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Released: Jul 22, 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Label: Century Media
Number Of Tracks: 12
Fozzy execute a slightly more mainstream approach that also retains enough elements of their distinctive sound on their sixth studio album, "Do You Wanna Start a War."
Do You Wanna Start A WarFeatured review by: UG Team, on july 30, 2014 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: A compilation of well crafted heavy metal awaits both dedicated and unfamiliar followers of the genre on this newly released offering from Fozzy. Amongst a conclave of melodic choruses, punishing percussion arrangements, driving bass lines and solid chord progressions, a few touches of mainstream elements attribute a moderately lighthearted tone to several selections found throughout "Do You Wanna Start a War." Such a notion would typically sound the preemptive trumpets of impending doom for a new heavy metal effort, however the outcome here stays within comfortable territory and doesn't demolish the end product.
The album's title track proudly welcomes the listener to this latest Fozzy offering, which is further bracketed by an anthemic chorus that's repetitive enough to leave a quick impression and determined to become a live staple for the band. The energetic guitar work on "Bad Tattoo" is easily a tie back to the group's earlier efforts, and quickly reveals that this new compilation will alternate between one of two musical frontiers. "Lights Go Out" doesn't immediately step out in front and catch the listener off guard, and admittedly takes some time to build up towards a climactic refrain, however once lead vocalist Chris Jericho shifts to his higher octave singing voice you're caught in the current of comforting complimentary guitar playing.
Not the entire album is built around formidable compositions, however, as indicated on the somewhat less memorable power ballad "Died With You." Focused primarily on delicate piano work accompanied by Jericho's singing, this no doubt is a resurgence of the Metallica-meets-Journey categorization the vocalist prominently attributed to the band. However, the album does a solid job at switching from arguably it's lowest point to one of the more memorable collaborations, "Tonight" which features an appearance from Steel Panther's Michael Starr. The two frontmen join forces during the chorus for what is a standout hard rock selection, highlighted by soaring vocal melodies and slamming power chords.
"Do You Wanna Start a War" takes another left turn during the malicious "Brides of Fire," a song which is propelled by heart stopping drum kicks and angst-fueled vocals. This stylistic barrier is continued on "One Crazed Anarchist," which happens to be one of the more impressionable guitar-driven songs on the album, as talkbox-accented playing fills the space between Jericho's lines during the verses. Similarly, "No Good Way" introduces growling vocals and a backbone of percussion and guitar work which keeps the album transitioning smoothly. One of the far more bizarre efforts on the album is a cover of ABBA's "SOS," which does a decent job at removing a degree of the pop flair of the original to make it an authentic cover, however fails at maintaining enough originality to allow the outcome to become standout. // 7
Lyrics: World Championship Wrestling fans were likely familiar with Chris Jericho before he formed Fozzy in 1999, and while the performance from the The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla probably would confuse those who only recognize him from his wrestling career (particularly on the album's cover of ABBA), his singing style on "Do You Wanna Start a War" is an admirable one. The majority of the album shows Jericho remaining in a comfortable position which fluctuates between diminished growls to higher-than-talk-singing pitch. However, there are some moments on the album which are less standout; "Unstoppable" shows Chris Jericho falling into a questionable direction heavily centered upon screeching, which when layered atop a highly repetitive instrumental section makes for a poor listening experience. // 7
Overall Impression: All in all, Fozzy execute a slightly more mainstream approach that also manages to retain enough elements of their distinctive sound to appease dedicated listeners on their sixth studio album, "Do You Wanna Start a War." Aside from a handful of questionable moments, the album is largely centered around impressionable guitar work and anthemic choruses that are bound to appease even unfamiliar listeners. // 7
Do You Wanna Start A War
Aryan Death Man, on august 05, 2014 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: After getting considerable and moderate success with previous albums, Fozzy are back with a more accessible and hard rock sound. While "All That Remains" and "Chasing the Grail" was much more heavier, they've gone for more impactful and shorter songs. And, for the most part, they've done an impressive job.
Chris Jericho, who's best known for his wrestling skills has crossed over successfully into the world of heavy metal. Showing range of skills and variation, his vocals are over the top and gets you hooked. Whether its a ballad or fast thrashy song, he has done an excellent job. Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo) is one of the most underrated guitarists in the world and proves his wide array of talents in this album. Just take a listen to his blistering solo on "Brides of Fire."
Another interesting aspect of this album is, apart from using traditional heavy metal instruments, they've used some electronica sound on "Lights Go Out" and "One Crazed Anarchist." While some material can sound a bit "generic," but nonetheless, Fozzy has proven they have what it takes to survive in the rough world of music industry. // 8
Lyrics: Here's a breakdown of every song in "Do You Wanna Start a War":
1. "Do You Wanna Start a War" - The opening and title track opens with a dark and groovy sounding riff.A catchy chorus kicks in and it serves as a great opener to this album. 2. "Bad Tattoo" - It's much more like their heavy songs in "All That Remains" or "Chasing the Grail." It's one of the heaviest songs and definitely one of the good ones. 3. "Lights Go Out" - The first single of this album, is recommended if you haven't heard of their songs before. This song should be great for concerts and live performances. A lot of electronica influences can be heard. 4. "Died With You" - A heavy metal ballad. Fozzy shows they can write soft songs to you. The main riff reminds me of "Change" by Deftones. 5. "Tonight" - A throwback to the '80s catchy heavy metal sound. And it makes more sense that Michael Starr of Steel Panther lends his vocal prowess in this song. A very catchy song. 6. "Brides of Fire" - This song is the heaviest and probably the best song in this album. A great solo by Rich Ward. And the drummer, Frank Fontsere, deserves a nod too for an excellent job. 7. "One Crazed Anarchist" - The second single from this album. Definitely one of the best songs. Some electronica sound as previously mentioned. A great mixture of heavy and melody. 8. "Unstoppable" - A song featuring Christie Cook. Jericho's vocal takes a backseat here. Reminds me of "Watch Me Shine" of "Chasing the Grail." 9. "Scarecrow" - A very haunting and dark sounding ballad.Different from what the rest of the albums has to offer. 10. "No Good Way" - Another catchy and heavy number.As said before, Fozzy are great in producing the trademark hard rock sound here. A quality many rock bands lack. 11. "SOS" - Originally by the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA. Fozzy puts their metal twist in this popular mainstream song. A great tribute. 12. "Witchery" - One of the heaviest song and similar to "Brides of Fire." Lots of heavy riffs and solos, a great to way end this fantastic album.
While there are some variety of songs, I wish they did produced more longer songs like "Wormwood" (recommended for everyone) and "Storm the Beaches." And some of the songs can be considered generic too. But it's a great accessible metal album. And if you play the album from start to finish, you'll end up having a great time. // 8
Overall Impression: When Jericho was asked to characterize Fozzy he replied "If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy." The album is a testament to that statement. While I think, this album is not as great as "Chasing the Grail," it's still a great album. They may have gone for a more mainstream sound, but it's packed with great riffs, solos and everything associated with heavy metal. Fozzy has been knocking on the doors of heavy metal for quite some time and it is time for the community to stand up and take notice of them. // 8