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Fozzy - 'Remains Alive' / 'Chasing The Grail' Hot

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Now you have the chance to get both albums for the price of one.

Five years after the release of their first all original album 'All That Remains', Fozzy, led by WWE star Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo maestro Rich Ward, released 'Chasing The Grail' - the album did exactly what a follow up should - it expanded and improved on it's predecessor. It impressed a lot of people upon it's release and now Fozzy have reissued it with the help of Edel. To further improve the listening experience, a second disk 'Remains Alive' has been included - a superb live album recorded in Australia on the 'All That Remains' tour.

'Chasing The Grail' is an impressive modern metal album showcasing Jericho as a talented vocalist (who live is a great frontman with bags of energy and charisma) and Rich Ward as a power chord wielding riff machine. Opener 'Under Blackened Skies' is absolutely thunderous, the heaviest thing the band have recorded to date. This is followed by the superb 'Martyr No More' which is very much like something that would have been found on 'All That Remains' and has a classic Fozzy sound.

There's a lot of other highlights on this record - indeed there was nothing on here I didn't like, but I'd be mad not to mentioned 'Broken Soul'. Referred to as the first ballad Fozzy have ever written, it's not a lighters out acoustic driven ballad, but it is a brilliant, piano infused modern rock ballad. It has enough rock and metal characteristics not to make the headbanging Fozzy contingent vomit, but adds a new string to the Fozzy bow.'God Pounds His Nails' is a storming rocker that is also very impressive, much like 'Let The Madness Begin', and the album finishes with the epic 'Wormwood', which clocks in at fourteen minutes. Considering it's Fozzy's first effort at an epic track like that, they've made a great job of it, and it doesn't feel anything like fourteen minutes long, which suggests to me it must be good.

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If an album of such quality wasn't enough, the 'Remains Alive' shows Fozzy off on stage, somewhere they excel. The songs from 'All That Remains' sound great live, especially opener 'Nameless Faceless' and the popular 'Enemy'. Jericho whips the already enthusiastic crowd into a frenzy and the amusing between song banter really helps to recreate the energy and fun of a Fozzy show. There's also a chance to hear what is probably the definitive version of 'Don't You Wish You Were Me', a Fozzy track that only ever appeared on a WWE Music CD - it never made it to a Fozzy record and the band were unhappy with the production of the WWE version, with Jericho remarking "it sounded like it was done inside the ring bell". This rendition has all of Fozzy's trademark power restored.

Fozzy's original gimmick as a cover band was all but put to bed by this point, with only two covers making the set. One is 'Eat The Rich' by Krokus, a song Fozzy have pretty much made their own (and is now the only cover they play in their current set). The other is a great rendition of Judas Preist's 'Freewheel Burning' which Fozzy covered on their 'Happenstance' album. The band do a great job and Jericho proves he's no slouch as a vocalist here.

The show is frantic and fun and as good an example of what Fozzy are capable of as you will find. The studio album 'Chasing The Grail' is superb. Now you have the chance to get both for the price of one. Sounds like a no brainer to me - spread the Fozzpel!

James Gaden

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