BravePicks 2016 - FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's Flotsam And Jetsam #9

December 23, 2016, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's Flotsam And Jetsam #9

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

9) FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - Flotsam And Jetsam (AFM Records)

US thrash metal legends Flotsam And Jetsam stormed back in 2016 with a self-titled album of epic proportions! In his 9.5/10 review "Metal" Tim Henderson wrote:

During one of our BW&BK 6-Pack Weekends years back in Cleveland, Ohio, I had the honour of introducing these thrash legends onto the stage saying that they were the most under-rated metal band on the planet. And it still rings true today. And call me their ultimate groupie, following every step of their journey with curiosity and of course being fulfilled by their catalog of over-the-top, emotionally powered heavy metal. And there is much more depth and history than their first two albums, which most gravitate to. But this, their 12th opus, ranks easily as one of their finest, seeing mainstays Eric “AK” Knutson (vocals) and Michael Gilbert (guitars) joined by former Shadows Fall skinsman Jason Bittner, relative newcomer Steve Conley (guitars) and returning bassist Michael Spencer.

We all know the very short list of singers that wear a treasured crown and AK easily fits into this elite grouping, his voice full of boisterous energy and concise delivery, even 30 years since Doomsday For The Deceiver!

Every Flots song is a fist-fight in a dark alley. Not that the band are ugly pugilists, but the punchy vibe that’s created is akin to a Rocky film. Flotsam And Jetsam is full of piss and vinegar, vivacious highs, stirring lows, like a good metal record should be! And no matter what their age is, they can literally pound the shit out of any competition, cuz Flotsam And Jetsam (the album) is that exceptional!

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BravePicks 2016 Top 31

9) FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - Flotsam And Jetsam (AFM Records)
10) TOMBS - All Empires Fall (Relapse) 
11) THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Disssociation (Sumerian / Party Smasher)
12) DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - Transcendence (HevyDevy)
13) WITCHERY – In His Infernal Majesty’s Service (Century Media)
14) ABBATH - S/T (Season Of Mist)
15) DARK FUNERAL - Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
16) ASPHYX - Incoming Death (Century Media)
17) GOJIRA - Magma (Roadrunner)
18) THE DEAD DAISIES - Make Some Noise (SPV / Spitfire)
19) INSAHN - Arktis. (Candlelight)
20) NAILS - You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
21) CROWBAR - The Serpent Only Lies (eOne)
22) BORKNAGAR - Winter Thrice (Century Media)
23) ENTOMBED A.D. - Dead Dawn (Century Media)
24) TREMONTI - Dust (Fret 12)
25) OPETH - Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)
26) HAMMERFALL - Built To Last (Napalm)
27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
28)  DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)


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