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Fozzy is the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich 'The Duke' Ward! "Chasing the Grail" is Fozzy's 4th Studio album and the first for Riot Entertainment. Chris Jericho's profile is at an all time high, he is one of the most prominent wrestlers of all time and his star continues to rise. Wrestler, Singer, Actor, TV Host, Best Selling Author, # 1 Twitter Trend, you name it he has done it. Fozzy is an established Metal act with a strong and loyal following. On "Chasing the Grail" Fozzy blend old and new school Metal with sizzling musicianship!

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Fozzy's first serious album All That Remains is eventually going to be recognized as one of the metal masterpieces of the '00s. What utilitarian musical genius Rich Ward and killer vocalist Chris Jericho (in bands since 13; wrestling came later) hath wrought on that thing... well, having them back is cloud-busting. And what have we here? Fozzy have bravely moved forward, or laterally as it were, Chasing The Grail tossing like Chinese darts both positives and negatives o'er the 11/10 last, but intrigue, mainly. So yeah, Chasing The Grail is interestingly more melodic, and there's even a ballad or two, one of them, gorgeously southerny, the other creepy Depeche. It's also weirdly synthetic, in terms of studio trickery, which seems to be something applied to both vocals and the tornado percussive flood of hits to the body. But the beauty of this hugely crafted metal spread is the gaping maw of dynamics, which gives it a relentless epic-ness. Forget that there's an actual 13 minute epic on it, hell, much of it's a proggy blast at the face, from 'Under Blackened Skies' to 'Pray For Blood' and back again. And let's ponder that all of this actually doesn't add up to ballerina power metal. No, bloody Rich is to classic and doomy and rhythmic and all sorts of things (political, iron-pumping) that add to his raging musical genius. Chris nails it as well, when he says that this is a form of pounding metal with melodic vocals. And come to think of it, his love of Helloween, then - really, then - Priest or Maiden, man, it's massaged in like a fine stain on teak. Frankly, my first few spins of this accentuated the above negatives, but after a few headphone-immersed revisitations, there are some bold, mature, 'I Am, I'm Me' qualities to this album that are missing from the (well, I still think it's somehow heavier) All That Remains. So man, gotta go, but Fozzy should be... what? In this day and age, how big can you be? They should be in packages with Testament and Machine Head, basically, because of the high intellectual execution and taste and lyrics and vocals and the whole package of inspired metal-making all over this thing, melody bravely infused, critics of that be damned. --Martin Popoff - BW&BK
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riot! Entertainment
  • ASIN: B002ZMZBHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Thomas Briggs on February 14, 2010
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The ONLY reason I gave this album a shot was because of leading man Chris Jericho. I'm no longer a wrestling fan, but I used to love the faux-sport in the late 90's, and Jericho was a favorite. I continued to enjoy his presence on VH1, and being a metal fan, decided to give Chasing the Grail a listen. I have to admit, I had low expectations, and I'm happy to say that I was wrong.

Going in, I thought Chasing the Grail would be a throwback to 80s hair metal. For the most part, it isn't. Rather, the album combines a wealth of Metal genres. There's some hair metal in there, some thrash, some nu-metal, but mostly heavy metal. Each song, save Broken Soul, features a heavy, chugging riff that wants to bash your face in. This, along with Chris Jericho's solid vocals combine for a solid effort. It's good stuff.

The album begins with the smoldering Under Black Skies. The song is a perfect opening for the album, and leads nicely into Martyr No More, the album's first single. Martyr No More showcases Fozzy's ability to finely craft a chest-beating accessible metal anthem.

The next song, Grail, is my personal favorite. The song is way more intelligently structured than I could've expected, and it features some of the best vocals on the album. This is a mature metal song that deserves the same respect from fans as other highly regarded bands. Unfortunately, Grail leads right into maybe the most immature songs on the album - Broken Soul.

Broken Soul plays out a lot like an 80s era ballad. It's soft, relies way too much on simple guitar work, and features cheesy lyrics/vocals.
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I have been a fan of Fozzy since their inception. Like most, I was drawn to the band due to their front man, Mr. Chris Jericho. Since then, I can say 100% I am a fan of Fozzy because they are a truly talented band. Their latest release "Chasing The Grail" shows a continuing maturity in their writing, performing, and overall existence as a band. Without further ado, my track by track review of "Chasing The Grail."

1. Under Blackened Skies - At first listen, I was a little unsure about this song. Although impressed with the heavy guitar riffs, solo, and drum playing, I wasn't too crazy about how the vocal arraignment meshed with the song as a whole. However, the more I listened, the more I liked. Very heavy, and a solid way to begin an album! 5/5

2. Martyr No More - The first single off the album. A very well put together song, one that you can tell is ready for radio play. Save some semi-cliche lyrics; the delivery is perfect and the guitar work here is amazing! Again pretty heavy, solid stuff! 4.5/5

3. Grail - Again I wasn't 100% sold on this song. However again with a few more listens I was hooked. In many ways in could be viewed as a sort of inspirational song. I truly love the guitar work on this song and how it meshes so well into the hook. The vocal performance is delivered well. My only complaint is that it would seem they were looking for words to merely rhyme, sometimes with no reason. 4/5

4. Broken Soul - My one complaint with this song is the transition into it from the previous track. Somehow in the beginning it just seems out of place. Once you get past tat however, it is a very solid tune. The very first ballad to make a Fozzy album as well. Pretty deep if you think about it! 4.5/5

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It was long time since I had bought an album of any kind, but my dedication to Chris Jericho and Fozzy compelled me to snag this album up. Before listening to the album I look through the pamphlet with the band's logo. I was expecting the usual lyrics and photos, but there was a pleasant surprise from Chris and the boys. There was commentary on each song, brutally honest commentary, by Rich Ward and Chris Jericho. It gave me a little insight into each song and made me appreciate each one a little more. It showed me that Fozzy wasn't wasting the last few years doing nothing. They want the best out of themselves and that's what this album is representing. This album is amazing. It has addictive choruses and riffs that punch you right in the face. Does it flounder a little? Not really. This album is really a piece of work that deserves your attention. Each track on this album is easy to get into. I feel I got my moneys worth. If you are thinking about buying this album then buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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I had to make sure the title of the Album was placed in parenthesis to keep down confusion between the Metal Band All That Remains and the 3rd album by Fozzy.

1st off if people did not know that Chris Jericho was a wrestler, I think this album would have sold better than it did. When I first heard it I was a little shocked as the opening track reminded me more of Speed Metal than their usual content. In my opinion Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th) is by far the best / and hardest track on this album, although Under Blackened Skies is no slouch. If I did not know that Jericho was the singer I would think this was either an unreleased Ozzy Osbourne or BLS album. Not that the vocals sound like either one, but it has that type of vibe. Although the two songs earlier I mentioned could have been as easily released by early Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, or Anthrax.

My favorites from this album so far are: Under Blackened Skies, Martyr No More, Let The Madness Begin, and most definitely Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th). The last song listed is reason enough to either download, borrow, or purchase this album. There are other great tracks on here as well, but I think it mixes just a little too much christian (or satanic, if you take it that way) emphasis on the album. Maybe that is why I could not fully get into Wormwood. It was good but it just seemed to last forever. Than again I was never a fan of songs like Maiden's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner (so that may be the problem.)

Overall this is still a very good release. Much better than the first 3 albums. So put away your jealousy (or in some cases your embarrassment) that this album has a wrestler for a lead singer and give it a listen. There is a reason why this band has made 4 albums, and it is not because of Jericho's wrestling ability. If that was the case then Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and that girl on WWE who cannot sing would all have platinum recordings.
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