FOZZY – JUDAS
Release date: 13 October 2017
Label: Century Media
- Drinkin’ With Jesus
- Weight Of My World
- Wordsworth Way
- Burn Me Out
- Three Days in Jail
- Running with the Bulls
- Wolves at Bay
I would love to introduce this album with indulgent, fond reflections of Fozzy live in Australia and, perhaps subconsciously, I imagine them touring with Metallica down under, when the realisation slaps me like solo from The Duke. I have been listening, considering and subliminally pondering.…Is this Fozzy’s Black Album?
Now I don’t know that and time will tell but, for now….THIS IS HUGE. This is the album that will launch Fozzy into an unprecedented period of mass celebration and certainly the one that will inspire and drive the band…forever. Not to be wantonly frivolous with their previous works, but this is the benchmark recording that marks a supremely significant period for Fozzy, and the individual musicians.
It would appear to an outsider that the group have together amassed such a vastly supreme level of experience, skill and knowledge that they have managed to create the perfect tracks, perfectly sequenced, on the perfect collection and plotted its release for exactly the right time.
Make no mistake…this is more significant, with more potential than my words can accurately portray.
The title track Judas has already opened a thoroughfare for new fans to join the fold. It has brought about welcome to a new breed of supporter, and I believe that the band know exactly what they have created with the entire collection. The metaphorical road paved for their mass of new aficionados, could have been a simple highway based on this one song. Fortunately there is sufficient individual hits on this album to constitute a 20 lane interstate. And they are going to need such a path to welcome the masses who will jump aboard the Fozzy bus that is bound for said glory.
And while we are mouths agape in awe we must reflect that Judas is a track with no gilding of the lily, sans formal solos and embellishments. The title track created by Rich Ward and Johnny Anders is musically, lyrically and conceptually, nothing short of raw and inspired gold. A song that we can all identify with and attribute to people or events in our own lives, just as Chris Jericho surely does as evince by his emotive delivery.
Drinking With Jesus has also been released as a single and has proved to further fuel excitement among listeners both old and new. A superbly appealing and sensational track with magnificently malevolent guitar accompaniment throughout. Frank Fontsere is a furious and phenomenal drummer so the reverberation from final cymbal strike completes the track poetically, as though a gasp for air when all has been spent.
Wordsworth Way introduces in the style of an 80’s metal ballad before assuming a more somber, yet powerful direction, ebbing and flowing to and fro both musically and lyrically. A perfectly fitted solo breaches the homogenisation brilliantly and add that extra punch to craft a sure fan favorite.
How the hell Fozzy decided on a first single is beyond my comprehension, because there are so many clear choices for consideration.
Three Days In Jail struts into your life with all the front on a seasoned inmate on first day back for the big bitch and the phat rap accompaniment give both a superb style and all the street cred required for survival. Sensationally entwined styles, straight from the urban sprawl of wherever you find grimiest, grungiest and worthy of such a sensational track.
Elevator takes the excitement to a whole new level with its hooks a plenty and attitude of ‘like it or not you’re coming with me’. The multi-tiered marvel literally has something for everyone and carries you along, helpless to resist. When you listen closely, there are just so many elements that are appealing, but merged together they form a finely crafted and appealing song. This is true of the entire collection. Diverse, powerful, unprecedented and with unlimited appeal.
This collection is so appealing that if we had a pre-release sample of Running With the Bulls and Capsized together, the cries of ecstatic anticipation would be as loud and clear as is the case with the current singles. Perhaps even more, because the two together are a clear illustration of how Fozzy have managed to rally their might, enhance their strengths, and develop their music into a new, powerful and unbelievably exciting entity. The future literally in their hands and the skies, no longer the limit. This album will launch Fozzy and fans alike, beyond the stratosphere.
It is very rare that an album creates such excitement within that I cannot contain my enthusiasm. I literally cannot wait for the world to hear this powerful, soaring behemoth of raw musical appeal.