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Flotsam and Jetsam

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

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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:


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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Flotsam And Jetsam Albums To Be Re-Released

Poland's Metal Mind Productions will re-release three albums from Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — "When The Storm Comes Down" (1990), "Cuatro" (1992) and "Drift" (1995) — on March 17 in Europe (June 10 in the U.S. via MVD). Each remastered limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

"When The Storm Comes Down" bonus track:

01. Interview from the single "The Master Sleeps"

"Cuatro" bonus tracks:

01. Date With Hate
02. Wading Through The Darkness (radio edit)
03. Wading Through The Darkness (industrial mix)
04. Cradle Me Now (edit version)
05. Wading Through The Darkness (video)

"Drift" bonus tracks:

01. Destructive Signs (Radio Edit)
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Smoked Out (Radio Edit)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's march 8 concert at the Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, due later in the year.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's classic debut, "Doomsday for the Deceiver", was reissued as a "Special Edition" by Metal Blade Records on October 31, 2006. The original album was produced by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and is the group's sole release to feature Newsted before he joined METALLICA as the replacement for Cliff Burton.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's latest album, "Dreams of Death", is available now on Crash Music, Inc. 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.

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Flotsam And Jetsam To Film Live DVD

Drummer Craig Nielsen of the veteran Arizona-based metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has issued the following update:

"It's finally here! In less then one week the band starts its European tour! All the dates lead up to the killer Metalmania festival in Poland with MEGADETH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, and so many other cool bands. We will be filming finally totally pro DVD from that show. There is going to be eight Sony, top-of-the-line cameras and an extremely professional crew. We will be going to some cities the band has never visited before, including Barcelona, Budapest, and, of course, the town in Poland, Katowice. When we get back it shouldn't be long before we begin recording the new record as we have nine songs written and so we are in the last stage of that process. We are very much looking forward to hanging out with all of our fans in Europe and having many warm beers. Unless, of course, Europe has worked out their refrigeration issues which would be ####ing killer, but there is no such thing as bad European beer, warm or cold."

As previously reported, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, ATTACKER and CHRIS CAFFERY will perform at the TMT Metal Fest 2008, set to take place July 18-20 in Endicott, New York. Also scheduled to appear are TANTALLON, MAGUS BEAST, ARES and ICARUS WITCH, with more to be announced.

For ticket information, go to www.myspace.com/tmtmetalfest. More...

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Forbidden To Play At New York's TMT Metal Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN have been added to the TMT Metal Festival, set to take place July 18-20 at the Skyview Drag Strip in Tioga Center, upstate New York. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DEATHRIDERS (feat. Neil Turbin)

FORBIDDEN has already announced several West Coast dates and European festival appearances. Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass) and Glen Alvelais (guitar), along with special guest drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) will bring something that so many of their peers, old-school fans and especially the younger generation of fans that never got to see FORBIDDEN live have been asking for: a FORBIDDEN reunion!

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More Bands Added To Metalmania Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s Metalmania festival, which will take place on March 8th, 2008 at Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland:


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Non-Divide To Tour With Flotsam And Jetsam

Netherlands based metallers NON-DIVINE have issued the following update:

"Non-Divine announces their European tour as a support of US metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. The Dutch band IZEGRIM also joins the tour as a support."

Here are the tour dates:

1 - Hedon - Zwolle, The Netherlands
2 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
4 - Roxy - Flensburg, Germany
5 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
6 - Transilvania - Erstfeld, Switzerland
7 - Viper Room - Wien, Austria
8 - A 38 - Budapest, Hungary

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Non-Divine To Support Flotsam and Jetsam In Europe

Dutch metal band NON-DIVINE will support FLOTSAM AND JETSAM on their upcoming European tour. Also appearing on the bill will be the Dutch band IZEGRIM. The dates are as follows:

March 01 - Hedon, Zwolle (The Netherlands)
March 02 - Dynamo, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
March 04 - Roxy, Flensburg (Germany)
March 05 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt (Germany)
March 06 - Transilvania, Erstfeld (Switzerland)
March 07 - Viper Room, Wien (Austria)
March 08 - A 38, Budapest (Hungary)

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First Bands For Keep It True Festival Announced

Keep It True festival organizers have issued the following:

"First of all we want to thank all fans for a fantastic KIT IX last Saturday. Also a huge thank you to all the bands that gave the fans a real metal blast. At KIT IX we already announced 9 out of 10 bands for KIT XI and here it is now officially:

Keep It True XI - Metal Shock: FLOTSAM & JETSAM (special old school show), GIRLSCHOOL, TOKYO BLADE, ARTILLERY, FORTE (original lineup), EVIL, BLASPHEME, FAITH FACTOR (feat. Ski - ex-DEADLY BLESSING), HELLHOUND."

One co-headliner is yet to be announced. The festival will take place November 15th, 2008 at Soundpark-Ost (ex-Rockpalast) in Wuerzburg, Germany.

Ticket sales will start on January 1st, 2008, to give everybody the same chance of getting a ticket.

Stay tuned for updates at www.keep-it-true.de

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Flotsam And Jetsam Announce Tour Dates

Thrash metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam have announced the following dates in Europe and California:

14 Dec 2007 20:00
The Jumping Turtle San Marcos

15 Dec 2007 20:00
Whisky a go go Hollywood, California

1 Mar 2008 20:00
Hedon Zwolle,Netherlands

2 Mar 2008 22:00
Dynamo Eindhoven,Netherlands

3 Mar 2008 22:00
Mephisto Barcelona.Spain

4 Mar 2008 22:00
K17 Berlin,Germany

5 Mar 2008 22:00
Roxy Flensburg,Germany

6 Mar 2008 22:00
Transilvania Erstfeld,Switzerland

7 Mar 2008 20:00
Viper Room Vienna.Austria

8 Mar 2008 22:00
A38 Budapest,Hungary

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Metal Blade Planning 25th Anniversary Reissues

Metal Blade Records is gearing up to celebrate its 25th year as a record label next year and is planning to commemorate this monumental occasion by releasing special editions of some of their classic albums. These will include re-mastered recordings, digipak packaging with a bonus DVD that will contain material recorded at the time of the original release, and updated liner notes. The first of these releases will be Lizzy Borden’s Master of Disguise which will be out in early 2007. More information on upcoming 25 th Year Anniversary releases will be made throughout the next few months. Metal Blade will also be releasing a special edition of Flotsam and Jetsam’s Doomsday for the Deceiver (2 CD/DVD) to honor the bands 20th anniversary and will be out on October 31st, which also happens to be the same date as Jason Newsted’s last show with the band. Here are the details on that release: More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam To Release Early Material

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...

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Newsted Not Selling Out By Being On "Rock Star"

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."

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Death Angel Added To Bang Your Head Festival

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...

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Vicious Rumors All-Star Lineup For CD and Tour

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.

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ex-F&J Guitarist Joins Beautiful Creatures

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.

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The Flotsam And Jetsam Public Drama Continues

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...

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