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Arizona thrash and speed metal icons FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have revealed a short run of tour dates for North America during August of this year. Dubbed the “Brace For Impact Summer Tour 2021” the trek begins on August 17th at Albuquerque, New Mexico and wraps on August 28th in Mesa, Arizona. Find the full itinerary below.

The band recently released their unanimously lauded studio album “Blood In The Water”. The no filler, all killer record was once again mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (U.D.O., Volbeat, Amaranthe, Powerwolf) and sees FLOTSAM AND JETSAM exploding with creativity, moving forward but nodding to their past.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have come a long way from the kids that stepped onto the world stage with their first album in 1986, but the one thing that has never been in question since that day is their dedication to their fans, their incredible talent, and relentless pursuit to produce their best music ever.

“Following up ‘The End of Chaos’ was no easy task.” Guitarist Michael Gilbert adds. “We weren’t really sure what we had left in the tank, as we put so much work, sweat, and blood into that album. As it turns out, we had plenty left to say. With everything that’s happened in the world, the friends we lost this last year, and not being able to perform or tour… you hear all of that in our music. It’s angry, it’s aggressive, and our emotions pour out all over this album.”

The FLOTSAM lineup has never been stronger. AK keeps bringing the magic every album and tour, and oddly seems to be getting better and better as time goes on. He’s backed by the incredibly talented, exceptionally brilliant guitar duo of co-founder Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley, the powerful, precise and lightning fast engine of drummer Ken Mary, (whose Hall of Fame resume includes over five million albums sold with artists such as Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, and Accept), and the “fresh blood” and extraordinary technical skills and prowess of bassist Bill Bodily.

“Blood In The Water” Album Artwork

“Blood In The Water” Album Tracklist:

 1. Blood In The Water
 2. Burn The Sky
 3. Brace For Impact
 4. A Place To Die
 5. The Walls
 6. Cry For The Dead
 7. The Wicked Hour
 8. Too Many Lives
 9. Grey Dragon
10. Reaggression
11. Undone
12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World

“Blood In The Water”  is out via AFM Records and available as highly collectable Vinyl and CD editions as well as Digital formats. Order your album copy at THIS LOCATION if you haven’t done so yet.

Thrash and Speed Metal icons FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have seen many of their peers that started at the same time, including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Venom have their day in the sun. Considered in metal circles as “legendary”, the mighty FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, over their long career, has seemed somewhat plagued by label snafu’s, changes in trends, or other unfortunate events. On album number fourteen, and without a doubt making the best music of their career, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM finally smells blood in the water this time around. Slated for a release on June 4, 2021 through AFM Records, “Blood In The Water” literally shreds the listener’s ears and pummels FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’s message into the hearts of the most diehard metal fans, the album must be heard to be believed. Featuring twelve brutal and powerful tracks that will rip your head off, the outstanding guitar work of Michael Gilbert and these killer vocals by Eric AK – one of the most gifted metal singers in music history – FLOTSAM AND JETSAM‘s “Blood In The Water” will see the band deliver one of their heaviest records to date!

With the unveiling of the previously-released single “Burn The Sky”FLOTSAM AND JETSAM gave a first and impressive sneak peak of their forthcoming album. Now, the thrash heavy weights have unleashed the thunderous album opener and title track with a brand new video! “Blood In The Water” let’s you know right off that these guys aren’t messing around as the song comes screaming out of the speakers with a frenzied rhythm section, these passionate vocals by AK and guitars blazing on ten! Watch the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM video for “Blood In The Water” below.

It’s been 35 years since FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, formed in Phoenix, Arizona released their landmark debut, “Doomsday For The Deceiver”, 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, followed by the the crushing 2019- successor, “The End Of Chaos”, 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 was twelve brand new blistering tracks under the moniker “Blood In The Water” .

 “We really had a hell of a time figuring out which songs to actually include in this album, because we don’t feel we had any fillers,” describes Steve Conley about the new songs clocking in at nearly 55 minutes of thrashing glory.

Says singer Eric “AK” Knutson, “We’ve seen our fan base increasing, and we’ve seen the response to the last two albums getting louder and louder. We have some of the most committed and crazy fans in the world. We charted higher on our last album than at any point in our career. Maybe our career path will run similar to Motorhead’s, who although was always considered iconic, didn’t really break through in a big way until later in their career. We feel our time is now…” says AK. “We’re like that dog that’s been kicked…we’re ready to break the door down and take what’s ours.”

And the FLOTSAM lineup has never been stronger. AK keeps bringing the magic every album and tour, and oddly seems to be getting better and better as time goes on. He’s backed by the incredibly talented, exceptionally brilliant guitar duo of co-founder Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley, the powerful, precise and lightning fast engine of drummer Ken Mary, (whose Hall of Fame resume includes over five million albums sold with artists such as Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, and Accept), and the “fresh blood” and extraordinary technical skills and prowess of bassist Bill Bodily.

