If you’re looking for a pseudo-classic rock meets dirty grunge act to rock your face off to, then Fozzy is definitely someone for you to check out. Led by WWE superstar Chris Jericho and ex-Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward, it’s no surprise that their music has accumulated praise from the likes of Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. They’ve seriously got the chops to be the next great American rock band.
Do You Wanna Start A War? begins with its anthem-like, stadium-rocking title track and prepares the listener for some old time rock n’ roll with elemental hints of Buckcherry, Fuel and Shinedown. Its lead single “Lights Go Out” paves the way for the other feel-good rock tracks like “No Good Way” and “Tonight”. “Lights Go Out” also incorporates growls, grit, melodic screams and everything in between, which no doubt had help in shaping the musicality of the harder songs on the album (“Brides of Fire” and “One Crazed Anarchist”).
To round out the album, there are a few horror movie soundtrack-perfect tracks in the form of “Scarecrow” (I mean the name alone can make you feel creeped out) and “Witchery” (kinda self-explanatory). There’s even a fun cover of Abba‘s “SOS” (which personally sounds better than the original). And what kind of rock album would it be without a gloomy, Theory of a Deadman-esque ballad about a love lost in “Died With You”?
The two songs to keep your ear out for couldn’t be more different in terms of theme and musicality. In one corner there’s “Bad Tattoo”, a headbanging track with funky yet pure rock guitars about not being able to get rid of someone who’s bad for you because the other person is in complete and utter denial of their toxic-ness. The comparison of this person to a ‘bad tattoo’ is humorous and actually makes you want to strongly consider using it on a normal basis, since it perfectly describes how you want to do everything in your power to keep this particular person from embarrassing the crap out of you.
In the other corner, there’s “Unstoppable”. Empowering rock songs are what make the world go round and this song perfectly embodies the big ‘fuck you’ to all those people who constantly tell you that you’re incapable of accomplishing your goals with lines like “you’ll never break me/I am unstoppable/you’ll never shake me/I am unstoppable.” Its classic rock feel in its instrumentation really reminds the listener that proving your self-worth is an ongoing battle no matter how successful you are.
Throughout Do You Wanna Start A War? there is a prominent increase of intensity, attention-grabbing guitar riffs and, of course, overall hard rock-ness. Fozzy makes you realize that classic rock – as well as ’90s and early 00s – elements are still very prominent in rock bands today and it’s actually refreshing to hear a band go back to the musical roots of simpler times. Jericho mesmerizes you with his soaring vocals and there’s definite star potential for the entire band as well.