Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War
2014, Century Media Records
Buy the album
1. “Do You Wanna Start a War”
2. “Bad Tattoo”
3. “Lights Go Out”
4. “Died With You”
6. “Brides of Fire”
7. “One Crazed Anarchist”
10. “No Good Way”
Chris Jericho – Lead Vocals
Rich Ward – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Billy Grey – Guitar
Paul Di Leo – Bass
Frank Fontsere – Drums
Producer: Rich Ward
Fozzy’s sixth album brings them their best first-week sales and highest Billboard chart position yet — over 5,000 copies sold to place the album at No. 54. There was a time when a number like that wouldn’t have gotten you in the Top 200 at all but in this digital age, that’s a pretty good number for a rock/metal band.
For the most part, the album is modern hard rock/metal that could be passed off as Shinedown, Pop Evil or whoever but the band takes a few twists and turns every few tracks. This isn’t necessarily a problem as long as the songs are good but this album is all over the place. Which, I guess, is a symptom of all Fozzy releases. They do a lot of genre hopping and trend-following. On All That Remains, they tried a rap-metal song. On Chasing the Grail, they did a song that sounded like Avenged Sevenfold. With Do You Wanna Start A War has a modern rock radio ballad in the form of “Died With You” but experiments with screamo metal on “One Crazed Anarchist” and then I hear bits of glam rock on “Tonight”. “SOS” is a cover of ABBA.
As I said, this isn’t a bad thing. Do You Wanna Start A War is a pretty interesting listen because of its diversity and the band is employing melodies to a greater degree this time. Chris Jericho’s voice continues to get stronger. His work on their earlier albums was pretty weak and he was probably getting by only on name-value at that point but he’s definitely come along as a vocalist. I would actually rather him focus on music these days than professional wrestling.
14 years after the band’s first release, it seems like Fozzy finally has a spark about them, even if their sound is a bit unfocused.
Highlights: “Do You Wanna Start A War”, “Lights Go Out”, “Died With You”, “Scarecrow”, “No Good Way”, “SOS”