Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Me­tal­lica, Voivod, Go­jira

■ Flot­sam And Jetsam are not with­out pedi­gree. Not only did the Ari­zona thrash­ers pro­vide early em­ploy­ment for fu­ture ex-me­tal­lica bassist Ja­son New­sted, but the al­bum on which he played, 1986’s Dooms­day For The De­ceiver, re­mains the only record to ever be awarded six Ks. Sadly, this has not trans­lated into mega-suc­cess, but mid­way through their fourth decade, the band remain a thor­oughly solid me­tal ma­chine. That’s largely down to hav­ing a good amount of brains and mu­si­cal chops among the ul­tra-speed ac­tion, and on The End Of Chaos they sound as weighty and sharp as any younger pups who sprung up af­ter them. Opener Pris­oner Of Time is a light­ning-fast banger, while Pre­pare For Chaos does choppy, sur­gi­cally-ac­cu­rate riff­ing in a deadly man­ner Me­gadeth can only dream of these days. It’s re­as­sur­ingly good, in­tel­li­gently writ­ten and ex­plo­sively det­o­nated stuff from a gen­uinely, and crim­i­nally, un­der­rated band. NICK RUSKELL

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