Fates Warning, Metal Blade Reunite

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Fates Warning and Metal Blade Records have reunited.

The veteran progressive rock band announced this week that it signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records.  Most recently, the band was signed with InsideOut Music, which released the band’s most recent recordings, Theories of Flight (2016) and Live Over Europe (2018).

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in a recent interview.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Fates Warning was signed with Metal Blade Records from its inception, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

 

 

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Fates Warning is scheduled to join Queensryche on the road starting March 2 as a support act for Queensryche as it tours in support of its new album The Verdict.  That album is currently scheduled for release March 1 via Century Media Records.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Fates Warning tour dates
w/ Queensryche

Mar. 2 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 3 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 4 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Mar. 5 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ The Cringe
Mar. 8 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
Mar. 9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ The Cringe
Mar. 10 – Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Cringe
Mar. 12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 13 – Diesel – Detroit, MI
Mar. 14 – Concord – Chicago, IL
Mar. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 16 – Medina Entertainment Center – Medina, MN
Mar. 17 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE *
Mar. 19 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *
Mar. 20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 22 – Aztec – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 23 – El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 24 – House of Bards – Tucson, AZ * w/ Push, DIRTNAP, Tribulance, Fire By Rank
Mar. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 27 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
Mar. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 29 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr. 1 – The Dip – Redding, CA *
Apr. 2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr. 3 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
*=Fates Warning only

Once Fates Warning wraps its tour, it will start work on its 13th full-length studio recording, which will be released in 2020 via Metal Blade Records.  More information on that album is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Like A Storm Debuts ‘Complicated (Stitches & Scars)’ Video

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Like A Storm debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its song ‘Complicated (Stitches & Scars)‘ on Friday.  The video presents the band performing its new single in a sound stage setting, and crosses that footage with shots of masked, leather-clad contortionists performing a routine along to the music.

The video was captured by Ron Thunderwood and edited by Sam Shapiro.  The song is taken from Like A Storm’s 2018 self-produced album Catacombs.  The song is available online now via Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

The video for ‘Complicated (Stitches & Scars)’ follows the debut of the band’s video for Catacombs‘ lead single ‘Pure Evil,’ which debuted in November.

Like A Storm is currently touring in support of Catacombs.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Sirius XM Octane Headline Dates:
February 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
February 4 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
February 8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
February 9 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
February 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
February 12 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
February 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
February 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
February 17 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
February 18 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
February 20 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
February 21 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
February 22 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/likeastorm

 

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Fates Warning Officially Announces Tour With Queensryche

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Fates Warning announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The veteran progressive metal band officially announced Thursday, that it is joining Queensryche for the band’s tour in support of its forthcoming album The Verdict, which is currently scheduled for release on March 1 via Century Media.

Queensryche recently made the announcement of the tour along with announcements of its new videos, which feature music from The Verdict.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch March 2 in Orlando, FL. and run through April 3 in Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule, which features performances in cities, such as Dallas, TX; Baltimore, MD and Detroit, MI, is noted below.

FATES WARNING – Live 2019:
Sa March 2nd – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live – w/ Queensryche
Su March 3rd – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room – w/ Queensryche
Mo March 4th – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s *
Tu March 5th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – w/ Queensryche
Th March 7th – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage – w/ Queensryche
Fr March 8th – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater *
Sa March 9th – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – w/ Queensryche
Su March 10th – Worcester, MA – Palladium – w/ Queensryche
Tu March 12th – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts – w/ Queensryche
We March 13th – Detroit, MI – Diesel – w/ Queensryche
Th March 14th – Chicago, IL – Concord – w/ Queensryche
Fr March 15th – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – w/ Queensryche
Sa March 16th – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center – w/ Queensryche
Su March 17th – Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove *
Tu March 19th – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine *
We March 20th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – w/ Queensryche
Th March 21st – Houston, TX – House of Blues – w/ Queensryche
Fr March 22nd – San Antonio, TX – Aztec – w/ Queensryche
Sa March 23rd – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey – w/ Queensryche
Su March 24th – Tucson, AZ – House Of Bards *
Tu March 26th – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee – w/ Queensryche
We March 27th – San Diego, CA – Observatory – w/ Queensryche
Th March 28th – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda – w/ Queensryche
Fr March 29th – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s – w/ Queensryche
Sa March 30th – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades – w/ Queensryche
Mo April 1st – Redding, CA – The Dip *
Tu April 2nd – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom – w/ Queensryche
We April 3rd – Seattle, WA – Neptune – w/ Queensryche
* FATES WARNING headline show

The Cringe will also serve as support during the tour.

Fates Warning’s tour with Queensryche is in support of its latest live recording Live Over Europe, which was released June 29, 2018 via InsideOut Music.  According to Fates Warning front man Ray Alder, the tour is also in support of the band’s most recent full-length studio recording Theories of Flight, which was released July 1, 2016 via InsideOut Music.

