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  • For metal novices, the only time you’ll hear of the band Flotsam & Jetsam is when they are mentioned as the band bassist Jason Newsted left to join Metallica. For the rest of us, Flotsam & Jetsam remains one of the most underrated acts in metal over the past decade or two, and 1992’s “Cuatro” is another overlooked metal masterpiece from the 90’s that really went unnoticed, just like the band themselves. The first three tracks here; “Natural Enemies”, “Swatting at Flies”, and “Message”, are masterpieces, as well as “Wading Through the Darkness” and “Are You Willing”. What’s even more of a shame than the band’s underratedness, is the fact that “Cuatro” has been long out of print, and considering all the recent re-releases which are supposedly “re-mixed and re-mastered” (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth), this album deserves it more so. If you’ve never heard Flotsam & Jetsam and you’re into old metal like old Metallica and Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer, Black Sabbath, and such, do yourself a favor and give this a look if you can find it.

    Posted on January 2, 2010