Thrash metal legends FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have revealed a new lyric video for “Blood In The Water,” the second single and title track from the band’s fourteenth studio, out June 4 via AFM Records.
“We had almost finished the entire record when this one popped up,” says drummer Ken K Mary. “We knew from the sheer intensity of the piece we were going to have to add it to the album, even though we had tons of great songs already. It ended up becoming the title track. It’s one of the most aggressive FLOTSAM songs ever and the video is just an extension of the song.”
“Blood In The Water” sees the return of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’s Flotzilla, the creature that graced the Arizona-based quintet’s 1986 debut Doomsday for the Deceiver, in an updated and even more menacing form.
“Mash up speed metal, thrash metal, power metal, and throw yourself around the pit metal,” says vocalist Eric “AK” Knutson. “But beware, if you swim in the FLOTSAM pool, Flotzilla can smell the ‘Blood in the Water.’ The video says it all…Flotzilla is back. He’s a mountain of fury and he’s lurking in the water and waiting.”
Heralded as “the most under-rated metal band on the planet,” FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is poised and ready to finally lay claim to the thrash metal throne with the blistering Blood In The Water.
“We’re very excited about this album,” Knutson says. “The last go around with ‘The End of Chaos’ we felt a difference in the air, so to speak. The fans were somehow even more crazy, and that’s saying a lot, since FLOTSAM fans are crazy to start with. We wanted to continue the trajectory and the mayhem, so with this release we upped the ante. Strap in and ‘Brace For Impact’ when you listen to this album.”
It’s been 35 years since FLOTSAM AND JETSAM released their landmark debut, the only album to ever receive a 6K rating from the influential British magazine Kerrang! Bassist Jason Newsted would jump ship to Metallica while the band released the unstoppable No Place for Disgrace in 1988. Cuatro(1992), Drift (1995), High (1997), and My God (2001) all still rank extremely high in heavy metal circles. But it was the first part of this unofficial trilogy in 2016’s self-titled Flotsam and Jetsam that a certain rejuvenation and reset was clearly felt.
Fast-forward five years to a planet that was forced to its knees. While spending most of the past year in a holding pattern like the rest of the world, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM made the best of a struggling situation and just let those creative juices and angst flow. What emerged are the twelve crushing new tracks known as Blood In The Water.
Blood In The Water track listing:
1-Blood in the Water
2-Burn the Sky
3-Brace for Impact
4-A Place to Die
6-Cry for the Dead
8-Too Many Lives
12-Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World
Blood In The Water was mixed and mastered by Jacob Habsen (U.D.O., Volbeat, Amaranthe, Powerwolf), who also worked on the band’s 2019 album, The End of Chaos.
Blood In The Water will be available in several configurations:
Boxset (limited to 666 units) containing the Digipak-CD, an exclusive Blood In The Water t-shirt, a “Brace For Impact” poster, a sticker and a Certificate of Authenticity
Ltd. gatefold milky/red/black splatter LP (limited to 100 units and exclusive to the AFM webshop)
Ltd. gatefold clear red LP (500 units only)
Ltd. gatefold clear orange LP (500 units only)
Ltd. gatefold black/red LP (400 units only)
Blood The Water pre-orders at available at fanlink.to/FlotsamAndJetsam_Burn_The_Sky. While there, also check out the album’s first single, “Burn The Sky,” available via all digital music platforms.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is:
Eric “AK” Knutson – vocals
Steve Conley – guitar
Michael Gilbert – guitar
Bill Bodily – bass
Ken K Mary – drums