In 2012, Fozzy signed with Century Media Records for the release of what would be their biggest release to date, Sin and Bones. The album, led by smash hit “Sandpaper feat. M. Shadows” catapulted the band to another level, spots on numerous national festivals and a headlining spot of the second stage of the 2012 Uproar Festival.
Enter 2014 and Fozzy have a lot to live up to with their follow-up to Sin and Bones– Do You Wanna Start a War, set for a July release and after listening to the record one thing’s for sure- Fozzy not only surpass expectations but obliterate them.
The record opens with the title track, which shows Fozzy mean business from the start and leads into “Tonight” which features Steel Panther’s Michael Starr and kicks off with a Buckcherry-esque riff.
Lead single “Light’s Go Out” has that sinister dance club and rave feel to it and makes you wanna circle pit while dancing at the same time- not recommended but hey, it’s metal. While they go a complete different direction with the song, it works well but is the only song of its kind on the record and is a clear experimentation for the band. It’s very well done and a shame there aren’t more on the record like it.
“One Crazed Anarchist” has a throwback metal feel mixed with those beautiful growls and anthemic bridge and chorus while “Brides of Fire” will remind fans of “Blood Happens” from Sin and Bones.
“Died with You” is a great ballad in the vein of “Inside My Head” and “A Passed Life” from the previous record while one of the high points in “Unstoppable” should be a huge hit for the band with its metal and poppy tones. The female vocal harmonies mesh perfectly with those of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho.
“Scarecrow” is haunting, hypnotic and catchy with a chorus that will stick with you for days and “SOS” has a musical and theatrical feel and is a musical rollercoaster while “Witchery” closes out the album on a complete adrenaline rush.
In the end, Chris Jericho, Rich Ward and company have done just what they set out to do- rock your ass off and create one hell of an album while doing so. Chalk this up as Fozzy’s strongest release to date and it will be tough to top it.
Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho talks Do You Wanna Start a War and more