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Fozzy, the band consisting of the former Stuck Mojo band leader Rich Ward and the WWE star Chris Jericho among few others, has finished its third album 'All That Remains'. On previous albums, Fozzy only performed covers of well-known songs (from bands like Judas Priest, Scorpions, DIO, Ozzy Osbourne, Twisted Sister and the like). However, this Fozzy album (All That Remains) features original material (and it actually doesn't contain any covers at all). People probably have suspicions about Fozzy not being able to write songs of their own. With All That Remains Fozzy strives to get rid of their old "cover band" image.
The music is a blend of basic US metal and hard rock. Although the music isn't very original and innovative, I still was quite favourably surprised with 'All That Remains'. Especially "The Huge Rock Star" Chris Jericho surprised me with his diversity. For example, occasionally he managed to sound like Ozzy Osbourne (due to use of effects). Some songs had really catchy riffs and nice melodies, but on the other hand all of the songs couldn't "deliver the goods" (so the quality of songs varies...)
All That Remains was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Charlie Mars, Ingram Hill), who managed to handle the job moderately. The sounds are quite tight, but some parts are over-compressed (thus breaking the otherwise quite solid sound). Also cymbals could have been mixed better (they lacked some definition and had occasionally a "broken" sound).
Fozzy's 'All That Remains' gets better with ensuing listens, as the material doesn't get repetitive. The guest performances by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and Bone Crusher diversified the sound quite nicely. All in all, All That Remains stays above the average metal album. It's quite ambiguous album — it isn't too original, but on the other hand it's quite diverse in some ways (it's also quite well-performed).
Release date: 17.01.2005
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- MAGE (03.01.2005)
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