Michael Gilbert On New Flotsam And Jetsam Album: “It’s Like ‘The End Of Chaos’ On Steroids”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Flotsam And Jetsam guitarist Michael Gilbert confirmed that the band are pretty much done with their new album. According to him, the effort will be “like ‘The End Of Chaos’ on steroids.”

Gilbert said the following about the record:

“It was supposed to come out in January [2021]; that was what the plan was. It’s done — everything’s done except for the artwork at this point, because we knew we weren’t gonna be able to do a January release, and it got pushed back to June. So we stopped doing the white-knuckle recording and just kind of started taking our time with the mixes and stuff like that. It’s completed, except for a couple of artwork things that we’re gonna do. I think we’re gonna be releasing a video here pretty soon — a lyric video for the first single. So, maybe February — look for that in February, or maybe March.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“Well, this is the absolute perfect follow-up to ‘Chaos’. We couldn’t have planned it any better. We all basically put on our work boots, or whatever, and we started writing, and it ended up coming out… It’s like ‘The End Of Chaos’ on steroids, basically. I think you guys are gonna love it, man.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Flotsam And Jetsam Announce New Bassist

Flotsam And Jetsam have officially welcomed Bill Bodily (Contrarian, etc.) to the band as their new bassist. This news comes after Bodily previously filled in for former bassist Michael Spencer in 2019.

Bodily commented:

“Joining Flotsam And Jetsam is an honor as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with the guys for many years, and I’m a lifelong Flotsam fan. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting more acquainted with the legendary Flotzilla fans!”

The band added:

“First and foremost, we would like to thank Michael Spencer for his time in Flotsam And Jetsam. He joined us back in 2014, and we have accomplished so much together. We sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors!

A new chapter for Flotsam And Jetsam beckons; Bill Bodily embodies a new focus and hunger within Flotsam And Jetsam and we’re extremely excited to have him as part of the Flotzilla family. He’s not only a brilliant musician who has established himself in the thrash and death metal scene, but also a great human being, which made the decision to have him join the band a very natural one. Bill brings an amazing work ethic and a fervent desire to continue to learn, grow and develop his musical voice. He knows music talent alone isn’t enough, and that hard work, perseverance and a sense of humor goes a long way to sustaining a successful musical career. We welcome him with open arms!

We’ve been working very hard on the follow‐up for ‘The End Of Chaos’, and we are happy to report that the final mixes are almost completed. The new material is very heavy, and we’ve taken the sound and approach that we’ve had for the last two studio albums and amped up the aggressiveness without toning down any other elements. Everyone has done a superb job in the studio — even more so considering the unprecedented circumstances we are living in at this time. We are very excited about the music, and we hope and believe the new album will live up to everyone’s expectations.”

Flotsam And Jetsam Announce Rescheduled North American Tour

Flotsam And Jetsam have announced the rescheduled dates for their “Demolition Of North America” tour. The trek is now scheduled to take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

04/30 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
05/01 Tucson, AZ – Encore
05/03 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
05/04 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
05/06 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05/07 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
05/08 Dallas, TX – Trees
05/10 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
05/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/12 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/13 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
05/15 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
05/16 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
05/17 Clifton, NJ – Dingbats
05/18 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
05/19 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
05/20 Pitt, PA – The Crafthouse
05/21 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
05/22 Madison, WI – Crucible
05/23 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/25 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
05/26 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
05/27 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
05/28 Regina, SK – The Exchange
05/29 Calgary, AB – Dickens
05/30 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
05/31 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06/02 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
06/03 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/04 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
06/05 Santa Ana, CA – Malones
06/06 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

The band commented:

“Flotzilla fans, we are absolutely thrilled to announce this re-scheduled dates for 2021, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all! The ongoing situation has been devastating in many senses, but we truly hope you are all doing as well as possible during these though times. We can’t effing wait to headbang together again and let loose some of that energy we have been containing for months. Stay home, stay safe, and we’ll catch you again in 2021”

Flotsam And Jetsam Premiere “Demolition Man” Music Video

Flotsam And Jetsam have premiered a new video for their new song “Demolition Man.” This track is from the band’s new album “The End Of Chaos,” which will be released on January 18. The group commented:

“We were able to partner with director Jeremy Tremp, who also did the ‘Life Is A Mess’ video from our 2016 self-titled album, and the CineForge Media team once again. Jeremy create a cool story line under ‘Demolition Man’ that gave it an old school video vibe, with a great flow back and forth with the band conveying the power of the song in a visual format. And, that’s not always an easy thing to pull off.”

Flotsam And Jetsam Premiere New Song “Recover”

Flotsam And Jetsam have premiered a new song titled “Recover.” This track is from the band’s new album “The End Of Chaos,” which will be released on January 18.

