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Flotsam & Jetsam - Dreams Of Death - 2005 - Crash Music

Track Listing
1. Requiescal
2. Straight To Hell
3. Parapsychic, Paranoid
4. Bleed
5. Look In His Eyes
6. Childhood Hero
7. Bathing In Red
8. Nascentes Morimar
Flotsam & Jetsam is a band I have to say that I've never much cared for. Sure they spawned Jason Newsted and had a killer debut album with him, but they've been living off that past glory for more than a little too long now. F&J has had some good songs along the way, but I don't think they've had a truely consistent album since "Doomsday For The Deceiver".

With all that said, I still figured I'd give this one a shot. I heard some hype on this album like "Flotsam & Jetsam is back with their best in years!", but you know how that goes. You always hear that shit about any new album from a band that's been putting out bad albums for awhile.

When I put this on and heard the heavy riffing of the first song I got encouraged for a moment, but it didn't last all that long. Oh that heavy riff keeps going... and going... and going. In fact you hear the same few riffs over and over again through the entire album. This is a common problem with F&J. It just seems like they get one solid riff in mind and go 'Ok that should about cover the album'. When most listen to a thrash album they do it for a bunch of shredding riffs and this, like most of F&J's catalogue, just doesn't deliver. It's a shame they don't have a more creative guitarist really because the overall sound of the band and most notably the vocals are strong. Another annoying point of this album that's been present on their previous albums is the acoustic sounding, meandering parts which just go nowhere. Another thing a thrash album really doesn't need. I swear those parts suck the energy right out of this release.

So is this the return of Flotsam? Nah they were never really here in the first place. Talk about a flash in the pan band. There are a couple solid songs here like usual, but this is a band that should just fucking give up.

Highlights: Parasychic Paranoid

Rating 2.0/5.0


--Stygian Steel 10.09.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Dreams Of DeathFlotsam & Jetsam
2005
Stygian Steel10/14/2005
Live In JapanFlotsam & Jetsam
2006
Eric Compton3/15/2006
No Place For DisgraceFlotsam & Jetsam
1988
Eric Compton9/30/2005
Ugly NoiseFlotsam & Jetsam
2013
Eric Compton3/13/2013


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