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Dreams of Death

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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crash Music
  • ASIN: B0009Y8RAW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Good news is Flotsam & Jetsam are back with their best album since High. The main thing that this album has that My God and Unatural Selection lacked is good song writing. All of the songs on here are very well written and have a stronger sense of melody than the past two.

Standout tracks include the crushing and modern opener 'Straight to Hell' with a ultra melodic and catchy chorus. This song actually reminded me of Nevermore a little. 'Bleed' and 'Bathing in Red' are some of the best ballads they have written since 'Destructive Signs'. Yet all of the songs on this album are very good with the exception of 'Parasite,Paranoid' being just ok.

Erik A.K.'s vocals are a real treat as always. He has always been an incredible singer with his ability to sound agressive and melodic at the same time. Most thrash bands rely on a harsher vocal style so it's so refreshing to hear thrash metal with a real singing talent such as Erik.

Like I stated earlier this really is there best effort in quite a while and Flots prove they can still create great metal music. What really holds this album back from being a five star album is the flat production job. It's not terrible or something just a little flat by today's standards. Too bad a legendary band like Flotsam & Jetsam has been reduced to such a small label like Crash and obviously a small budget. Also only 7 songs (two tracks are just short segways) is a little short, a couple more songs would have been nice.

Hopefully this great band will continue making albums and stay relevant in the metal scene.

P.S. Cool Artwork by Travis Smith..........
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When I first saw that FLOTSAM AND JETSAM had a new cd out titled DREAMS OF DEATH, I assumed that it was going to be a "best of" type album. The title is the same as a song that appears on their second release, NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was no mere retrospective of F&J`s history but is indeed a new album. An awesome album at that. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are back and this one is up there with their earlier classic releases. Also, and this is unique for this particular band, it is a concept album. Now some people may feel doubts about this being a concept, but this has a quality that only the truly great concept album have and that is that even though the songs on the disc are telling a story, each song stands out on it`s own.
STRAIGHT TO HELL is a powerful opener, following a breif intro. This song grabs you and hammers away letting you know that the FLOTZ is back. It`s truly an awesome tune and sure to find its spot amonst their earlier classics.
Other great tracks include LOOK IN HIS EYES, BLEED, and BATHING IN RED. They have matured and grown musically. This is the best that they have sounded in years. My only complaint is that the album is a bit short. But in this case, the songs featured on it are killers. The Metal Historian highly recommends. One of the best of `05.
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This is yet another classic for everyone who loves Metal! Great riffs, catchy hooks and enough speed to send you thrashing through the room. Eric A.K.'s singing is great as always and hasn't suffered since their debut. There are not a lot of bands around these days that have lasted this long and have managed to evolve while staying true to the Metal formula of heavy riffing, fast paced double bass drumming and daring vocals. Even the greater names in Metal can't seem to evolve and stay true to this. Either they keep repeating themselves or they get whimpy! Well Flotsam and Jetsam released another masterpeace with this ninth (9) album to date. What has it got you ask? Fast paced thrash songs, a heavy ballad and a great introspective instrumental.

So what if sometimes you hear some familiar things in their music?? That's just the Flotsam sound and that makes you realize that this is another classic from these Metal maniacs!
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After their previous three albums on Metal Blade, Flotsam and Jetsam have released their new disc Dreams of Death through a different label, Crash Music. This platter finds them going back to their older thrash metal roots as well as merging more atmospheric elements into their songs. Overall, the writing is more coherent, the guitar work is more exciting, and Eric AK's vocals are more effective. Dreams of Death may be their best album since the band's Cuatro/Drift days, featuring some meaty thrash metal riffage on the first song "Straight to Hell", which ties in with the brief intro track. This song is one of the most complex, rhythmically advanced, and heaviest numbers on Dreams of Death. Some great guitar work adds gripping melodies and matches the intricate vocals of Eric AK who offers an array of rich vocal deliveries throughout.

The best part of Dreams of Death is the band's noticeable improvement in songwriting, utilising plenty of melodic guitar lines that aren't afraid to explore thrash metal territory at times. Furthermore, there are solos on this disc aplenty. Rather than diving headlong into a groove-oriented style as most old school thrash band tend to do these days, Flotsam and Jetsam are still playing fierce rhythms and stormy guitar runs. Even the shorter tracks, which don't seem to be on the same level as some other songs, have at least a very satisfying guitar solo. The shortest song "Parasychotic" would be considered mediocre had it not been for the awesome guitar solo at the end. I detect some early period Voivod in this solo, which is a welcome similarity to these ears.

It is, however, the more atmospheric elements found on the songs "Bleed", "Childhood Hero", and the amazing "Bathing in Red" which truly diversify the album.
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