Veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The band’s new album, simply titled “Flotsam And Jetsam”, will be released on May 20.
Comments AFM Records A&R representative Timo Hoffmann: “We’re honored that FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have decided to join our roster. Of course we’ve followed their career for many years and always valued the band’s qualities.
“This new, self-titled album is a blast! We’ve been convinced right from the very first demos sent.
“It was obvious to us why the album is titled as it is: ‘Flotsam And Jetsam’ holds the essence of what defines the band. This album is a statement, something to be proud of. And we are proud to start working with the band with such a special release.”
Adds FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: “FLOTSAM AND JETSAM really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us. We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality metal to get behind and promote.
“Along with signing to a new label, all the forward movement for the band in the last two years has also allowed us to partner with new team members, like Chris Collier of CMC21 Productions, who just completed the mixing and mastering of the album, and Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art out of the U.K., for the album cover and stage production art, who are both doing a phenomenal job for us.
“We’re looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn’t been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look.”
“Flotsam And Jetsam” album track listing:
01. Seventh Seal
02. Life Is A Mess
04. Iron Maiden
05. Verge Of Tragedy
08. The Incantation
09. Monkey Wrench
10. Time To Go
11. Smoking Gun
12. Forbidden Territories
Knutson told From Hero To Zero last summer about the band’s forthcoming follow-up to 2012’s “Ugly Noise”: “The new record has songs that sound like they came from the ’80s, some songs that sound like they came from the middle of our career, and some songs that sound like they’re brand new, and they’re all on one record together.”
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM in 2014 parted ways with guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward and replaced them with Steve Conley and Michael Spencer, respectively. The band also recruited SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner after Kelly Smith left the group in November 2014 to focus on caring for his family.
Spencer stated about the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM material: “There’s a great, old-school thrash vibe going on with the direction of the songs and what originally influenced the band, mixed with a little of what we like about today’s sound, in metal.”
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is:
Eric “A.K.” Knutson – Vocals
Steve Conley – Guitar
Michael Gilbert – Guitar
Michael Spencer – Bass
Jason Bittner – Drums