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Flotsam & Jetsam - Once In A Deathtime (DVD)

Flotsam & Jetsam
Once In A Deathtime (DVD)
by Grigoris Chronis at 05 July 2008, 3:58 PM

This DVD release carries on the series of Metal Mind Productions pressing on video performances of various Metal bands in the county's Metal Mania festival installments the last years. With FLOTSAM & JETSAM bringing up their own performance in March 8th, 2008 at Spodek, Katowice, Once In A Deathtime will be a real 'must' for old-school powerful Thrash fans not necessarily, due to some deluxe overloaded edition but mainly in regards to the evidence that a release from FLOTSAM & JETSAM (audio or visual) is good news for those wishing some nice company with honest American Thrash-meets-straightforward Metal the 80s way.
It's rather a pity that this Phoenix, Arizona quintet is (nowadays) mostly known as Jason Newsted's first band. Why? Because: a) FLOTSAM's first album, Doomsday For The Deceiver (1986), is easily ranked among top primal American Thrash albums of all rime, b) the band released a monumental 'intelligent' Metal album after Newsted's departure called No Place For Disgrace (1988 - whoever was there when this album was released will surely recall the worldwide impact), and c) FLOTSAM & JETSAM did struggle to stay alive & well in the tough Metal days of the 90s, did never disband and - till their last studio album in 2005, Dreams Of Death - have stayed loyal to their metallic beliefs, always working hard to develop their sound but always in the 'Metal' field. That's why - I guess - they did never make it up to become a Class A name in the 90s/00s. At least, they are true…
The 'main movie' features twelve tracks, with all of them being full of the F&J trademarks: high-pitched but also powerful vocals by Erik A.K. (he is not perfect but he surely is much more than 'good'), some 'thrilling Metal' work done by guitarists Ed Carlson & Mark Simpson both in riffs and leads (many of them being 'dual') while the Ward/Nielsen rhythm section is solid as hell. Frankly, I did not expect such a performance by the band onstage, bearing in mind their last DVD disc, Live In Japan (2006), never managed to reach my hands. It's impressive how clear their sound is, how bonded the band is, how 'Metal active' Erik A.K. is onstage…the crowd seems to enjoy the show, too, hence moshpits and headbanging rituals take place frequently during FLOTSAM & JETSAM's setlsit.
A setlist featuring some interesting elements: 2 tracks from D.F.T.D., 4 tracks from N.P.F.D., 1 track from 1990's When The Storm Comes Down, 2 tracks from 1992's Cuatro, 2 tracks from 1995's Drift and 1 track (a cover version of LARD's Fork Boy) from 1997's High. I'd certainly wish for many more, but this was FLOTSAM's setlist anyway. The 80s tunes, in specific, are striking, bringing on in memory the ample Heavy/Speed/Thrash blend of FLOTSAM with killer riffs, great solos, tremendous speeds and shrieking vocals. Great…
Once In A Deathtime is finely filmed, with lots of cameras and some great sound. There are some bonus goodies - look to the tracklist above - you can live without (except from the interview that is rather interesting). What you should consider, whatsoever, is that - for a reasonable price - this DVD release is a 'must', in my opinion. FLOTSAM & JETSAM fanatics should get it anyway, but all fans familiar with Jason Newsted's first band (maybe this way there'll be some interest, huh?) will enjoy Once In A Deathime. Have mercy, the time Jason returns (if ever).

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Hammerhead
Me
The Master Sleeps
Swatting At Flies
No Place For Disgrace
Doomsday For The Deceiver
Hard On You
Fork Boy
Never To Reveal
Escape From Within
I Live You Die
Smoked Out

Extras:
- Interview With Craig Neilsen and Ed Carlson
- Biography
- Discography
- Photo Gallery
- Desktop Images
- Weblinks
Lineup:
Eric A.K. - Vocals
Jason B. Ward - Bass
Ed Carlson - Guitar
Mark Simpson - Guitar
Craig Neilsen - Drums
Record Label: Metal Mind Productions
     


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