FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singer Eric "A.K." Knutson has told Jesse Capps of Loudist that the band will "probably start writing and recording" its next album in November 2019.
According to Eric, the veteran Arizona metallers "had about 43 songs" in various stages of completion during the writing process for this year's "The End Of Chaos" record. "We had to reduce it down to 14 so we didn't waste a bunch of time," he said. "It was really difficult because all 43 songs [guitarists Michael Gilbert and Steve Conley] handed me were amazing. I just had to go through and listen to the chorus parts of songs and just go, 'Okay, I hear something here right away, and I'm gonna work on this one.' As soon as I get that one at a skeletal stage, I listen through all of them again and find one that that I thought was doable for the record and start working on that one."
He continued: "You can listen to pretty much any song on 'The End Of Chaos' and go, 'You know what? This would have fit on [1995's] 'Drift' or this would have fit on [1988's] 'No Place [For Disgrace]' or this one would have done well with one of the other records. There's little bits and hints of every era of FLOTSAM.
"I've got files and files of songs for this new record that didn't make it that we can easily adapt for the next one," he said. "The writing process is much more fun and much more fluid than it ever has been before. Those guys just kept sending me great song after great song after great song. At this point, I'm excited for the next one."
Knutson also commented on the fact that "The End Of Chaos" has turned out to be one of the heaviest albums of FLOTSAM's career.
"I like to do the ballads and stuff, because I get to show off my voice a little bit," he said. "We had a couple of ballads in the 43 songs I had to choose from, and they just didn't come anywhere near the stuff that ended up on the record. It was a no-brainer to just keep it fast and heavy, and every song I wrote the next lyrics to ended up being faster and heavier than the one before. It just kind of fell into place that way."
"The End Of Chaos" was released on January 18 via AFM Records.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently officially welcomed Ken Mary (ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT) as the band's permanent drummer. Mary began touring with the group in 2017 after Jason Bittner was invited to join OVERKILL.