All That Remains
2/18/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Fozzy - All That Remains 2005 Ash Records --EC
I've always enjoyed the writing style of Rich Ward. Folks can complain about his hip-hop tendencies or the lack of true metal passion, but Ward is about classic rock and traditional metal, the bands like Boston, Aerosmith, and Bad Company. I think "All That Remains" displays that side of him better than all of his previous work. With this incredible new fixture Fozzy move into their own real world, a reality that focuses on driving songs that display emotion and character, cuts that really sway with mood and attention to detail. This is just a fantastic melodic dose of hard classic rock with a mix of modern overtones to keep it refreshing and new.
With the past two records lead singer and WWE professional wrestler Chris Jericho has struggled somewhat. He has never really proven he has a strong voice. With years of live playing and recording under his belt I think time has really had a positive effect. Jericho really kicks it up a notch, delivering his best work to date and one that will hopefully put him on the metal map and increase his chances of becoming...trendy.
With that being said, let's look at some individual songs starting with my favorite of the group, "Enemy". This track has been chosen as the album's single and it is really a good radio cut. The song is mid-paced with a huge chorus that builds with melody and hooks. The band take advantage of today's modern rock sounds from the likes of Alter Bridge and 3 Doors Down, but the song isn't bogged down with a lack of power. This is a super charged rock frenzy sure to please modern commercial and classic rock fans. The same can be said for "The Way I Am" and "All That Remains" with the latter sounding a bit like Zak/Ozzy glory days. Speaking of Zak Wylde, he stops by for a guest lead on "Wanderlust", a Krokus styled number that really moves and swings with a bit of a blues vibe. Other guests include Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Mark Tremont (Alter Bridge), and rapper Bonecrusher. Old fans of Ward will find the Sick Speed classic "The Test" on here, a little reworked to fit Jericho's range. Other choice cuts include the hip-hop signature "It's A Lie" and the aggressive number "Born Of Anger".
2/17/2005 - Review by: Psycho Sarah
Fozzy - All That Remains 2005 Ash Records --Sarah
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