- 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)
Dreams of Death
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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..........
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Asonishing at least to say about this album. They have never disapointed since their inception in the early 1980s when delivered the best metal that few bands could come up in... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by METAL MANIAC
BOUGHT SEVERAL CDS THIS IS GOOD -- JUST I LOVE EARLIER FLOT AND JET THIS IS GOOD A LITTLE DIFFERENT VEIN THAN THE OLD STUFFPublished on June 30, 2013 by SUNDAZED
2005 was a big -- check that, huge -- year for thrash metal. After all, several old thrash bands (Overkill, Kreator, Exodus, Destruction, Annihilator), moderately old bands... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by A. Stutheit
No joke, it's the worst mix in music history. The entire CD is MONO. Yep. All the main rhythm guitars are MONO. Everything is centered and crap. Sounds like there is ONE guitar. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by Mr. Hambel
This band is a lot like AC/DC in the sense that they keep the same format for every album. Starts out passable and goes to garbage quick.Published on December 11, 2006 by Deimos
After getting burned by Helloween and Queensryche's latest bombs, I almost put this on the "Never play me again" shelf ( that's where Operation Mindcrime II and Keeper of the Seven... Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by sjesel777
Dreams of Death- a concept album, if I got this right, this is about a man who realizes is a killer and then separates dreams from reality and drowns in sorrow. Read morePublished on November 29, 2005 by LL rock fan
There's a time when you have to sigh, reluctantly resign and surrender your place of fame to some promising up-and-comers. Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by Synthesis_jason