2. Flotsam And Jetsam – Flotsam And Jetsam
May 20th sees the return of Flotsam and Jetsam and their self-titled 12th album, an album that should see these original thrash pioneers swiftly climb to the upper reaches of the thrash pile once again.
Bolstered by the addition of ex-Shadows Fall stickman Jason Bittner on drums, the ‘Flots’ are back leaner, meaner and with an album filled with arguably their most accomplished collection of songs since the halcyon days of Doomsday For The Deceiver and No Place for Disgrace!
Eric A.K. can always be relied on to sing big and, from what we’ve already heard, Flotsam and Jetsam can almost been seen as a fresh start for these veterans. They certainly sound vital, virile and valuable again, armed to the teeth with fast thrashers that remain locked into an 80’s mindset.
Nostalgic and refreshingly new? A tricky balancing act that Flotsam and Jetsam appear to have mastered.
1. Death Angel – The Evil Divide
What a month for thrash!
The band that arguably kickstarted the thrash renaissance back in the early 00’s – their reformation in 2001 and 2004’s comeback album The Art Of Dying seemingly igniting the fuse for thrash’s rise to power – Death Angel’s 8th album, The Evil Divide, lands on May 27th and these Bay Area classicists look set to confirm their immortal relevance once again.
Miraculously timeless – whether that be on their classic debut when they were merely in their teens, to their modern incarnation that sounds as youthful, exuberant and full of ideas as any band half their age – The Evil Divide, released via Nuclear Blast, has all the markings of a modern classic in the making.
First Megadeth, then Anthrax and Metal Church, and now Death Angel look to remind the world exactly who kickstarted this beast known as thrash metal in the first place!