Chris Jericho: The WWE Superstar's Band Fozzy and Their 7 Best Songs
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Chris Jericho has a post-WWE career lined up as a rock star. A band that started out as some friends having fun and playing covers has become an increasingly popular hard rock/metal group.
Fozzy has released four studio albums so far with a fifth, Sin and Bones, on the way in August.
Jericho and Co. have come a long a way. The frontman/former world champion used to sing under the name "Moongoose McQueen."
Jericho shed that moniker and the group ditched its fake back-story. The fictitious bio was that of a traveling band in Japan that came back to America to find that everyone had stolen their songs
Fozzy has since compiled a number of head-bang-worthy hits.
"The devil's on my back."
The lead single from the All That Remains album is a high-energy, well-produced song.
"Enemy" features a rumbling bass line and some excellent, hard-hitting drum work by Frank Fontsere.
Though this is one of the catchiest of Fozzy's singles, Chris Jericho's vocals during the verses are not as potent as they are in other songs. It isn't until the harmonized, big-sounding chorus that he seems to fully harness his vocal power.
The video is an intriguing mix of sexy and creepy.
6. God Pounds His Nails
"Like a thunderbolt from Heaven, swinging that hammer, you know that God He pounds his nails."
Ozzy Osbourne's influence on Chris Jericho is obvious in "God Pounds His Nails." Jericho channels his idol Ozzy to help deliver one of his best vocal performances.
Set to a hammering guitar riff, Jericho's vocals pulse powerfully.
The anthem-like chorus is easy to head-bang to.
Like many of the songs on the Chasing the Grail album, "God Pounds His Nails" shows off the band's growth both lyrically and musically.
5. Martyr No More
"I can orchestrate a dream, I can burn the witch, I can choose not to decide, I can ride the sky."
"Martyr No More" was the first single from the Chasing the Grail album and was featured as the official theme song for the 2010 Royal Rumble.
Rich Ward's aggressive, galloping guitar work is the highlight of the song. The verses have a robust, thunderous sound.
The chorus isn't quite as good, the rhythm losing steam.
Still, the punch of the verses, both vocally and musically, make this a rocking song.
4. With the Fire
"I hear the roar of the crowd as I reach for my crown, tonight I am the king."
The 2002 album Happenstance features covers of songs from Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. "With the Fire" stands out from all of those.
It's an energized song with a beautifully bizarre video.
Rich Ward's guitar shreds playfully. It hits hard, dancing violently.
With a demonic touch to his vocals, Chris Jericho is clearly having fun here.
3. Let the Madness Begin
"Locked in a prison he built over time, made of bitterness, hate, and his lies."
The second single from Chasing the Grail is among Fozzy's finest work ever.
A grooving, rocking rhythm is the heart of the song. It has a very classic metal sound from the guitar solo to the chunky guitar riffs throughout.
In an interview on ultimateguitar.com, guitarist Rich Ward says the song is the "perfect balance between hard rock melodic vocals and a big metal riff."
It's hard to disagree with him. "Let the Madness Begin" is a sign of the band's evolution—a well-constructed song with top-notch performances from all of the band members.
2. Eat the Rich
"Beggin' nickels, beggin' dimes, just to get my bottle of wine."
Fozzy's first album was a self-titled joyride through a bevy of metal covers. "Eat the Rich" is a Krokus song from the 1983 Headhunter album.
It's a fun song that Fozzy improved upon. The original hair metal version is bolstered by Fozzy's bigger, louder guitars and Chris Jericho's vibrant vocals.
Fozzy would later mature and come into their own, but their rendition of "Eat the Rich" showed the world early on how fun and rocking they could be.
1. To Kill a Stranger
“I’m drowning in the shadows that creep in my mind.”
The first single from Happenstance is Fozzy's best song to date because of some superb guitar work, Chris Jericho's best vocal performance and a full-sounding chorus.
The song begins with a frenzied intro, wild guitars cawing as the drums pound in the background. Once the verses hit, Rich Ward delivers a gritty guitar riff.
There is a clear Iron Maiden influence with "To Kill A Stranger." At moments, Jericho even sounds like Bruce Dickinson.
His vocals are crisp and inspired here.