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FOZZY DO YOU WANNA START A WAR REVIEW 2014

 

FOZZY - DO YOU WANT TO START A WAR

CENTURY MEDIA

JULY 25 2014

 

 

After the biggest album of their career in 2012’s ‘Sin and Bones’ it was always going to be interesting to hear the follow-up. You know how some bands manage to just keep the bar at that previous high level and others dip miserably below? Well with ‘Do I Want to Start a War’ Fozzy shoots so high over that bar it’s hard to even see that bar anymore: this could well be Jericho and Ward’s masterpiece.

 

Opening with the infectious title track Fozzy means business from the off and the stuttering ‘Bad Tattoo’ adds a Metal menace to proceedings before lead single ‘Lights Go out’ shows the sort of lateral thinking Fozzy is capable of here –producing a song that sounds like nothing else on the album – the sort of huge dance anthem that you could imagine from a band like maybe Buckcherry if they’d been listening to a band like Reckless Love? It’s for our mind a sure-fire winner and its pop and dance sensibilities can easily be forgiven in context, mitigated as they are by cutting guitars and rolling bass.  

 

If you crave an even lighter moment then big ballad ‘Died with You’ is just as good as anything the band has produced in this vein in the past and just screams ‘play me on the radio’. It’s nice that one of our favourites ‘Tonight’ featuring a cameo by Panther’s Michael Starr comes next, its pure party rock and roll in the vein of Buckcherry and hits all the right notes.

 

Now that the party is really started ‘Brides of Fire’ brings back the Metal with a huge riff and raging vocal. ‘One Crazed Anarchist’ keeps that thought on the boil with a massive Metal anthem bound to cause some trouble live.

 

‘Unstoppable’ is the big pop-infused track that has a real ‘European’ feel  and it’s a track that you feel is capable of spreading the Fozzy name into hearts of a whole new set of fans. We love it, and the female backing vocals really tip it over the edge. ‘Scarecrow’ is another departure, low-key and haunting at first before it turns and builds into an epic Metal showcase, you can’t help wondering in the back of your mind though if Jericho ever fought a Scarecrow in his wresting days… no? Oh well.

 

 Closing the album out with three great songs starting with the pop-Metal romp of ‘No Good Way’; then the solid ABBA cover ‘SOS’ (let’s face it ABBA were made for covering their songs are that well-constructed) and the fiery ‘Witchery’ it’s a great  way to close a great record.

 

From the unstoppable force of title track ‘Do You Want to Start a War’ to the tumultuous climax ‘Witchery’ through stops-offs that include the anthemic ‘Unstoppable’ and even an ABBA cover, this is certainly Fozzy’s best so far…

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

FOZZY DO YOU WANNA START A WAR REVIEW 2014