Flotsam and Jetsam
Doomsday for the Deceiver


5.0
classic

Review

by mortalsoullefttodie USER (8 Reviews)
November 9th, 2006 | 60 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Flotsam And Jetsam invent a new style of extreme metal on Doomsday For The Deceiver. Filled with neoclassical Guitar solos, technical riffs, and insane drumming, and Jason Newsted. These guys prove they are a step above other American metal of their time.

Everybody hears about how Jason Newsted played with Metallica in the late eighties, and nineties, but no one hears about his first project, Flotsam And Jetsam. 1986 was a huge year in the evolution of extreme metal. Dark Angel released the fastest, and perhaps most extreme thrash album in the history of the metal, Kreator released Pleasure To Kill which was one step closer to the speed, and brutality of death metal. And more widely recognized were the classics Master Of Puppets, and Reign In Blood. But unrecognized, and under-appreciated Doomsday For The Deceiver may have been the greatest.

The Guitar Riffs, and solos are definitely what make this album unique, and truly a step above other extreme metal of this time. while Slayer were doing mindless shredding in the chromatic scale, an whoring their low E-strings, and Metallica where just beginning to move beyond their pentatonic scales, and into real modes and scales, Flotsam And Jetsam where utilizing Phrygian, Aeolian, and Harmonic minor modes way before every one else in their genre. The best examples of this technical, and highly evolved guitar work are on doomsday for the deceiver, and der fuhrer which have plenty of harmonized riffs, and insane dueling guitar solos. These guys proved that you can be incredibly fast, and still show real musician ship at the same time.

The drumming is rapid fire, and keeps pace with the guitarist through out the album. Jason Newsted's bass-work is much better here in 1986, than it will be in 1988 on And Justice For All, and it is heard very well beneath the guitars. This bands Rhythms are constantly lightning fast, and get into some progressive areas on she took an axe. However the drumming rarely switches from it's rapid fire blast beats, except on the slower intros, this is because there are no choruses.

The vocal work for this band is perhaps the most unique part of this bands style. Eric A. Knudsten's vocals sound more power metal, as opposed to most other metal bands, whose vocals where getting harsher each year. The vocals sound like Geoff Tate combined with Tom Araya, and there are plenty of times when he hits a ridiculously high falsetto note. This aspect adds a power metal feel to the band, which would later be imitated by Iced Earth in their early years. The lyrics aren't as serious, or brutal as Slayer, or Kreator, who sang mostly of death, satan, and violence. The lyrics are difficult to interpret at times, except on she took an axe which is about Lizzie Borden, who murdered her parents in 1892.

Doomsday For The Deceiver is one of the few epic, and technical thrash metal albums. Everybody who enjoys power metal, thrash, or death metal should have this in their collection. These guys are a one of a kind band, and are one of those rare elite bands with amazing guitar, vocals, bass, and drums. If you thought Slayer, and Dark Angel were amazing, then behold Doomsday For The Deceiver as the greatest thrash album ever.

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mortalsoullefttodie
November 9th 2006


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my fifth review, please approve it.

Apocalyptic Raids
November 9th 2006


810 Comments


Definitely not a 5, but a top album regardless.

And in no way did they invent any kind of new genre and there are no blastbeats here :-This Message Edited On 11.10.06

ASberg
February 16th 2007


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A great album but not close to peace sells or MOP.
Can get a bit boring sometimes but other parts make up for it.

edit: got the 25th anniversary reissue of this album with a DVD including interviews and stuff.
Always thought they were pretty hardcore and stuff but when i saw their live performances on this album they dressed and looked pretty much like a glam band(!?)...kinda botherd me even though it should'nt matter. Anyway get the reissue if your gonna get this album since it includes the original album, a remastered version and the DVD.This Message Edited On 02.25.07

wakeupdead
February 16th 2007


2208 Comments


Good review! :thumb: Short and sweet, yet descriptive. I might check this out......

DragonDance
September 17th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This has to be one of my top 5 favourite albums. It puts Puppets, and Reign in Blood to shame.

If only a) they had more attention, and b) Metallica actually listened to Newsted once in a while

WARPATH_88
September 18th 2007


514 Comments


Looks awesome I need to get this.

Thrasher86
February 22nd 2009


181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No Place For Disgrace yes or no, I love this album and got it for $5 on vinyl at my local music store. They also have No Place For Disgrace for $7 should I get it?

south_of_heaven 11
February 22nd 2009


5438 Comments


get it, and then don't get anything after that.

Thrasher86
February 22nd 2009


181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah dude I went and listen to a few songs off of it and wow it is a lot differnt from this, way more brutal.

JesusV4
March 9th 2010


391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I agree with the rating, though not all points made. I'd like a more thorough review for this album; it really is one of the great thrash classics.

Terrell39
July 6th 2010


3 Comments


I met Troy Gregory after the show on the When The Storm Comes Down tour and he says ULSW stands for Ugly Lying Stinking Wench!

KILL
August 18th 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

becoming one of my favourite thrash albums

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

ThrashK
October 22nd 2010


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a real classic, no doubt. Very high skilled playing and great songs. One of the very best thrash albums I've heard and also have in my collection.

Digging: Nehemah - Light of a Dead Star

Polymath
February 9th 2011


3836 Comments


I don't think this comes close to being better than Puppets or Reign in Blood, but I will say the title track is probably one of my favorite thrash songs

ThrashK
February 26th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Imo this slays both of those easily. While not RiB by speed or brutality/aggression, but with technicality and diversity. This beats MOP in almost every way. Those two are still great albums nonetheless.

TheNotrap
August 28th 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

awful cover but this is a classic underrated TM stuff
Jason Newsted play hard here

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coneren
August 28th 2011


11111 Comments


I might have to get this, maybe I don't know

TheNotrap
August 28th 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

If you like classic thrash don't miss Doomsday for the Deceiver dude


coneren
August 28th 2011


11111 Comments


That's it, I'm downloading this right now!

TheNotrap
August 28th 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I like both
Hard to tell as you said



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