FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: New Audio Interview With ERIC 'A.K.' KNUTSON

Metal Army America recently conducted an interview with vocalist Eric "A.K." Knutson of Phoenix, Arizona-based metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, "Ugly Noise". The lead single and title track is available for streaming below.

"Ugly Noise" is FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow-up to their 2010 album "The Cold". The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who hadn't recorded with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM since "High" in 1997.

Commented Smith: "We have just inked a distribution deal for the release of 'Ugly Noise' through Metal Blade Records. 'Ugly Noise' will be released worldwide in late March/early April of 2013. It was the obvious choice for us after our longstanding relationship and Metal Blade's 30-year history of metal. You can't match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them. We are excited and looking forward to working with Metal Blade in 2013."

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently took part in "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour with TESTAMENT.

Funding for the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM album was aided by the PledgeMusic.com project, which encourages fans to contribute funds to the recording of albums and the artists themselves to donate to charity as a part of their fundraising.

When asked about the musical direction of the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM material, the band's guitarist Michael Gilbert told Metal Army America in July 2012: "It's probably the most mature it's ever been, but if you wanna classify it as close to any other record that we've done, it's probably gonna be close to [1995's] 'Drift'. If we were gonna make a record right after 'Drift', which was out fifth record, 'Ugly Noise' would be the next one — with this lineup, you know."

The band's current lineup is the same as the one that recorded the "Cuatro" (1992), "Drift" (1995) and "High" (1997) albums:

Eric "A.K." Knutson - Vocals
Ed Carlson - Guitar
Michael Gilbert - Guitar
Jason Ward - Bass
Kelly David Smith - Drums

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