Fozzy - Sin and Bones (Century Media)

Chris Jericho and friends take the next step on the road to metal glory...
Release Date: 
13 Aug 2012 (All day)

 

On the evidence of the first two tracks on this, Fozzy’s fifth album, the band appears to be turning into the Roxette of heavy metal... I arrive at this conclusion because I seem to remember those Swedish pop scoundrels using the phrase ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus’ during the zenith of their chart-bothering greatness, and it’s a maxim Chris Jericho and co. seem to have embraced wildly on this new record, as opening track Spider in my Mouth and first single Sandpaper both fall over themselves to get to their radio-conquering refrains almost before you’ve had a chance to settle into the songs. 

This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, as both songs bear sparkling choruses, the second being augmented by the trademark nasality of Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows to surprisingly splendid effect. Both songs are ear worms of the highest order.  

So your opening thoughts will be ‘this isn’t as heavy as Chasing the Grail’, and you’d be right. On the band’s last album you heard guitarist Rich Ward favouring a sludgy, harmonic-heavy sound redolent of Zakk Wylde at his Ozzy-inspired plank spanking best; On SaB that sound, though still present in places is, um, sandpapered smooth to maximise it’s effectiveness for a bigger market, which is obviously the reason for moving to a label like Century Media in the first place. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – it’s just you’ll find yourself missing the sheer heaviness you know this band is capable of from time to time during the album’s duration. The title track joins the first brace of songs in the ‘great stuff’ category, whilst epic closer Storm the Beaches, which details one young GI’s experience of the Omaha Beach landings of 1944 almost succeeds in pulling off it’s grandly ambitious design; But these songs are undermined by inconsequential fluff like She’s my Addiction and the nagging fact that things have been a little bit watered down to maximise sales potential.

That said, there’s a lot to like here, and Jericho himself progresses as a vocalist with each release. Hopefully Sin and Bones will shift enough units to allow the band to be more their own men next time out.