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Album Review: Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War

Written by Dave Smiles

I discovered Fozzy in 2002 from being a wrestling / Chris Jericho fan. I brought Happenstance before hearing it. I knew half the songs anyway and I’ve always found cover songs interesting. Twelve years on and Fozzy have come a long way from the cover band they started out as. Do You Wanna Start A War is a great example of a band taking different styles of metal and grinding them together to make a style of their very own.

Sirens and an ominous guitars riff kick off the title track, setting a scene of impending doom to all who dared cross Fozzy, or more likely any WWE superstar who crossed Chris Jericho. The follow up track Bad Tattoo thrashes things up a bit.

The dark ballad Died With You shows the band can create some emotional music and Jericho is quite an accomplished singer. (Time for a real showdown between him and John Cena!) There’s a cool solo on this track too.

Tonight is a cool 70s inspired song with a guitar riff to match. This track contains guest vocals from Steel Panther’s Michael Starr. It’s interesting to hear him being a little more serious than what we’re used to. Jericho’s and Starr’s voice’s work well together and it’s obvious they have a genuine love for this type of music.

Fans of the band know they’re inspired by 80s metal sound, but on the track Lights Go Out, they have an almost industrial type funk style. It also has a strong pop feel and is a perfect choice for a lead single. Vocally, Jericho sounds like Ozzy Osbourne in the early 2000s.

The track Scarecrow sounds much like its subject matter in that it seems like it’s been pieced together from various contrasting parts. On my first listen this demanded my full attention and not because the various sections seemed mashed together, but rather due to it being gripping in its unpredictability. -- Ominous intro, followed by a doomy riff and some modern metal lyrics, then it kicks back to a HIM-ish style mellow chorus, with a more poppy type pre-chorus.

A lot of metal bands like to cover / parody songs that are worlds apart from what they’re known for. On this album Fozzy have chosen to cover Abba’s SOS. I guess with a little experimentation songs from outside the metal genre can indeed be heavy. It’s faithful to the original, and heavy at the same time. Interesting, sure, but I can’t help but wonder why this song?

Overall, this is a powerful effort from Fozzy. There’s a lot going on in their songs with the various styles and textures. With the uniqueness in what they do I hope they continue to release music this interesting in the future. For those who haven’t listened to Fozzy, Do You Want To Start A War would be a good place to start.

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