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Fozzy
Do You Wanna Start A War

Company: Century Media
Release: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • This is a legitimate band



  • Damnit if Fozzy haven't created one of the sexiest songs in years with "When the Lights Go Out". Lyrically under the covers with lines like "The walls come down, we sound, just like animals" and "Blood-red pumps up against your body, beating like drums sucked in the fire". It is this kind of writing that makes new album, "Do You Wanna Start a War", proof in the pudding that Jericho and cohorts are comfortable in their own skin. This is the second consecutive album to feature the same line-up, validity that Fozzy are far, far removed from posturing under monikers like Mongoose McQueen and The Kidd. Like the previous effort, "Sin and Bones" (2012), this new entry combines modern hard rock and commercial appeal with metal's polished European style. "Bad Tattoo" is simplistic riffs that are superimposed over bad marriage woes. It's serious, but presented comically in the satirical Jericho style. "Died With You" is intelligent Shinedown, a tight fisted grip for radio play. "Scarecrow" paints a bleak harvest of empty fields and black birds through two verses before erupting into one of the catchiest chorus parts in years. "Oh scarecrow we need you back again, you've been gone for much too long" is layered over ascending strings that reminds me of how uplifting Boston could turn acoustic into huge electric melodies. It reverberates into bombastic grooves and the familiar one-word growls from Rich "The Duke" Ward. There is heavy, puissant offerings like "Witchery" and "Brides of Fire", both staunching the hard rock fluency of the record with plenty of aggression. The songs are countered by the soaring leads and twin guitar rhythm but built around Ward's grumblings and Jericho's quick banter. "Do You Wanna Start A War" is a remarkable album exhibiting the twists and turns of a band fifteen years of age. Jericho has referenced himself as "entertainer" to encompass his podcasting, acting, wrestling and music. I think Fozzy, combined with the experience of both Jericho and Century Media, have turned the corner and made this is a legitimate band with enough merit, skill and style to compete at any level.


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: FOZZY
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    All That RemainsFozzy
    2005
    Psycho Sarah2/17/2005
    All That RemainsFozzy
    2005
    Eric Compton2/18/2005
    Do You Wanna Start A WarFozzy
    2014
    Eric Compton7/22/2014


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