“Blood In The Water” Album Artwork

No filler, all killer, “Blood In The Water”  was once again mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (U.D.O., Volbeat, Amaranthe, Powerwolf) and sees FLOTSAM AND JETSAM exploding with creativity, moving forward but nodding to their past.

The band has come a long way from the kids that stepped onto the world stage with their first album in 1986, but the one thing that has never been in question since that day is their dedication to their fans, their incredible talent, and relentless pursuit to produce their best music ever.

“Following up ‘The End of Chaos’ was no easy task.” Guitarist Michael Gilbert adds. “We weren’t really sure what we had left in the tank, as we put so much work, sweat, and blood into that album. As it turns out, we had plenty left to say. With everything that’s happened in the world, the friends we lost this last year, and not being able to perform or tour… you hear all of that in our music. It’s angry, it’s aggressive, and our emotions pour out all over this album.”

“Blood In The Water” Album Tracklist:

 1. Blood In The Water
 2. Burn The Sky
 3. Brace For Impact
 4. A Place To Die
 5. The Walls
 6. Cry For The Dead
 7. The Wicked Hour
 8. Too Many Lives
 9. Grey Dragon
10. Reaggression
11. Undone
12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World

“Blood In The Water”  will be out on June 4 through AFM Records and available as highly collectable Vinyl and CD editions as well as Digital formats. Pre- order your album copy at THIS LOCATION!

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Legendary thrash metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have unveiled the first single of their upcoming studio album “Blood in the Water” via the official music video for the pummeling track “Burn the Sky” which can be watched below.

“While we were in the process of selecting which songs we would use for the album’s videos, ‘Burn the Sky’ was the only one that was on everyone’s lists consistently” – commented front-man Eric A.K. during a full-band video interview aired this past Friday via Bravewords and Sonic Perspectives“This track has some guitar work by Mike and Steve that are second to none.”

“We really had a hell of a time figuring out which songs actually include in this album, because we don’t feel we have any fillers” – added guitarist Michael Gilbert. When asked about why the band’s sound have evolved throughout the last albums to a much heavier output, he said:  “I don’t want anyone feeling we are getting fuck**g old. As long as we continue doing this, we are gonna bring it. Our sound changed through the years influenced by many factors, but what you are listening to now is who we are and will continue to be”

“The recording of this album was very much a natural process, we really worked together as a team to make sure that everything that needed to be on the record, was indeed on it. I haven’t listened to it for a while and I went back and listened recently, and it really gives the impression that we are really angry” commented drummer Ken Mary.

“Blood In The Water” Album Artwork

“Blood In The Water,” which is set to be released on June 4th via AFM Records, was once again mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (U.D.O.VolbeatAmaranthePowerwolf), who also worked on the band’s previous record “The End of Chaos,” released on January 18th, 2019.

“Blood In The Water,” is complete musical mayhem with a crushing, rolling, and aggressive attack that will knock you down. The new music delivers the finest fast and hard metal for new and old-school thrashers alike. The album artwork and track-listing can be seen below, and pre-orders for physical/digital version of the album ar underway at this location

“Blood In The Water” will be available in several configurations:

  • Boxset (Limited to 666 units) containing the Digipak-CD, a 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 unites 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)
  • Digipack CD

“Blood In The Water” track-listing:

  1. Blood in the Water (4:17)
  2. Burn the Sky (4:26)
  3. Brace for Impact (4:33)
  4. A Place to Die (3:22)
  5. Walls (4:41)
  6. Cry for the Dead (4:36)
  7. Wicked Hour (4:56)
  8. Too Many Lives (4:49)
  9. Dragon (4:27)
  10. Re-aggression (4:10)
  11. Undone (3:19)
  12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World (4:53)

The Godfathers of speed metal and thrash, Arizona’s FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, have announced the arrival of their 14th studio album “Blood In The Water,” which will be released on June 4th via AFM Records. The album was once again mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (U.D.O., Volbeat, Amaranthe, Powerwolf), who also handled the band’s previous record “The End of Chaos,” released on January 18th, 2019.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM‘s new album, “Blood In The Water,” is complete musical mayhem with a crushing, rolling, and aggressive attack that will knock you down. The new music delivers the finest fast and hard metal for new and old-school thrashers alike. The album artwork and track-listing can be seen below, , and pre-orders are already underway at this location

“Blood In The Water” will be available in several configurations:

  • Boxset (Limited to 666 units) containing the Digipak-CD, a 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 unites 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)
  • Digipack CD

“Blood In The Water” track-listing:

  1. Blood in the Water (4:17)
  2. Burn the Sky (4:26)
  3. Brace for Impact (4:33)
  4. A Place to Die (3:22)
  5. Walls (4:41)
  6. Cry for the Dead (4:36)
  7. Wicked Hour (4:56)
  8. Too Many Lives (4:49)
  9. Dragon (4:27)
  10. Re-aggression (4:10)
  11. Undone (3:19)
  12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World (4:53)

    “Blood In The Water” Album Artwork