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Fozzy-Sin and Bones

To paraphrase the influential Schoolhouse Rocks!, congratulations Fozzy now your a band. Up until the release of their new CD Sin and Bones, the band has had a novelty glow about them. I guess when your best known member is a pro wrestler that can happen.

However, Chis Jericho’s notoriety should no longer act as a hindrance as he and the band have made a very good hard rock/metal album. I mentioned both genres because Sin and Bones does have some variety. To use an example that satellite radio users will understand, Sin and Bones goes from Octane to Hair Nation to Liquid Metal.

It is a very modern metal sounding with “Spider In My Mouth”, “Sin and Bones” and “Sandpaper”. The later features some guest vocals from M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. While “Sandpaper” may be the first single I like “Spider In My Mouth” a lot more. It has a more fun element to it that evokes some of the glam hard rock the band obviously likes. “She’s My Addiction” seems like and ode to the glory days of the Sunset Strip in music and lyrics. Topped off with a big gang vocal chorus.

Sin and Bones is rounded out with some surprisingly heavy offerings. “Blood Happens” is a big time metal track with the fitting “cookie monster” vocals that while shocking in that they were used but they sounded great and fit in well. The album finishes off with “Storm The Beaches” a ten-minute homage to Iron Maiden and all of their story telling epics.

This enjoyment of this album was quite surprising. Even though I am card carrying Jericho-holic, his music career has been “eh” for me. Sadly it was because of his voice, I never thought it was good enough. Cannot say that anymore as he has found his own voice. Pun somewhat intended. It is undeniably similar to Sebastian Bach at times but Jericho makes it his own with some raspy-ness and some deep registers. I think between his extended vacations from WWE and Rich Ward’s other band Stuck Mojo in hibernation, the two were able to give Fozzy some proper attention.

It is safe to say that Sin and Bones is a statement album in that it lets the music world know that while Fozzy may have started out as a fun side project it is now a legitimate metal band.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

 

 

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Adrenaline Mob-Omerta

Remember when David Carusso left his role on NYPD, one of the biggest shows on TV, to star in movies? He made Kiss Of Death, with a stellar cast that included Samuel Jackson, Helen Hunt, Nic Cage, and Michael Rappoport. The movie tanked and he became a punchline. After listening to Omerta, Adrenaline Mob is Mike Portnoy’s Kiss Of Death. Mike was best known for being a founding member and drummer of Dream Theater. He was fired from his own group and Adrenaline Mob is his first new offering. Formed along with such well known musician as vocalist Russell Allen from Symphony X and Rich Ward of Stuck Mojo.

 

What is surprising about Omerta is how pedestrian it is. I don’t think anyone expected this band to rival his previous one but I think we all expected that they be competent. What you get here is a well produced local band. Omerta opens with “Undaunted” a song that sounds like it was a C-side from Godsmack. Actually a Godsmack tribute band.

 

Please God do not let there be a Godsmack tribute band.

 

All the songs that follow use the same pseudo-tough guy lyric accompanied by bad hard rock. Russell Allen seems way out of his element here. His style may work with his other bands progressive material but here it just doesn’t jibe. Listening to “Feelin’ Me” is almost a comical experience. The juvenile lyrics with its over use of the F word are chuckle worthy. Only thing worse are the power ballads on here.

 

The “topper” is the cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone”. While the song does get a nice makeover the decision to have Lizzy Hale of Halestorm sing backgrounds are shocking.

 

Shockingly bad.

 

All of the early press for this band referred to them as a supergroup. A group they are, super they are not. Maybe if Mike will concentrate on just one project at a time instead of the 30 he is doing right now, the next release will be better. I just don’t know if there will be an audience that wants to find out.

 

 

 

 

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