When I saw that Flotsam and Jetsam had released a new album, I have to admit I was pretty excited. I mean, I grew up in the 80's and listened to nothing but thrash metal and Flotsam was one of those many bands that I listened to. Me and my friends would sit in one of our rooms with our record/cassette player combo blasting the hell out of such classics as “Doomsday for the Deceiver” and “No Place for Disgrace” while banging our fists and heads, as well as blasting out our ear drums.

Well that was then and this is now and with that being said, I have to say- This album is awful! This isn't the Flotsam and Jetsam that we listened to in the 80's. Not by a long shot. This sounds more like something that you would hear on the classic rock station. Again, not the Thrash Metal, head banging maniacs of yesteryear.

With 12 songs of ear blistering, mind numbing tracks, F and J bring us “Ugly Noise”. I can actually hear how they came up with the name for this album. There is nothing original, as matter of fact, it sounds as if they decided to mimic Queensryche, as a lot of the “new” sound their going for sound very much like them. I'm not saying is a bad thing (If your into that!) but this could be so much better. Every trendy guitar chord and drum beat possible can be heard on this album. The vocals are just as bad and the lyrical content, well, it rhymes... Like a Dr. Seuss story book. But at least Dr. Seuss is entertaining.

I wish I could at least say one nice thing about this album, at least for the sake of good memories I've had with the band many years ago, but there just isn't anything good to say about it. I couldn't even make it through the entire album. I tried, believe me, I did. But after the 7th song going into the 8th I'd had enough! Again, I'm used to the F and J of old, thrashing and smashing and being loud. This however is NOT that.

If you like top 40 rock or are a big fan of Queensryche, then by all means, buy this album. But if your looking to re-live the Thrash movement of the 80's, stay clear of this... Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to clean my ears out with something a lot heavier!