Y2J, The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla, The Man of 1004 Holds, and The Best in the World are some of the wrestling nicknames that the mainman of Fozzy, Chris Jericho has dubbed himself over the years. The Best In The World being the one I dislike, mostly because, you know, CM Punk is the best in the world! But we aren’t going to divulge into the world of WWE. We are here to discuss the new Fozzy album “Sin and Bones”. I’ve never been a huge fan of Fozzy so when I saw the email for the promo pop up in my email I gave it a few days before I decided to give it a shot. I read somewhere that Jericho said he wanted it to be the bands Black Album that launches them to the next level. I don’t see that happening. Fozzy isn’t going to be the band that will change the face of metal for years to come. Not saying they are bad or the album is bad, it just is not that.
From the opening track, “Spider in My Mouth” to the closer “Storm The Beaches” the album is fast paced, hard, heavy, and everything in between. Breaking into melodic ballads like “Inside My Head” and “A Passed Life” and combing the heavy and melodic in “Dark Passenger.” Again, the band is not rewriting the book on hard rock and heavy metal here but their is enough for everybody to enjoy. What I really liked was how much fun it seemed like the band was having. From start to finish, every note, every word, everything about the album seemed like a good time to the band. That is what makes an album stand out more than anything else for me. When you can hear the members having a great time with each other and it shines through the music.
Chris Jericho on vocals? Never really been a fan. Although I must admit I enjoyed his performance on Sin and Bones; more so than any Fozzy album in the past. What is most impressive from Jericho is his lyrical ability. On “Storm the Beaches” he has crafted a terrific story about a young man in World War II. The music carries that song as well. You have Jericho singing about wartime and bombs going off over fast paced, heart pounding music then you have this fantastic interlude where the song slows down. It’s like watching a war movie and the entire movie just stops and you see in slow motion the hero saving somebodies life and then the pace returning. Fantastic song crafting. “Sandpaper” is my stand out track for this album. With the addition of M. Shadows singing with Jericho it adds a nice sense of depth. Not to mention his voice fits perfectly with the music the band has made.
“Sin and Bones” is a highly listenable album from start to finish. I can’t even recall how many times I listened to it before I wrote this. It is addictive, fun, rocking, heavy, and melodic wrapped all in one nice hard rock and heavy metal package. It isn’t bringing anything new to the table but it doesn’t need to. Why mess up a perfect recipe for success with some new garbage that you don’t need? Fozzy has made a believer out of me for years to come.