Mascot Records [Release date 06.05.22]
Fozzy have been present on the rock scene for over two decades and their pedigree is clearly demonstrated on this latest album – it’s a master class in pure Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Fozzy have had 5 consecutive top 20 singles under their belt. They set their own benchmark with their 2017 “Judas”, which reached the Top 5 on the US Rock charts and boasts 55m views on YouTube, this achieved Gold Record status in February (selling 0.5m copies).
The band are understandably pretty pleased with this news, Jericho says: “…for ‘Judas’ to have sold 500,000 units in this day and age, completely blows my mind as a fan and a musician, and also makes me realize how far Fozzy has come and how far we are going to go!! Thanks to ALL OF YOU for making this dream come true for me and the guys.”
The band have released 2 singles thus far, “Sane”, being the opening track of the album and more recently, “I Still Burn”, which is a power house anthem, frontman Chris Jericho comments: ” I Still Burn is Fozzy’s mission statement, our life’s work and our destiny…and we are so proud to share this message of victory with our Fozzy family!!Plus, Rich’s (Rich Ward, the Duke) guitar solo f**kin rules!!!”
I can’t disagree with that – and by the way, all the guitar solos are epic, check out the solo in the closing track ‘The Vulture Club’, which I could easily add to my list of highlights but then that would pretty much be the whole album! Of course, Rich Ward has been doing this for 30 plus years now so it’s no surprise he’s at the top of his game but it would be unfair not to call out the class musicianship throughout, this band are on fire and the passion is clear!
Stand out tracks for me are numerous so this gets added to my top albums of 2022 but highlights include ‘I Still Burn’ (what a powerhouse track!), ‘Purifier’, ‘Ugly on the Inside’ with the most relevant lyrics for this day and age “You are so beautiful, But I see right through it all, You’re ugly on the inside”. Also, ‘Omen’ for the sublimely heavy riffs, and ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’ , not if this album is anything to go by!
It would be remiss of me not to mention the cover of ‘Relax’ (well I am an 80’s gal!), which Fozzy certainly own as if it was their own.
What an absolute classic of a rock album, I love, love, love it, this truly deserves chart success too – that benchmark just got even higher. Grab a copy, put it on loud and educate your neighbours! *****
Review by Karen Clayton
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