“The End Of Chaos” Track Listing:

01. “Prisoner Of Time”
02. “Control”
03. “Recover”
04. “Prepare For Chaos”
05. “Slowly Insane”
06. “Architects Of Hate”
07. “Demolition Man”
08. “Unwelcome Surprise”
09. “Snake Eye”
10. “Survive”
11. “Good Or Bad”
12. “The End”

Flotsam And Jetsam Announce 2019 North American Tour

Flotsam And Jetsam have announced a 2019 North American tour in support of their upcoming album “The End Of Chaos,” which is expected to be released in November. The band commented:

“We’re excited to hit North America for a headlining tour next spring in support of our upcoming album release, ‘The End Of Chaos’. We’ll be following up our March 2019 European tour with Overkill and Destruction with this 34-show run throughout May/June 2019. Look for us to be playing music from the new album, as well as digging into our catalog to play Flotsam songs that haven’t been in the set for a while, if ever, in our headline set. We’re looking forward to bringing Flotsam And Jetsam’s metal to the masses once again!”

Tour Dates (venues TBA):

May 10 – Denver, CO
May 11 – Tulsa, OK
May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 – New Orleans, LA
May 14 – Winter Park, FL
May 15 – Margate, FL
May 16 – Ocala, FL
May 17 – Durham, NC
May 18 – Covington, KY
May 19 – Halethorpe, MD
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA
May 22 – New York, NY
May 23 – Clifton, NJ
May 24 – Poughkeepsie, NY
May 25 – Quebec City, QU
May 26 – Montreal, QU
May 27 – Toronto, ON
May 28 – Hartford, CT
May 30 – Westland, MI
May 31 – Louisville, KY
Jun. 01 – Joliet, IL
Jun. 02 – Milwaukee, WI
Jun. 03 – Minneapolis, MN
Jun. 04 – Merriam, KS
Jun. 05 – Colorado Springs, CO
Jun. 06 – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun. 08 – Vancouver, BC
Jun. 09 – Seattle, WA
Jun. 10 – Portland, OR
Jun. 11 – San Francisco, CA
Jun. 12 – Santa Ana, CA
Jun. 13 – West Hollywood, CA
Jun. 14 – San Diego, CA
Jun. 15 – Tempe, AZ

Flotsam And Jetsam To Release New Album “The End Of Chaos” In November

Flotsam And Jetsam will be releasing their new album “The End Of Chaos” on November 9 via AFM Records. You can check out the cover art for that below. Eric “A.K.” Knutson commented:

“Are you ready for this? I don’t think you are. You’ll have to pull up your big girl pants and prepare yourself.”

Flotsam And Jetsam Officially Welcome Drummer Ken Mary To The Band

Flotsam And Jetsam have officially welcomed Ken Mary (ex-Alice Cooper/Accept, etc.) to the band as their permanent drummer. Mary started touring with the band last year and will now join them on all future dates. He will also play on their upcoming album as well.

Mary commented:

“It’s always awesome to play with the mighty Flotsam And Jetsam. The music is super-challenging and at the same time a great deal of fun to play. With such great musicians in the band that are also great guys, it’s going to be a blast!”

The band added:

“We’re excited to announce that Ken will be our new drummer. Ken has already tracked all the drums for our upcoming album slated for release later this year, and we’re all looking forward to the fans experiencing a new chapter in the history of Flotsam And Jetsam.”

Flotsam And Jetsam will play “Doomsday For The Deceiver” in its entirety during some select dates on their European tour. The group added the following about that:

“We’re looking forward to a couple of special performances of the ‘Doomsday’ album played in its entirety, with Keep It True being the first time ever the band has taken on that task,” the band says. “With Metal Blade releasing ‘Doomsday’ on vinyl, the timing couldn’t be better for this special set. It’s something we’re all looking forward to playing for our friends in Europe.”

The band also have a North American tour booked with HammerFall. They said the following about that:

“This is going to be a banging tour, and we couldn’t ask for a more accommodating and cool group of talented musicians to hit the road with and bring our respective styles of metal to the masses. We have 10 headlining shows; before, during and after the HammerFall dates, so hopefully we’re coming close enough to your city to warrant a heavy metal road trip. Looking forward to seeing our U.S. and Canadian friends and fans on the road!”

Tour Dates:

04/27 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany – Keep It True XXI
04/29 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Stars On Thrash Vol 2
04/30 – Bari, Italy – Demonde
05/01 – Pisa, Italy – Borderline Dadga
05/02 – Pavia, Italy – Dadga
05/03 – Rome, Italy – Traffic
05/04 – Ulft, Netherlands – DRU Fabriek
05/05 – Izegim, Belgium – Headbanger’s Balls Fest
05/14 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/16 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
05/17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater *
05/18 – Winter Park, FL – The Haven *
05/19 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
05/20 – Raleigh, NC – Motorco *
05/22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
05/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero *
05/24 – New York, NY – Gramercy *
05/25 – Worcester, MA – Palladium *
05/26 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
05/27 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial *
05/28 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques *
05/29 – Toronto, ON – Opera House *
05/30 – Amprior, ON – John St. Pub
05/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *
06/01 – Cleveland, OH – Agora *
06/02 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards *
06/03 – Detroit, MI – Harpos *
06/04 – Joliet, IL – The Forge *
06/05 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze *
06/07 – Calgary, AB – Dickens *
06/08 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
06/09 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
06/10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
06/11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
06/12 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
06/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go *
06/15 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove *
06/16 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee *
06/18 – Dallas, TX – Trees *
06/19 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *
06/20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar *
06/21 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
06/22 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
06/23 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
06/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
06/25 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
06/26 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/22 – North Wales, UK – Hammerfest XI

* with HammerFall