Eric "A.K." Knutson & Michael Gilbert of Flotsam and Jetsam talk metal, favorite thrash songs, new Flotsam and Jetsam music, surviving the 80's, what lead to Michael Gilbert joining the band and more with Zoran Theodorovic @ Holy Diver in Sacramento, California June 12th, 2018
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Flotsam and Jetsam is an American thrash metal and progressive metal band that formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. The band currently consists of vocalist Eric "A.K" Knutson, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley, bassist Michael Spencer, and drummer Ken Mary. Flotsam and Jetsam went through several lineup changes over the years, and Knutson has been the only constant member of the band. They are also notable for featuring bassist Jason Newsted, who left the band shortly after the release of their debut album to join Metallica as Cliff Burton's replacement.
Flotsam and Jetsam have released twelve studio albums in their career (the latest being 2016's Flotsam and Jetsam), and have sold over one million records worldwide. Despite not achieving similar levels of commercial success as some of their thrash metal contemporaries, the band achieved minor success in America, with two of their albums (1988's No Place for Disgrace and 1990's When the Storm Comes Down) entering the Billboard 200 chart, and their fourth album Cuatro (1992) cracking the top 30 on the Heatseekers chart.