FLOTSAM & JETSAM (1985–PRESENT). Eric A. K. (vocals), Michael Gilbert (guitar), Edward Carlson (guitar), Troy Gregory (bass), and Kelly David-Smith (drums).
Perhaps best known as the band in which Metallica bassist Jason Newsted cut his teeth, Arizona’s Flotsam & Jetsam first broke on the scene as an up-and-coming thrash metal band in 1986 with their debut Metal Blade album Doomsday for the Deceiver. Soon after its release, Newsted made his departure for Metallica, replacing the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton, who had perished in a tour bus accident.
Replacing Newsted with new bassist Troy Gregory, the band released No Place for Disgrace on Elektra in 1988, but the album failed to get the band much attention beyond thrash metal circles. 1990 saw the band releasing When the Storm Comes Down, the first of three more major label releases (now on the MCA label), but neither it nor its successors would serve to break the band into the big leagues. Nonetheless, the band has continued to record, albeit on smaller labels, plying their brand of thrash for fans of the genre, most recently Live in Phoenix in 2006.
Discography: Doomsday for the Deceiver (Metal Blade, 1986); No Place for Disgrace (Elektra, 1988); When the Storm Comes Down (MCA, 1990); Cuatro (MCA, 1992); Doomsday+Flotz (Roadrunner, 1993); Drift (MCA, 1995); High (Metal Blade, 1997); Unnatural Selection (Metal Blade, 1999); My God (Metal Blade, 2001); Dreams of Death (Crash, 2005); Live in Phoenix (Magick, 2006); High/Unnatural Selection (Metal Blade, 2002).