Much like everything that Fozzy have put their name to throughout their nearly fifteen year career, ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ is an incredibly trying record. Serving up all the faux macho posturing and rulebook aping cliches epitomized by Chris Jericho and his Atlanta crew, this sixth full-length effort is a transparent attempt at radio-friendly metallic playacting.
Even ignoring the nasal yelp of their legendary frontman or the oft times ridiculous lyrical hokum, it proves nigh on impossible to shake the impression that Fozzy are clawing for metal credibility and exposing what is a fatal shortfall of imagination and ultimately marking a band that still come across as a rather lacking vanity project.
The main riff for lead single, ‘Lights Go Out’, is a hulking highlight before an oddly dance/club flavour takes hold, and ‘Brides Of Fire’ takes a somewhat enjoyable stab at upbeat thrash venom (with even some metalcore bellowing thrown in for good measure), yet from the southern tinged (‘No Good Way’) through to the obligatory ballad (‘Died With You’), what we get for the most part is a box ticking exercise, seemingly content with spanning a breadth of genres without really doing anything with them.
‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ will no doubt go down a storm for those seeking a bare-bones, un-challenging stomp. Yet, for those a little more informed in the sterling quality and forward looking state of contemporary rock music, Fozzy represent a frustratingly beige strand which will undoubtedly overshadow more deserving acts.
Written by Tony Bliss