Flotsam and Jetsam - _High_
(Metal Blade, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
While a lot of the material on _High_ seems to dwell on the same sound and style, it is the intensity and dedication that the band put into the latest work that truly puts this record 'high' on my list of recommendations. Simply put: it rocks! It has been a long time since we last saw something good from F&J (1992's cool _Cuatro_ LP) and an even longer time since their debut LP from eleven years ago, _Doomsday for the Deceiver_. But I guess, like wine, musicians do age and they either get better or go sour with what they are doing. This time around, on _High_, the band has refreshed their sound, incorporating a lot of their older styles of playing and some new ideas. The mixture works well. Packed with powerful riffs, total attitude and some great song writing, Flotsam and Jetsam's LP just reeks of 'metal'. Even the band wants us to know this, as the CD sleeve even says, 'IT'S METAL, SO FUCK OFF.' For those of you who have a thirst for some real hard-hittin' and creative metal for 1997, here's your pick.

(article published 7/6/1997)

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