Judas - Fozzy
Genre: Heavy Rock
Label: Century Media
Review by Steve Jenkins
All the way back in 1999, Chris Jericho and his buddy Rich Ward started a cover band called Fozzy Osbourne, what was mostly a side project of Jericho whilst he was one of the biggest names in wrestling at the time, and still to this day. They would soon drop the Osbourne and just be known as Fozzy, and the rest it history. They began writing original material and even signed to a major label, Century Media, which catapulted the band into success as they continued to grow into one of the hottest hard rock acts around. Now in 2017, Fozzy give you the gift of Judas, put it on maaaaaaan.
Jericho has always been the face of Fozzy, and a lot of people may have just viewed the band as a joke or a bit of fun, there's definitely no denying the fact that Fozzy are extremely talented. Their songs aren't super complex, but there's something seriously wrong with you if you don't find them catchy as hell, with every track on this new album being a potential single. The first track that they released "Judas" has had almost 10 million views on YouTube and still going strong, so that says something about how much buzz there is around this release. First time listeners of Fozzy should start off with the track "Painless" as it's one of their more accessible songs and it's really easy to get into. There's also so many different elements on Judas, which means there's something for everyone, whether you like heavy rock, metal, prog-rock, electronic and even hip-hop, you name it, it's on here.
If there was one downfall on Judas, it would be that some of the songs in the middle kind of lag a little, they're not boring by any means, but they just don't compare to the energetic and polarising openers and closers. "Three Days In Jail" is the most diverse track Fozzy have ever made, featuring both rap and hardcore style vocals along with Jericho's impressive melodic 80's style power vocals. "Wolves At Bay" offers up one of the most heavy tracks on the album with a kick-ass screaming guitar solo and punching riffs that will make you bang that head of yours for the whole 3 minutes.
Fozzy is now a full time thing for Jericho and his uber talented band mates, they've steadily maintained regular releases despite his other commitments and projects outside of music. Over the last 15 years they've really worked hard on their craft and created something special, always improving and always impressing the doubters. Judas continues that tradition and it very well may be their most crowning achievement to date, as it's certainly their most well produced, loudest, most rocking effort yet. Fozzy are here to stay whether you like it or not, so shut the hell up or you might make the list!
8 out of 10.
Check out the video for "Judas" below: