Released: 2001, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
That’s right. Five out of five. I am surprised this album has gotten little attention. Because, basically, this album rules. In fact I love every damn album from these guys. And criticize them all you want, but the last three albums (DRIFT, HIGH, UNNATURAL SELECTION) are all great metal albums and offer much more than the same bullshit Overkill (Or should I be specific and say D.D. Verni. What’s with that anyways? The band’s guitarist(s) never write anything anymore.) has been cranking out since THE KILLING KIND, and other bands in this same category. The reason? Flotsam has top-quality musicians that know how to play their instruments well. And they’ve never lost their ability to write damn good songs, unlike all of the other bands that came from the ‘80s and are now either broken up or just plain stale. And add to this the fact that Flotsam has always had one of the greatest vocalists around. Erik’s voice will be sorely missed, now that he’s left Flotsam and moved on to a different musical career. But I am sure he will do fine because he can fucken sing!
I could go on and on about how much I love this band, and how much I love this album. And maybe I’m being pretty generous (and biased) when I give this album a five. But Flotsam deserves it, damn it. The bottom line is that if you like this band, you must own this album. If you loved QUATRO and were disappointed by the last three albums, give MY GOD a shot. MY GOD has variety. There’s speed on here we haven’t heard since WHEN THE STORM COMES DOWN, but there’s also some lighter material too. And if you’ve never heard this band before, either you’re too young and need a history lesson, or you need to get your head checked. Visit the band’s web site: http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/