December 26, 2014 Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start a War (Album Review)
Formed in 1999 by Professional wrestler Chris Jericho, Fozzy brings edgy Hard Rock with mastered mixing and smooth sultry vocals to fans of the genre. From Atlanta, Georgia, the Current line up features Jericho on lead vocals/piano, Rich Ward guitars/backing vocals, Frank Fontsere on drums, Billy Grey guitars/backing vocals, and Jeff Rouse on Bass/backing vocals. Spending large portion of their time on the road, the band is back in 2014 with a vengeance on their sixth studio album Do You Wanna Start A War. Produced by Ward himself, the album has been receiving a positive reaction since its release back in July, as the band continues to tour non-stop through April of 2015.
Starting the album off with a bang is the title track, featuring killer lively dark mixing heavy electric guitar lead into gritty clean vocals. Bringing out a bass line of epic proportions is “Bad Tattoo,” which offers amazing thought provoking lyrics with a twisted breakdown. Bringing sexy back, the soft sweet vocals of Jericho shine bright, as a precise guitar solo matches the intricate bass lines on the smooth, sultry lyrical track of “Lights go Out.” Rolling right along to “Died with You” has a soft, lullaby-like guitar riff and an opened, smooth drum beat, flowing a dream of sad, romantic lyrics introduced with alluring singing, making it a guaranteed favorite to all who listen. Next up is “Tonight,” bringing the listener back into the speed of a pure rock beat and upbeat melody. The track features guest vocalist Michael Star of Steel Panther, who offers a fun and impressive twist! Rhythmic guitars and click-driven drum beats are a perfectly timed key to support more of Jericho’s sassy vocals and devilish lyrics.
Later on, the song “Brides Of fire” comes at the audience with a mix of clean, high vocals and deep screams. Drums are fired up with speed and girth, while faster guitars and perfectly placed bass lines make way for a rapid speed guitar solo. With more outrageous tech mixing and head banging beats, the next song in order is “One Crazed Anarchist” which features a powerful vocal chorus. The song “Unstoppable” jumps in, with screaming guitars and high-pitched guest vocals from Christie Cook, who gives it an ’80s anthem feel. The piece is pulled together with full instrumental harmonies making for pure, melodic bliss. With slow haunting vocals and a creamy background guitar, “Scarecrow” comes at the listener in an unexpected way. With mid-line screams and cool mixing bringing an allargando to the chorus, the sweet undertones and off beat drums wrap up this mind blowing song. Changing things up a bit, “No good way” shows Jericho’s more grungy-like voice, along with some deep, backing voices and muffled guitars. The song “SOS” is a devilish cover of an ABBA classic. Coming on with a perfectly true piano opening, the song rushes into full on attack with an onslaught of drums, bass, and intense singing that are right on point, bringing new life to an old song. Closing out the album is “Witchery,” which is a well-placed track that hits the listener at mock speeds with fast hard hitting drums and blistering riffs.
Whether a listener is looking for a feel good song or an excuse to get up and dance, he/she will find it all on Do You Want to Start a War. Electrifying vocals and tight Rock music is the name of the game here, and Fozzy pull it off perfectly.
Crypticrock gives Do You Wanna Star a War 5 out of 5 stars.