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Current line upInstrument
Eric A.K.Vocals
Michael GilbertGuitar
Steve ConleyGuitar
Michael SpencerBass
Ken MaryDrums

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM exploded onto the brand new Thrash scene in 1986 with the legendary "Doomsday For the Deceiver", the record that propelled original bass player Jason Newstead to international superstardom as a member of Metallica. Not to be outdone, Flotsam then followed up with what some consider to be oneof the most important thrash record of all time, "No Place For Disgrace". Then it was onward and upward to MCA records for 3 albums that allowed the band to grow musically while never losing the integrity their fans had come to expect. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has become a staple over the years within Thrash Metal circles. The band was formed in Arizona by vocalist Eric A. K., guitarists Michael Gilbert and Edward Carlson, bassist Jason Newsted, and drummer Kelly David-Smith. After signing with Metal Blade Records, they recorded their rough, but ambitious 1986 debut, “Doomsday for the Deceiver”, which displayed a huge Metallica influence. Ironically, the metal giants would soon recruit Newsted to replace bassist Cliff Burton, who had died in a tragic tour bus crash. In another strange twist, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM then signed with METALLICA'S label Elektra, for whom they recorded their second album, 1988's “No Place for Disgrace." FLOTSAM supported the record by touring North America relentlessly. Switching to MCA, the band issued three more albums (1990's “When the Storm Comes Down”), 1992's “Cuatro”, and 1995's “Drift”) The band went back to Metal Blade for three more albums before releasing “Dreams Of Death”(Crash Music) in 2005.

Midyear 2008 the band were signed to Driven Music Group, founded by former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and industry executive Mark Nawara. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's 2010 release „The Cold“ marked an impressive return to old band trademarks and was highly acclaimed by both media and fans. While the follow up 'Ugly Noise' sounded a bit less straight forward, the eponymous FLOTSAM AND JETSAM release of 2016 focused once more on all the strengths, the fans love the band for, and right now, the band is preparing to enter the studio to start the recordings for a brand new album. We though it was about time to invite the guys to Balingen again - and so we did: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will hit the stage of BANG YOUR HEAD!!! 2019

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