Album Review
Fozzy - Chasing the GrailFozzy - Chasing the Grail

Fozzy formed back in 1999 and have since produced 4 albums but now, they bring us this offering Chasing the Grail. Fozzy are not unknown for their heavy sound but I was not expecting this one bit. Yes they stray away from the 'purest' elements of heavy metal sometimes but at the same time retain enough to make it work.

The opening track Under Blackened Skies is a promising opener. Heavy, hard hitting and yet wonderfully rhythmic. Although I'm not sure if it's just because I've been listening to a lot of albums that have intros or whether this is actually a valid thing to say but I found the opening of the track and therefore the album a total shock. A good shock, but a shock nevertheless.

The first single, Martyr No More, is incredibly catchy. The beat is easy to pick up and is on the whole a perfect choice as a first single as it's heavy beat and catchy chorus will catch the attention of anyone who isn't already a Fozzy fan.

Grail, although it isn't my favourite song on the album is well worth a mention. It's structured on a level that I probably would never have expected from Jericho and the boys. Even the vocals feel more raw and the drums pound in your face, and I know this sounds strange, in a way that you could call polite. They're there but they don't dominate the song as they do in some of the other songs.

I almost didn't mention the next song Broken Soul. It's not what I would personally want on this album. It's a damn good song....if you like Nickelback. Okay, maybe that was harsh but it doesn't fit with the feel of the rest of the album. It feels too manufactured, as if it was written to be popular – not written for the album.

The next song worth commenting on is God Pounds his Nails. It's opener is damn catchy and I found (and still find) myself bopping my head along to it. Thankfully the head bopping remained for the whole of the song and once i'd heard it a couple of times I was singing along to it too. I can't wait to see this song live and if you buy this album, which you should, I know you won't be able to wait either.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday the 13th) is another little sunrise on this album. The drums are almost touching on the pounding of black or death metal whilst the rest remains crucially heavy metal. Creating a sound heavier than I would expect but I like it. It's good stuff. For those who haven't guessed Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.

Now, before reviewing this I had heard tales of an almost 14 minute long, Rob Zombie style opened, progressive song at the end of this album. Oh my god. There it is. Wormwood. In my opinion, if you're going to listen to one sing listen to this. It is absolutely beautifully crafted, well styled and showcases what Fozzy can really do when they set their minds to it. It's far more complex than anything else on Chasing the Grail and it comes without sacrificing the sound of the album, it fits in perfectly with other more mainstream songs like Martyr No More or God Pounds his Nails. Jericho's voice is more or less untouched, the raw sound really adds texture to this song and the way he varies it's sound between pure singing and gruff grunting really keeps the attention which is vital when the song is almost a quarter of an hour long!

Overall the album is really an opus of what Fozzy can do....and in the case of Broken Soul what they shouldn't. They can do it, don't get me wrong it's If you like Fozzy you'll love this, if you don't know who they are you should buy it. If you hate them listen to Wormwood it might just change your mind.


Review by Lauren Dauny
 Band Members
Fozzy - Band
Chris Jericho
Rich Ward
Frank Fontsere
Sean B. Delson
Mike Martin
 Track Listing
1. Under Blackened Skies
2. Martyr No More
3. Grail
4. Broken Soul
5. Let The Madness Begin
6. Pray For Blood
7. New Days Dawn
8. God Pounds His Nails
9. Watch Me Shine
10. Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday the 13th)
11. Revival
12. Wormwood
 Band Related Links
Fozzy Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?