Cards on the table from the start, I absolutely love Chris Jericho. From his twenty plus years in the wrestling business, his fantastic ability on the mic and in ring on top of hosting one of the most engaging podcasts with Talk Is Jericho.
As for his band Fozzy, well to be kind to them they do not proclaim to be anything they are not, they are the definition of “Wrestle Metal”. Straight up radio rock with barely any thrills which isn’t the worst thing in the world. In their previous four albums the band have produced a couple of decent tunes like ‘Sandpaper’ and the WWE PPV theme song ‘Enemy,’ which is their best song to date.
As for their new album “Do You Wanna Start A War,” it pains me to say that the band has really dropped the ball on this one. The clunky shoehorning of electronics, which underpin the bands typical barrage of radio metal riffs, fails to lift the album in anyway and already date the album.
As for the first single ‘Lights Go Out’, it opens with an electronically enhanced guitar riff and hideous R&B digital drum beat that is not too dissimilar (I’m not making this up) to The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Boom, Boom, Pow’. It really is a mess.
Sadly, that isn’t the albums only misstep. I know Chris Jericho isn’t known for his lyrical depth and intrigue, more of a David Dickinson than Bruce. But even by Fozzy‘s usual cliched lyrical output the songs on “Do You Wanna Start A War” are really poor. The tracks, instead of standing out, just merge into one lifeless stream of radio rock.
“Do You Wanna Start A War” really is a poor example of what Fozzy are capable of and really does not do them as a band justice. With horrid electronic production, cringey lyrics and flat songs the album just ceases to capture the energetic and frantic live band they are. Sorry Y2J but this isn’t your best work.