Fozzy release a party-compatible record

US-rockers Fozzy, formed about 15 years ago as a cover band, have come a long way since their early days. The band headed by Wrestling-champ and frontmen Chris Jericho and musical mastermind Rich Ward has established themselves as a regular act on the touring circuit. Now they present their sixth studio album “Do You Wanna Start A War”.

The album starts with the title track, a mid-tempo rocker with a memorable refrain. The song clearly addresses a wider mass audience and is compatible with mass media outlets. The remaining eleven tracks follow in the footsteps of the opener. Fozzy serves a dish of easily digestible rock music with various elements of harder and heavier subgenres. These range from metalcore influences and slight death metal growling on “One Crazed Anarchist” to ‘80ies pop metal on “Tonight”, which features Steel Panther’s Michael Starr. “Lights Go Out” starts more as a pop song just to turn to an all-out heavy metal track. “Unstoppable” features Christie Cook on vocals alongside Chris Jericho and includes some fine guitar work. True to their starting days, Fozzy include a cover song as well. Abba’s “SOS” is certainly a bit of a risk for a heavy band but the guys pull it off in style. The song actually works quite well with this hard rock make over.

The twelve songs of “Do You Wanna Start A War” include hardly any complete failures but don’t present any stellar highlights either. All songs are rather straight forward, song structures stay with the proven concept of verse/bridge/refrain. The production, done by the musical head of the band Rich Ward, is modern, crisp and doesn’t have any flaws. Fozzy have released a sound album.

With “Do You Wanna Start A War” Fozzy has mastered the art of walking the fine line between combining rock music suitable for radio airplay and heavy metal. Although most songs stay within the softer area of hard music there is still enough heaviness to attract the metal audience. The band defines itself as a party band and Fozzy delivered on that promise: groovy rock music with heavy undertones combined with catchy refrains that make the album compatible for a large variety of parties.

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