Live performances of the songs ‘Firefly,’ ‘The Light and Shade of Things, ‘Life in Still Water‘ and ‘Point of View‘ were released leading up to the release of Live Over Europe.  Live Over Europe can be ordered digitally and physically now.

More information on Fates Warning’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Queensryche Debuts ‘Dark Reverie’ Lyric Video

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Queensryche released the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘Dark Reverie‘ on Monday.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Queensryche throughout its life.  Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren explained the song’s lyrical theme is very introspective.

“‘Dark Reverie’ is a guitar-driven progressive ballad addressing self-reflection during times of tragedy and the questions we ask ourselves while grieving,” Lundgren said.

‘Dark Reverie’ is the latest single from Queensryche’s forthcoming album The Verdict, which is currently set for release March 1 via Century Media.  Pre-orders for The Verdict are open now.  The album’s lead single, ‘Man The Machine‘ premiered Nov. 16.

Queensryche will tour in support of The Verdict starting March 2 in Orlando, FL.  The monthlong tour is scheduled to run through March 3 in Seattle, WA, and feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Cincinnati, OH; Uncasville, CT and Tempe, AZ.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

 

Courtesy: Century Media Records

QUEENSRYCHE HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only

More information on Queensryche’s new single, tour, album and more is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Pre-orders Open For Buckcherry’s New LP

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Pre-orders for Buckcherry’s new album are officially open.

Pre-orders officially opened Friday for the band’s forthcoming 12-song album Warpaint, which will be available on a variety of platforms, including but not limited to CD and vinyl.

Anyone who pre-orders the album now will receive an instant-grat download of the album’s lead single, ‘Bent.’ It can also be purchased online via iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon Music.  It is streaming online now via Spotify.

Another song featured in Warpaint is the band’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ hit single ‘Head Like A Hole.’  The video is streaming online now here.

Warpaint was produced by Mike Plotnikoff (Aerosmith, Skillet, Creed), who has previously worked with Buckcherry, including the band’s platinum-certified album 15.  That album produced the hit singles ‘Crazy Bitch’ and ‘Sorry.’

Buckcherry will launch its new tour in support of Warpaint Jan. 16 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tour is currently scheduled to run through May 5 in Montclair, CA.

Joyous Wolf will serve as support on the tour starting March 6, The band will tour on the strength of its latest single, ‘Mississippi Queen,’ which is featured in the band’s as-yet untitled Roadrunner Records debut album

The tour’s schedule, which is listed below, includes dates in North America and Europe. Tickets can be purchased here.

CALIFORNIA TOUR DATES:
Jan 16 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House Concert Hall
Jan 17 – Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
Jan 18 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon
Jan 19 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
Feb 5 – Manchester, UK @ O2 The Ritz
Feb 6 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Feb 8 – Kingston Upton Hull, UK @ Asylum
Feb 10 – West Midlands, UK @ West Mid
Feb 12 – Tyne And Wear, UK @ O2 Academy Newcastle
Feb 13 – Glasgow, UK @ Galvanizers
Feb 15 – Nottinghamshire, UK @ Rock City
Feb 16 – Oxfordshire, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
Feb 17 – Norwich, UK @ The LCR
Feb 19 – Bo, Germany @ Zeche Bochum
Feb 20 – Berlin, Germany @ Markthalle Berlin
Feb 22 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Feb 23 – Ceriva, Italy @ Rock Planet
Feb 24 – Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage Saarbucken
WARPAINT TOUR DATES:
Mar 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 8 – Vancouver BC @ Hard Rock Casino
Mar 10 – Edmonton ALB @ Century Casino
Mar 11 – Calgary ALB @ Palace Theatre
Mar 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar 15 – La Crosse, WI @ Brickhouse
Mar 16 – Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 17 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
Mar 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar 20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodies
Mar 22 – Palatine, IL @ Dirty Nellies
Mar 23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
Mar 26 – Foxboro, MA @ Toby Keith’s
Mar 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
Mar 29 – New York, NY@ Irving Plaza
Mar 30 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
Mar 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 2 – Newport News, VA @ Boathouse
April 4 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Arizona Bike Week – Westworld of Scottsdale
April 7 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
April 11 – Greenville, SC @ Firmament
April 12 – Knoxville, TN @ Cotton Eyed Joe
April 13 – Tampa, FL @ Fergs Live
April 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Surfer Bar
April 16 – Pensacola. FL @ Vinyl
April 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 19 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage
April 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 22 – St. Louis, IL @ Pops
April 23 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex
April 24 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
April 28 – Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 30 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Studio
May 1 – Denver, CO @ Harry’s Hideaway
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal Bar
May 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 5 – Montclair, CA @ Canyon Club

More information on Warpaint is available online now along with all of Buckcherry’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://buckcherry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/buckcherry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/buckcherry

 

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Queensryche Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

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Queensryche is giving audiences their first preview of its new album.

