I’m not a particular fan of re-releasing an album but in the case of some of these more rare FLOTSAM AND JETSAM albums then I think perhaps it’s a smart move. The new Thrash Metal movement is bringing more attention to these kinds of classic bands so it’s not surprising some of these harder to find releases are finding a brand new audience.
So this is a re-release of the long forgotten FLOTSAM AND JETSAM album “When The Storm Comes Down”. Perhaps one of the reasons it was long forgotten is that the album is not all that memorable to begin with. Originally released in 1990 (quite the year for Thrash) this release couldn’t stand up to the previous one from the band.
It’s still a solid release from the band but it suffers from a few flaws that prevent it from ever fully becoming the album it could have been. It’s got some great tracks on the release (see the end of the review for some examples) but despite some great songs and pretty solid songwriting there are just too many filler tracks to make it a great release.
Also the album suffers from a harsh production and mix values. Many of the songs are sabotaged because the guitar tone is a little murky and the drums are ridiculously loud (in particular the annoying snare!) and they drown out most of the other instruments. Add onto that a prominent bass (that the band begins to use in more a ‘funky’ manner not unlike brothers in Thrash DEATH ANGEL) and the production essentially destroys any good song writing or performances that could have been pulled for this album.
Fans of earlier FLOTSAM AND JETSAM might find that this is not a bad album. It’s hit or miss and the production just makes it harder to listen. This is the beginning of a downward slope for the band in general and it can be seen on this release. And comparing it to their first two releases just makes it a little less remarkable.
For this re-release they added an interview with the band at the end of the album that originally appeared on “The Master Sleeps” single release.
Songs to check out: “The Master Sleeps”, “Burned Device”, “Suffer The Masses”.
(Online August 27, 2008)