Flotsam and Jetsam
From: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Metal Blade Records plans to re-issue one of the classic albums of it's catalogue – 20 years of FLOTSAM AND JETSAMs mighty "Doomsday For The Deceiver". The album will be re-issued as a 3-disc-set - 2 CDs and 1 DVD. It includes the original version, a remastered version, demo tracks and a nice DVD. Furthermore liner notes by original bassist Jason Newsted (of METALLICA fame). This 3-disc package will be released the 3rd of November (G/A/S) / 6th of November (Europe)
Here's the tracklisting: More...
Former METALLICA / FLOTSAM & JETSAM / current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has rejected accusations that he is "selling out" by associating himself with the the "Rock Star" talent-search TV program to find a lead singer for SUPERNOVA, the new band he is forming with ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke and MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee.
As previously reported, "Rock Star" has signed songwriter-performer Butch Walker to produce SUPERNOVA's first album, to be released just before the new band hits the road in 2007. Walker, named Rolling Stone's 2005 "hot" producer, has written or produced tracks for AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK, BOWLING FOR SOUP and TOMMY LEE.
When asked what his reponse is to the people who think he is selling out by appearing on "Rock Star", Newsted said during his appearance on the "Camp Freddy Radio" show on Indie 103.1 FM on Saturday (April 1), "When people say something like that, then you go, 'OK, well, if I put you in the same situation, and knowing that you have spent through all the years millions upon squillions of dollars for advertisement, marketing, all this stuff, to get your band out there and get it noticed as you tour and whatever, and your album is out and everything. All of a sudden you have this opportunity where the people that are backing you and paying for the advertisement all over 70 countries for your band, for your new band, and it's not on your dime. C'mon, what? I said, 'What time and what city?' when they asked me. Would you not take this opportunity of a lifetime to be recognized possibly at the top of your field once again, take it to the mountain another time? What? C'mon."
During the same interview, Newsted also dismissed suggestions that SUPERNOVA could end up running into some legal trouble down the line over their name. Back in the early 1990s, a poppy punk trio called SUPERNOVA emerged from California's Orange County. The band, which released its first album on Atlantic Records in 1995, is perhaps best known for the track "Chewbacca", which appeared on the soundtrack to Kevin Smith's "Clerks".
Commented Newsted: "There was once a band called that [SUPERNOVA], and they had a song in the movie 'Clerks', I think in '93 or '94. [But the people behind the 'Rock Star' program] worked it out to trademark the name and do all the proper things you're supposed to do with a band, and there was a couple of other bands that had it in their name amongst a few other words, but that's all been worked out, and we are the one and only SUPERNOVA."
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist with many songs they haven't played in ages.
So far, the following bands have been confirmed: More...
Vicious Rumors, are in the studio recording their 9th studio album scheduled for release in May 06. Laying down the tracks on this release will be an all-star, veteran lineup: Geoff Thorpe (guitars), Brad Gillis (guitars), James Rivera (vocals), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums).
Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger) returns to metal with Vicious Rumors for their new cd and tour. Brad entered the metal scene in 1982, stepping up to replace the late, great, Randy Rhoades on Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” tour. Brad left Ozzy following his electrifying performance on “Speak of the Devil – Live” and went on to multi-platinum success with Night Ranger. There is no doubt that Brad’s guitar work is sure to be a formidable addition to the VR guitar assault.
James Rivera (Helstar, Flotsam & Jetsam, Seven Witches) brings a true metal spirit to Vicious Rumors. With his powerful and dynamic voice, James has recorded and toured with many legendary metal outfits and now finds a new home in VR for their 2006 release and tour.
Dave Starr, VR’s original bass player, has rejoined the band. Dave performed on VR’s earliest releases including, “Soldiers of the Night”, “Vicious Rumors” self-titled album, “Welcome to the Ball” and “Plug in and Hang On – Live”. With Dave’s return, the band is now 3 original members strong reforming the very nucleus that originated VR’s classic style and sound.
“This is truly a very exciting time for VR. The chemistry between the five of us is very wicked!” says band founder, Geoff Thorpe.
Vicious Rumors is planning a worldwide tour in support of their new CD following its release this spring.
Former FLOTSAM AND JETSAM axeman Mark Simpson has joined BEAUTIFUL CREATURES as the group's second guitarist. The band's sophomore album, "Deuce", is scheduled for release on August 23 via Spitfire Records. However, this will be a different version of the album than what has already been released in Japan, according to MelodicRock.com. The guys have just completed re-recording all the guitar parts, recording over those originally provided by Alex Grossi. An MP3 of the album track "Superfly" can be downloaded at this location.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singer Eric A.K. and bassist Jason Ward have continued their war of words on the band's official message board, with Eric asking Ward to "put the crack pipe down long enough" to give him a call, and Ward responding that he has done nothing to "deserve this kind of disrespect" from A.K.
In a post dated April 22, A.K. responded to Ward's previous online posting in which Jason slammed Eric for "being such a colossal prick" and not attending a band rehearsal in "almost eight years," stating simply, "Hey, Jason, put the crack pipe down long enough to come up with a thaught [sic] and it's an inteligent one. You have my phone number." Ward, in turn, responded with the following missive, dated April 23: More...
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward has slammed the group's vocalist, Eric A.K., for "being such a colossal prick" and not attending a band rehearsal in "almost eight years."
