Origin: Arizona, USA  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Last update/review: November 27, 2018

Flotsam & Jetsam

It's been a long road for Flotsam & Jetsam, one of American metal's enduring forces. Having long since lost the stigma of being "Jason Newsted's old band", they have, over the course of two decades, reliably delivered albums of a consistent quality, always garnering fan and critical appreciation while never quite making the big time. Their blend of thrash and straightforward American metal has scarcely wavered, yet they haven't been afraid to tinker with the formula, unwilling to rehash the same album over and over. The last few years have been particularly rough, with vocalist Eric A.K. quitting after the release of My God, throwing the future of the band in serious doubt. The esteemed James Rivera (Helstar) filled in on some live shows, but it would be a few years before Eric and the boys were back together, resulting in the band's ninth album, Dreams Of Death, released in mid-2005.

Recent album: The End Of Chaos, released on November 9, 2018.

Current Members

Eric "A.K." Knutson

vocals

Steve Conley

guitars

Michael Gilbert

guitars

Michael Spencer

bass (ex-Sentinel Beast)

Ken Mary

drums (ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Chastain, ex-Fifth Angel, ex-Impellitteri, ex-TKO)

Former Members/Guests

Ed Carlson

guitars

Mark T. Simpson

guitars

Jason Newsted

bass (ex-Metallica, ex-Voivod)

Troy Gregory

bass (ex-Prong)

Jason Ward

bass

Kelly David Smith

drums

Craig Neilson

drums

Jason Bittner

drums (Overkill, Shadows Fall)



Discography



Doomsday For The Deceiver  
1986 Metal Blade
  1. Hammerhead
  2. Iron Tears
  3. Desecrator
  4. Fade to Black
  5. Doomsday for the Deceiver
  6. Metalshock
  7. She Took an Axe
  8. U.L.S.W.
  9. Der Fuhrer
  10. Flotzilla
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Jason Newsted
  • Kelly David Smith



No Place For Disgrace  
1988 Elektra
  1. No Place For Disgrace
  2. Dreams Of Death
  3. N.E. Terror
  4. Escape From Within
  5. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
  6. Hard On You
  7. I Live You Die
  8. Misguided Fortune
  9. P.A.A.B.
  10. The Jones
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Troy Gregory
  • Kelly David Smith



When The Storm Comes Down  
1990 MCA
  1. The Master Sleeps
  2. Burned Device
  3. Deviation
  4. Ocotober Thorns
  5. No More Fun
  6. Suffer the Masses
  7. 6, Six, VI
  8. Greed
  9. E.M.T.E.K.
  10. Scars
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Troy Gregory
  • Kelly David Smith



Cuatro  
1992 MCA
  1. Natural Enemies
  2. Swatting at Flies
  3. The Message
  4. Cradle me Now
  5. Wading Through the Darkness
  6. Double Zero
  7. Never to Reveal
  8. Forget About Heaven
  9. Secret Square
  10. Hypodermic Midnight Snack
  11. Are you Willing
  12. (Ain't Nothing Gonna) Save this World
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Jason Ward
  • Kelly David Smith
1992 Readers' Album #15




Drift  
1995 MCA
  1. Me
  2. Empty Air
  3. Pick A Window
  4. 12 Year Old With A Gun
  5. Missing
  6. Blindside
  7. Remember
  8. Destructive Signs
  9. Smoked Out
  10. Poet's Tell
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Jason Ward
  • Kelly David Smith
1995 Readers' Album #35




High  
1997 Metal Blade
  1. Final Step
  2. Hallucinational
  3. It's On Me
  4. High Noon
  5. Your Hands
  6. Monster
  7. Lucky Day
  8. Toast
  9. High
  10. Everything
  11. Forkboy
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Jason Ward
  • Kelly David Smith
1997 Readers' Album #29




Unnatural Selection  
1999 Metal Blade
  1. Dream Scape
  2. Chemical Noose
  3. Promise Keepers
  4. Liquid Noose
  5. Falling
  6. Fuckers
  7. Brain Dead
  8. Way To Go
  9. Win, Lose Or Dead
  10. Welcome To The Bottom
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Mark T. Simpson
  • Jason Ward
  • Craig Neilson
1999 Readers' Album #95




My God  
2001 Metal Blade
  1. Dig Me Up To Bury Me
  2. Keep Breathing
  3. Nothing To Say
  4. Weather To Do
  5. Camera Eye
  6. Trash
  7. Praise
  8. My God
  9. Learn To Dance
  10. Frustrate
  11. Killing Time
  12. I.A.M.H.
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Mark T. Simpson
  • Jason Ward
  • Craig Neilson



Live In Phoenix  VIDEO
2004



Live In Japan  VIDEO
2004 Crash Music



Dreams Of Death  
2005 Crash Music
  1. Requiescal
  2. Straight To Hell
  3. Parapsychotic
  4. Bleed
  5. Look In His Eyes
  6. Childhood Hero
  7. Bathing In Red
  8. Nascentes Morimar
  9. Out Of Mind
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Mark T. Simpson
  • Jason Ward
  • Craig Neilson
2005 Readers' Album #79




Once In A Deathtime  VIDEO
2008



The Cold  
2010 Driven
  1. Hypocrite
  2. Take
  3. The Cold
  4. Black Cloud
  5. Blackened Eyes Staring
  6. Better Off Dead
  7. Falling Short
  8. Always
  9. K.Y.A.
  10. Secret Life
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Mark T. Simpson
  • Jason Ward
  • Craig Neilson
2010 Readers' Album #7




Ugly Noise  
2012 self-released
  1. Ugly Noise
  2. Gitty Up
  3. Run and Hide
  4. Carry On
  5. Rabbit's Foot
  6. Play Your Part
  7. Rage
  8. Cross the Sky
  9. Motherfuckery
  10. I Believe
  11. To Be Free
  12. Machine Gun
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Jason Ward
  • Kelly David Smith
2012 Readers' Album #9




No Place For Disgrace - 2014  
2014 Metal Blade
  1. No Place for Disgrace
  2. Dreams of Death
  3. N.E. Terror
  4. Escape from Within
  5. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  6. Hard on You
  7. I Live You Die
  8. Misguided Fortune
  9. P.A.A.B.
  10. The Jones
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Ed Carlson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Michael Spencer
  • Kelly David Smith
2014 Readers' Album #42




Flotsam And Jetsam  
2016 AFM
  1. Seventh Seal
  2. Life Is A Mess
  3. Taser
  4. Iron Maiden
  5. Verge Of Tragedy
  6. Creeper
  7. L.O.T.D.
  8. The Incantation
  9. Monkey Wrench
  10. Time To Go
  11. Smoking Gun
  12. Forbidden Territories
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Steve Conley
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Michael Spencer
  • Jason Bittner
2016 Readers' Album #9




The End Of Chaos  
2018 AFM
  1. Prisoner of Time
  2. Control
  3. Recover
  4. Prepare for Chaos
  5. Slowly Insane
  6. Architects of Hate
  7. Demolition Man
  8. Unwelcome Surprise
  9. Snake Eye
  10. Survive
  11. Good or Bad
  12. The End
  • Eric "A.K." Knutson
  • Steve Conley
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Michael Spencer
  • Ken Mary




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