Flotsam and Jetsam is a bit of an overlooked thrash metal band from the 1980's. Most of their exposure comes from the fact that they were Jason Newsted's band before he left to replace Cliff Burton in Metallica. The band was from Arizona, so they really were not a part of any of the major thrash metal scenes. Nevertheless, Flotsam and Jetsam is a damn good band. Combining thrash and American power metal, they were more on the melodic side than many of the other bands of the era. Singer Eric A.K. is a great vocalist with a soaring voice and the guitar work of Edward Carlson and Michael Gilbert has been underrated. Their debut is a great album, and also the only full-length with Newsted.
FAVORITE ALBUM: DOOMSDAY FOR THE DECEIVER