In an April 20 post to the group's message board, A.K. wrote, "I still love FLOTSAM with all my being, but I can't put my life on hold anymore. So I will do as much as I can to keep us in your ears, eyes, and minds. FLOTSAM is still not paying ME anything, but as long as whoever is doing band business is making money, I guess I should lay down and take it. 25 years nothing has changed. Paying someone for making phone calls is stupid. Anyway, the band is not broken up. The new album is kick-ass, and you will hear from us soon. Live shows are really tough to pull off, unless they are in Phoenix. But I will try my best. Thanx for being true hardcore fans."
Writing in response to Eric's statement, Ward posted the following message on Thursday (April 21) to the group's message board:
"Well, I am surely suprised by that last statement. Once again, we can't seem to keep A.K. from communicating to us by any other means than the public one, so ... if that's what you want, man…
"First off, pull your dress up and stop pretending you don't make money in this band. You don't show up unless you do — that is, unless you book a show. In fact, you make as much, and sometimes more [than the rest of us], depending on how much whining is involved. Last record you made as much as we did and then we added a bit more to keep your vehicle running. Do you remember that? Then after months of tour planning, you came here to say your wife won't let you go on tour anymore. To say we lost money and time and some of our dignity to try and save the tour is an understatement when you add the fact that you spent zero time actually rehearsing with us as we wrote 'My God' . More...
Crash Music, Inc. has announced a release date of July 26, 2005 for the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM album, entitled "Dreams of Death". The CD was engineered by Tom Giatron and produced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and Tom Giatron at Genesis Studios in Phoenix. Travis Smith did the cover art.
"Dreams of Death" track listing:
01. Requiescat in Pace
02. Parasychic, Paranoid
03. Childhood Hero
04. Straight to Hell
06. Bathing in Red
07. Nascentes Morimur
08. The Look in his Eyes
09. Out of Mind
Flotsam and Jetsam and Jag Panzer are among the bands confirmed for the Deep Freeze winter metal festival on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at Pink E's Black Den in Westminster, Colorado. Other groups scheduled to perform at the festival include Silencer, Corruption, Esovae, Depth Charge, Empyrean Eclise and Of Winds and Faint Echoes.
Flotsam and Jetsam are currently supporting their new DVD, "Live in Phoenix", released through the Magick imprint of Cleopatra Records, and will mark their first live appearance in Colorado in almost five years. Jag Panzer are currently supporting last month's critically acclaimed Century Media release, "Casting the Stones", and will play the festival for the first time to a hometown crowd. Also playing is Silencer, who are currently finishing up recording their first full-length album at Valkyrie Studios and Flatline Audio with Dave Otero (Serberus, Cephalic Carnage).
The bill is rounded out by a number of strong regional bands creating the most diverse lineup to date.
Tickets for the 18-and-up festival be on sale soon through Ticketweb.com.
Flotsam And Jetsam drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following update on the band's official message board:
"Just letting everyone know that the official start of the recording of the new record for Crash Music is October 7. This gives us a release sometime in the beginning of 2005. We dont have a title yet. Also, the Japanese shows (Thrash Domination) are just a week away. We have our tickets and visas, and have been told by the promoters to expect sellouts for all the shows, in fact our first Tokyo show club holds 1,300, and they have presold 1,450 tickets, the other Tokyo, and the Osaka show are near-capacity right now, the walk up will put them over the top. This will be the first time in this band's career that we will play Japan, and we cant ####ing wait. For me personally, this is a milestone, a lifelong goal. There is also one more show to plug. Flotsam will play Tucson in 2 days, Friday, Sept. 17 at The Rock with Fevered Dreams and Motive, 2 excellent local bands."
The AK Corral, the "country" side-project of Flotsam and Jetsam singer Eric "A.K." Knutson, will be releasing their new CD, "A Different Brand of Country", on November 30 through their own label, Stillwest Records. "We are very excited about this because we have national distribution through a great company called Caroline, which means you will be able to find our CD everywhere!" the band write on their web site.
As previously reported, Flotsam and Jetsam are close to completing the songwriting sessions for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Crash Music Inc.
Flotsam and Jetsam plan to enter the studios in August and release the album in early 2005. These are some words of drummer Craig Nielsen:
Leaps and bounds heavier than the last four records combined, definitely a return to the bands roots but still with some ambient surprises that break up all the speed riffing. There seems to be an inspired vibe going on in the writing process that is taking on a life of its own.
Flotsam and Jetsam have been added to the upcoming "Thrash Domination '04" Japanese tour in September. Joining Flotsam and Jetsam on the bill will be Testament, Overkill and Death Angel. Confirmed dates are as follows:
September 24 - Osaka, Japan @ Namba Hatch
September 25 - Tokyo, Japan @ Club Citta
September 26 - Tokyo, Japan @ Club Citta
Flotsam and Jetsam are currently writing material for their Crash Music Inc. debut and are tentatively planning on entering the studio in August for an early 2005 release. The new material is described by drummer Craig Nielsen as "leaps and bounds heavier than the last four records combined, definitely a return to the bands roots but still with some ambient surprises that break up all the speed riffing. There seems to be an inspired vibe going on in the writing process that is taking on a life of its own."
Crash Music is distributed in the U.S. by Caroline Distribution and has offices in France that handle the European territories through Crash Music Europe.