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Doomsday for the Deceiver by Flotsam and Jetsam is one of the best and earliest thrash metal albums, originally released in 1986, the songs are kept fast and fairly simple but are extremely effective with some killer riffs, possibly the best vocals of the time and some damn catchy lyrics written by primarily by Jason Newsted who would join Metallica as bassist after this album.
The band were young and full of energy and this was their first full album, for fans of bands of other bands from the California speed/thrash metal scene such as Megadeth and Mercyful Fate, you'll undoubtedly love this album.
Trackwise, I'd have to say that the title track is one of the best, "Die Fuhrer" despite portraying Hitler as extremely demonic often gets a bad rap but it's a catchy song with a very effective chorus and a long intro which you wouldn't really expect to find in this otherwise fairly straight forward thrash/speed metal album.
"She took an Axe" written about Lizzy Borden is a brilliant track, in fact the only song on the album which doesn't really do it for me is "Flotzilla" and the reason for this is that the guitar playing is strangely high-pitched and the track is too long winded which leads that repetitive high pitched sound to pierce your ears!
Apart from that though, the album is a classic and a must buy for every fan of thrash/speed metal. Fade to Black is a completely different track to the Metallica one.
1. "Hammerhead" - 6:15
2. "Iron Tears" - 3:52
3. "Desecrator" - 3:49
4. "Fade to Black" - 2:05
5. "Doomsday for the Deceiver" - 9:12
6. "Metal Shock" - 8:17
7. "She Took an Axe" - 5:15
8. "U.L.S.W." - 4:22
9. "Der Führer" - 5:46
10. "Flotzilla" - 6:07