On Tour Dates

After a very successful tour with Lizyy Borden last year, and performances at festivals such as "Keep it true" in Germany, Dutch metal cult band Martyr will be supporting Flotsam & Jetsam at their upcoming European tour.

Here are the latest Martyr tour dates: More...

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Devious and Disabuse Added To Elserock Festival

DEVIOUS and DISABUSE have been confirmed for this year's Elsrock festival, set to take place August 29, 2009 in Rijssen, Netherlands.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

ACTION IN DC
DEVIOUS
DISABUSE
FLOTSAM and JETSAM
GENERC
MARTYR
MUCKY PUP (20th anniversary reunion show)
SODOM
TANKARD
THE BUTCHER

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Metalmania 2008 DVD To Be Released

A DVD chronicling the 2008 edition of Poland's Metalmania festival will be released on March 10th. The DVD features over four hours of live performances from some of metal's most infamous names. The tracklisting is as follows:

INSIDE YOU - "Roam in Darkness"
"Before the Abyss"
PRIMORDIAL - "Heathen Tribes"
"God to the Godless"
IMMOLATION -
"Hate's Plague"
"Passion Hill"
"World Agony"
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - "The Master Sleeps"
"Fork Boy"
"Escape from Within"
ARTILLERY - "Into the Universe"
"Khomaniac"
"Terror Squad"
MARDUK - "Baptism by Fire"
"Materialized in Stone"
"Limbs of Worship"
VADER - "Sothis"
"Reign Forever World"
SATYRICON - "Now, Diabolical"
"K.I.N.G."
OVERKILL - "Necroshine"
"Rotten to the Core"
"Bastard Nation"
"Fuck You"
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - "Panasonic Youth"
"Milk Lizard"
"Sunshine the Werewolf"
MEGADETH - "Washington Is Next"
"Gears of War"
"A Tout Le Monde"
"Burnt Ice"

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Flotsam And Jetsam Reveals New Album Title

Guitarist Mark Simpson of legendary thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam has posted the following mesage online:

"The title of the new record is The Cold. Travis Smith is once again going to do the cover, which we are extremely excited about because of his amazing skill and vision. The cover will also feature the debut of an up and coming new talent.

"Some song titles are: 'Black Cloud', 'Secret Life', 'Hypocrite', 'Falling Short', 'Take' and 'I'll Beat The Fuck Out Of You'. OK, that last one is not a title but it's close. 10 songs - ALL Brutal, ALL Killer, NO Filler!! We are currently finishing up guitars and starting on vocals. Still hopeful for a release in the first quarter of next year and to do as many shows as possible in support.

"Thanks to everyone who made it out to KIT XI and hope to see you next year!"

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Hellstock 2008 Details Announced

This year's HELLSTOCK is to take place at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday August 9th.

The show features the first time ever appearance in Florida by the legendary HELSTAR, which features vocalist James Rivera of Flotsam and Jetsam/Seven Witches/Vicious Rumors fame. Also on the bill are Dark Balance Records' goth metal band Menna Brinno, Tampa metal act My Evil Side, and Queensryche tribute band Jet City. Another band is soon to be announced.

Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 day of the show.

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Ryko Distribution Announcess Deal w/ Driven Music

Ryko Distribution has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Driven Music Group to distribute all physical and digital releases from Driven Music's artists in the U.S. and Canada.

Driven Music Group was created by Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member, songwriter and guitarist from the multi-platinum rock band KoRn, music industry veteran Mark Nawara and entertainment law attorney Greg Shanaberger. As a member of KoRn, Welch won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million albums. Welch's upcoming solo debut album, "Save Me From Myself," is scheduled to be released by Driven in the Fall of 2008 and will be distributed by Ryko Distribution, along with other Driven releases by Flotsam and Jetsam, 40 Below Summer, Crossbreed, Godhead and Soil among others. Ryko Distribution is headquartered in New York City and is a Warner Music Group company. More...

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Flotsam and Jetsam CD/DVD Gets American Release

Flotsam and Jetsam's "Once In A Deathtime" two-disc DVD/CD set that was recorded and filmed last year in Europe will be reaching North American soil on July 29th via Driven Music Group, Inc.

The package is currently scheduled for a European release on June 16 by Metal Mind Productions. More...

