It is mind boggling that THE END OF CHAOS is lucky album '13' for Flotsam And Jetsam. The band made their debut in 1986 with the classic album DOOMSDAY FOR THE DECEIVER and for most of their career have been lumped in and pigeonholed as a thrash band. To me there has always been so much more to the band than that and here, the band get to prove it!
Following up 2016's self titled album is going to be tough, considering I look at that album as the best in their career... until now! THE END OF CHAOS is a non-stop barrage of heavy riffs, pounding rhythms and amazing vocals that set a new standard.
The songs are all amazing... not a clunker in the bunch! From the double bass drum attack of Prepare For Chaos, the chugging of Architects Of Hate or the the brilliance and balanced Prisoner In Time, THE END OF CHAOS is the perfect album for anyone who considers metal 'their music'. Vocalist Eric 'AK' Knutsome's voice just keeps better and better and has an aggressive quality to it, yet is very pleasing to the ears especially on Demolition Man. The guitar duo of Steve Conley and Michael Gilbert are amazing!!! The duo match heavy riffs and leads that give the music a new dimension on every song and are given that freedom by bassist Michael Spencer and new drummer Ken Mary who are just brilliant. I compare this album to Iron Maiden's classic POWERSLAVE, one of the first metal albums that seemed to rise above the norms of the day and created an experience, not just a record.
Over the past few years I have felt a few bands have put out their most complete and satisfying albums like Armored Saint with WIN HANDS DOWN and Metal Church's latest DAMNED IF YOU DO. Like Flotsam and Jetsam, these bands have the freedom to make the music they want to make and who wins? We do!!
After a few solid 10 to 12 listens front to back, Flotsam And Jetsam prove that heavy metal's best days are not in the past, but in the future. THE END OF CHAOS will be a great way to welcome in 2019!
Thanks boys... y'all did real good here!
THE ORDER OF CHAOS on AFM records will be released on January 18th 2019 on AFM.
Flotsam And Jetsam hit the road in May. For more information go to their official site, www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com
Look for interviews wit Flotsam And Jetsam's 'AK' and Ken Mary in upcoming episodes of Power Chords.
The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.