Review Summary: When the storm came down on Flotsam and Jetsam
Here we have an album that is very average at best, has only a few good tracks, and is an endurance test to listen to. I knew it wasn't possible for them to top No Place For Disgrace, but this is ridiculous. They didn't even bother making the album consistent or interesting as a whole. The album sounds just like your average generic modern day thrash album, meaning it has very little to offer. And also the band sounds uninspired and out of ideas.
The album sounds like your average F and J album, but except it's not fun, exciting and fresh. Comparing this to the exciting and fresh works of old makes this album sound even worse than it otherwise would. They do experiment a bit with new song structures and tempos, but it falls flat on it's face 5 seconds after they start. In general, it's just very boring and substance less and after you're done listening to it, you're just be thankful that it's over. You won't be humming along to any of this after you listen to it, that's for sure.
The music can be described as similar to In Justice For All era Metallica, and late 80's D.R.I. In other words, it sounds like mostly mid tempo and proggy thrash metal. But don't worry, there are fast tempo parts of songs too and the songs also have a healthy mixture of tempo changes. The end song KAB is quite a shocker, it sounds like one of Nuclear Assault's short songs like Hang the Pope or My America. The album has very 80's production quality and a very serious atmosphere.
This is just the beginning of the decline of F and J. After this they would go in a more commercial direction as well as a more "pantera-ish" direction. Overall, it's not terrible, it's just painfully average and bland about 70% of the time and you will not remember the album after you listen to it. If you're new to F and J, do not start here.
This is my first review, hope you liked it.
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