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Forbidden and Sebastian Bach Drop off TMT Festival

Upstate New York's TMT festival has been temporarily postponed. The organizors have issued the following update:

"Due to an unagreeable situation that has arisen with the venue, we are forced to postpone - TEMPORARILY this event. We are currently spending every waking moment searching for a replacement venue that will satisfy both our needs and please all of the bands and fans. The lack of basic cooperation on the part of the venue is what has prompted this decision. We tried in vain to make every effort necessary, but in the end - they failed us."

"There will be two lineup changes - Forbidden had a problem between management and booking, they decided to play another gig that weekend. Metal Mike contacted us when Sebastian Bach decided to go on tour, this tour conflicted with the concert date. We wish both bands good luck in their endeavors."

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Flotsam And Jetsam Reveals DVD Details

The following press release has been announced:

On June 16, 2008 Metal Mind Productions will release a new live DVD by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. The material entitled "Once In A Deathtime" [view cover] features an extremely intense show the band gave at the Metalmania Festival 2008, offering metalheads everything FLOTSAM AND JETSAM came to be respected for: brutal non-conformist sound, a slaughter of powerful, furious and perfectly executed thrash riffs, as well as excellent song-writing. With a great selection of songs from their discography, also including such classic compositions as "Doomsday For The Deceiver", "No Place for Disgrace", or "I Live You Die", the band treated their fans to one hell of a ride at this genuine thrash metal feast!

Here is the complete track listing:

DVD:

Metalmania Festival 2008

01. Hammerhead
02. Me
03. The Master Sleeps
04. Swatting At Flies
05. No Place For Disgrace
06. Doomsday For The Deceiver
07. Hard On You
08. Fork Boy
09. Never To Reveal
10. Escape From Within
11. I Live You Die
12. Smoked Out

CD (only on limited DVD+CD edition):

01. Hammerhead
02. Me
03. The Master Sleeps
04. Swatting At Flies
05. No Place For Disgrace
06. Doomsday For The Deceiver
07. Hard On You
08. Fork Boy
09. Never To Reveal

The cover artwork was designed by Graal known from his previous work for VITAL REMAINS, SINISTER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, BULLDOZER etc. Graal was also responsible for the cover artwork for the ARTILLERY's box "Through The Years" and their forthcoming DVD "One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash".

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Flotsam And Jetsam DVD To Be Released In June

The following press release has been issued by Metal Mind:

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of a new live DVD by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. The material entitled "Once In A Deathtime" consists of the show recorded at the 2008 edition of the Metalmania Festival.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is a Thrash Metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1983. Their debut album "Doomsday For The Deceiver" is still considered by many as a milestone in the history of the genre. The record released in 1986 propelled original bass player Jason Newstead to international superstardom as a member of METALLICA. Not to be outdone, Flotsam then followed up with what some consider to be the most important thrash record of all time, "No Place For Disgrace". Then it was onward and upward to MCA records for three albums that allowed the band to grow musically while never losing the integrity their fans had come to expect. After their contract was up at MCA, the first and most welcome home for the band, Metal Blade Records, invited FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to rejoin their roster and help carry the banner of true Metal tradition proudly through the dark days of the rise of Nu Metal. The records "High", and "Unnatural Selection" settled the nerves of those fans that wondered what direction the band might go in this new landscape. "My God", produced by the illustrious Bill Metoyer, was hailed as the best, heaviest effort of the band in many years. "Dreams Of Death" from 2005 is their ninth and so far last album.

"Once In A Deathtime" DVD features an extremely intense show the band gave at the Metalmania Festival 2008, offering metalheads everything FLOTSAM AND JETSAM came to be respected for: brutal non-conformist sound, a slaughter of powerful, furious and perfectly executed thrash riffs, as well as excellent song-writing. With a great selection of songs from their discography, also including such classic compositions as "Doomsday For The Deceiver", "No Place For Disgrace", or "I Live You Die", the band treated their fans to one hell of a ride at this genuine Thrash Metal feast! The DVD also includes an interview with Craig Neilsen and Ed Carlson, biography, discography, photo gallery, desktop images, web links, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

The DVD will be available on June 16, 2008 (Europe only), also in a limited edition - including a CD with songs recorded at the Metalmania Festival!

Full details (tracklist, cover artwork) to follow soon!

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