Released: 2014, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Legendary thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam had experienced difficulties in obtaining the master tapes of the 1988 album and as such, decided to re-record the album. In 2006 after the successful remix and master of the debut album DOOMSDAY FOR THE DECEIVER there was a lot of fan requests to have perennial NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE follow the same process.
When I have heard that Flotsam and Jetsam were about to record this classic album, I was afraid of dealing with the retake’s result BUT it was extremely good. This is a re-record that won’t feed your nostalgia for the original recording. We all are thankful that the band did not rape the original take. Far from it, the added a fresh and modern edition of the 1988’s album even though the songs are a bit slower than the original recording.
It’s a chance to introduce themselves to newcomers and to prove that they are still alive and strong to the old ones. I have to say that there are some songs that sound better than the original, like “N.E. Terror” and “Escape From Within”.
One thing that is different to the original album is the cover. In the 1988’s cover there is the scene before the hara-kiri and 2014’s after hara-kiri or something like that.
Flotsam and Jetsam was never hugely popular like contemporaries Metallica, Megadeth or Anthrax, but they delivered few of the finest thrash metal albums and anthems that the other ‘big’ thrash bands would like to write themselves. Much to my dismay, unlike Exodus‘ terrible LET THERE BE BLOOD, NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE 2014 is a real and modern sounding old thrash metal album.