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Review of the Album "Doomsday for the Deceiver" by Flotsam and Jetsam

Updated on January 13, 2021
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

An area covered with snow and darkness and the photo represents a sort of doomsday situation. Cold and darkness is associated with doom and gloom.
An area covered with snow and darkness and the photo represents a sort of doomsday situation. Cold and darkness is associated with doom and gloom.

Why Doomsday for the Deceiver is a Famous Album

Doomsday for the Deceiver is the 1986 and debut studio album by American thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam. Some of us will remember Flotsam and Jetsam for being the main band that Jason Newsted was involved with prior to joining Metallica. I have been one of those people that’s always liked, respected and admired Newsted for his creativity with Metallica though he could have had more an active role had he been allowed to by the other members. Flotsam and Jetsam is the best heavy metal band to come out of the state of Arizona along with Sacred Reich. At least these two are the two most famous metal bands to come out of that state.

Doomsday for the Deceiver is a Great Start for Jason Newsted

Nevertheless, 43 seconds into Doomsday for the Deceiver, you get a good feeling that this is going to be a special album. In the opening song called “Hammerhead” you can clearly hear the bass but the beginning of the song is notable as well since it is a slow start and reminds me structurally of the song “Hit the Lights” by Metallica. I’m not sure if Jason Newsted knew in any way that he would be joining Metallica soon after this album was released. However, if there was a strong way for he to start his career, Doomsday for the Deceiver is a great way for him to have done it.

Why do I make that reference to the song “Hit the Lights?” Because the start of this song is slow enough and the structure of it is similar to that song that was written just three years before in 1983. “Hammerhead” is a song that lyrically about a person that is trying to seduce a woman that he meets. He wants to get to know her better. You can clearly hear the bass as well as the razor sharp riffing that exists in this song. This is also how the bass guitar sound should have been like when Jason joined Metallica and recorded …And Justice for All with them but the bass sound was tampered. There is no such tampering of the bass guitar in this song or in the album as we are treated to a very fine album. Doomsday for the Deceiver may be not given as much credit by fans because other albums released that year are more famous but Doomsday for the Deceiver is a thrash metal gem, just about.

What Kind of Album is Doomsday for the Deceiver?

However, Doomsday for the Deceiver is not some raw thrash metal album but it is an album that has a lot of progressive feel to it so if you enjoy those kinds of albums then this one is just right for you. Nowhere is the progressive influence more noticeable than on the title track itself. And the screaming vocal style of Eric A.K. is very noticeable and it actually does not detract from the quality of the songs at all.

“Der Fuhrer” which is song #9 lyrically is about the rise of Adolf Hitler. The song “Flotzilla” appears on the US version of the album and it is an instrumental song. Flotsam and Jetsam at this time were signed to the famous Metal Blade Records. Stylistically, you can hear the razor sharp riffs, a musical theme that was very common at this time and that type of style of play was also common in the early Exodus albums such as 1985’s Bonded by Blood.

"Flotzilla" Bonus Track

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Final Thoughts About the Album Doomsday for the Deceiver

There is also a song on this album called “Fade to Black” and no, it is not the Metallica song that fans are familiar with but a song that has a sort of blues style to it with very fast lead guitar work. Doomsday for the Deceiver is one of those metal albums that can be a memorable one if you really give it a chance and let the riffs and melody of the album really sink deep into your senses. I’ll admit that other than having listened to this album and Jason Newsted’s contributions with Metallica I have not listened to the material he has done afterwards. But it is in this Flotsam and Jetsam debut that he really shows that he can play bass pretty effectively. Three full listens through this debut by Flotsam and Jetsam leaves me more than convinced that this is one of the best albums of 1986. Is it a better album than Master of Puppets? No it is not but that does not reduce the greatness of the album that then 23-year old Jason Newsted helped to make better.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Ara Vahanian


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