FOZZY

"Chasing the Grail" (Riot! Entertainment; 2010)

Reviewed by Snidermann

 

I can't believe that I first reviewed Fozzy ten years ago! Then, Chris Jericho was just a professional wrestler -- now he is a professional wrestler and a rock star.

Chris Jericho has matured both as a singer and as a songwriter and "Chasing The Grail" is not only the best Fozzy recording to date, it may be one of the best rock recordings of the year. Rock music comes and goes and, as a music reviewer, I hear a lot of it, however "Chasing the Grail" has given me a new look on the music that I love and that is priceless. The songs are thought-provoking, full of clever lyrics and music that ranks right up there with the best in the business.

Chris Jericho may have two jobs and, if being a professional wrestler gives him the opportunity to make great music, I say fight on and rock on!!

For more information, check out http://www.fozzyrock.com

"Happenstance" (Megaforce; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

 

Let's dispense with the fiction concerning Fozzy. If you want to know the fantasy, check out my prior review (below). Fozzy is, in fact, professional wrestler Chris Jericho (known here as Mongoose McQueen). Surprisingly, Jericho is a killer metal vocalist and, when combined with the rest of the band (consisting mostly of former members of Stuck Mojo), Fozzy is a surprisingly ... no, make that stunningly ... effective metal force.

This CD, "Happenstance," simply kicks metal fucking ass. Not only are Fozzy possibly the best metal cover band of all time, but this CD made my "Best of" list for 2002. 

The cover tunes here are impressive, both vocally and musically, without a slouch in the bunch at all. Those songs are covers of Judas Priest ("Freewheel Burning), Black Sabbath ("The Mob Rules"), Scorpions ("Big City Nights), Accept ("Balls to the Wall") and Iron Maiden ("Where Eagles Dare").

The music virtually explodes from the CD with an intensity that, in my opinion, is not in enough of today's metal. Jericho (or McQueen) belts out tune after tune. At first, the vocals are nothing special but, as the CD picks up speed, they simply blew me the fuck away. This cat can wail with the very best of them. I could not believe this was the voice of a professional wrestler. 

The difference between this CD and the previous one is that "Happenstance" contains some original material. The original music here is outstanding ... completely in tune with the classic metal covered ... and with the best metal presentation I have heard in quite some time. 

This CD must be experienced to be truly appreciated. They may think of themselves as a fake band but, as far as I'm concerned, Fozzy is the real thing.

Fozzy: Moongoose McQueen - legendary vocalizing and socializing; Duke LaRue - guitar heroics, backing vocals; KK LaFlame - Groove Master, backing vocals; The Kidd - guitar, Thunderfire; Claude "Watty" Watson - bass guitar wizardry. Special guest: Lord Edgar Bayden Powell - guitar axcalibur and chainmail. Keyboards by Scott Banks and Duke LaRue. 

For more information, check out http://www.fozzyrock.com

"Fozzy" (Megaforce; 2000)

Reviewed by Snidermann

 

The cover story here is that Fozzy, an American heavy metal band, is stuck in a no win contract with a ruthless Japanese record company. After writing some of the greatest heavy metal songs (which were taken by other bands who generated millions of dollars from the tunes) Fozzy finally broke their Japanese deal and have migrated back to the United States where - finally - their long-awaited CD is finally released.

Remember - that's the cover story.

The real story is that Fozzy is about as real a heavy metal band as Spinal Tap. Actually made up of pro-wrestler Chris Jericho and members of Stuck Mojo, Fozzy is a collection of heavy metal covers which are very well done and rock pretty much like the originals with Fozzy's unique style and flair. Some of the songs included herein are: "Stand Up and Shout" "Stay Hungry" "The Prisoner" "Over the Mountain," and many more. 

Amazingly, Jericho and company rock pretty well, although they never stray too far from the original material. Fozzy is no slouch when it comes to the musical aspect: Jericho's vocals are right there and the music is precise and thundering! 

The story in the liner notes might be made up, but the music is for real. As far as cover albums go, this one rocks hard! If Chris Jericho ever decides to quite professional wrestling, he has a bright future as a heavy metal vocalist!

Fozzy is: Duke La Rue - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals; Shawn "Sports" Pop - bass guitar; KK LaFlame -  drums; The Kidd - guitars and, last but not least, Mongoose McQueen (Jericho).

For more information, please visit http://www.fozzyrock.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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