The band debuted the lead single, ‘Man The Machine‘ from its forthcoming album The Verdict on Friday.  The Verdict is scheduled to be released March 1 via Century Media, and will come a little more than three years after the release of the band’s most recent album, 2015’s Condition Human.

Front man Todd La Torre said in a recent interview that more is on the way from Queensryche as The Verdict‘s release date nears.

“We are excited to release the first full song ‘Man The Machine’ from our upcoming albumThe Verdict,” La Torre said.  “This is just a small taste of what is to come, and we look forward to unveiling more tracks and videos as we approach the official album release date of March 1, 2019 via Century Media.  For exclusive footage, sneak peek audio teasers, exclusive merchandise and album pre-order packages, we invite you to join our official Pledge Music campaign here!”

Pre-orders for The Verdict are open now. The Verdict will be available on a variety of platforms, which are listed below.

The Verdict was produced, mixed and mastered by ZEUSS (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed).  at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA; Planet Z in Wilbraham, MA and watershed Studios in Seattle, WA.

The following formats will be available for The Verdict:
CD Digipack (US)
CD Jewelcase (EU)
Ltd. 2CD Box Set (EU)
Exclusive T-Shirt Bundle available at the Century Media store here:
The following vinyl colors will be available:
500x Red Smoke LP (Available in stores and online in the US)
Limited (TBD) Clear Smoke LP (Band Exclusive Available at Pledge Music)
500x Bloodshot LP (Exclusively Available at FYE)
The following will be available on the Century Media European store HERE:
Black LP+CD & Poster
100x clear LP+CD & Poster
200x transp. red LP+CD & Poster
200x transparent petrol green LP+CD & Poster are available alongside album bundles HERE

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Along with the announcement of its upcoming album release, Queensryche has also announced it will tour in support of The Verdict.  It will launch a headlining tour March 2, with Fates Warning and The Cringe serving as support.  Tickets can be purchased via the band’s official website.

The current schedule for Queensryche’s upcoming tour is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only

More information on The Verdict, Queenryche’s tour in support of The Verdict and all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Fozzy Reaches Its Peak With ‘Judas’

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Veteran hard rock band Fozzy launched the latest leg of its “Judas Rising” tour on Friday.  The tour, which currently runs through September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, includes performances in Charlotte and Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 19 and 20 respectively.  The tour’s launch also follows the release of the band’s latest single, ‘Burn Me Out,’ which is taken from the band’s most recent album, Judas (2017).  Judas is an interesting change of pace for Fozzy at least stylistically speaking.  That is not a bad thing, either.  In fact, the change in the band’s sound exhibited in this record is a big part of what makes the record such an interesting new offering.  ‘Painless,’ which comes a little early in the record’s run, is just one example of that welcome change.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the change exhibited in the record this time out, and another of the most notable of those examples, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The full-throttle ‘Wolves at Bay,’ which closes out the album is one more example of the change that is evident in this record that makes it another interesting new effort.  Of course it is not the last of the songs that shows the change from the band this time out.  Keeping that in mind, there are also some more familiar works early on in the record.  When those songs are considered along with the songs noted here and those not noted, the whole of Judas proves to be a record that presents Fozzy at the top of its game.

Veteran hard rock band Fozzy’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2017’s Judas is one of the best albums that this band has released to date.  Simply put, it presents Fozzy at the top of its game.  That is thanks to the growth and change exhibited by the band throughout the album.  The first real sign of that change comes early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Painless.’  Musically speaking, this song is one of the most radio friendly songs that the band has composed to date.  At the same time, it doesn’t sacrifice the hard rock edge for which the band has come to be known in its previous albums in order to achieve that accessibility.  It shows similarities to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and other similar hard rock acts, showing again, that accessibility.

The song’s lyrical content shows a certain growth, too, as it presents a subject in a distinctly difficult place emotionally and psychologically.  What’s interesting here is that it doesn’t just come right out and give away the situation, perhaps intentionally leaving interpretation to apply to any difficult situation.  This is inferred as front man Chris Jericho sings in the song’s lead verse, “My life trapped in between/A whisper and a scream/A suicide machine of my own making/You medicate my brain/Like needles in my veins/Consumed in your embrace/There’s no escaping/My fix I the misery/Won’t stop till the end of me/I can’t feel anything.”  This alone comes across as perhaps someone dealing with the impacts of drug abuse.  That is just this critic’s own take on this verse, though.  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Killing me one breath at a time/Caught in your web/I’m paralyzed/So go on and lay me down to rest/You make it painless, painless.”  What’s even more interesting is that later in the song’s third verse, Jericho switches things up even more, singing, “Do you know what it’s like/To be hollow inside my life, my grave/Do you love me enough to finish me off/Don’t leave me here this way?” before reprising the song’s chorus.  At this point, it’s as if Jericho is hinting at a relationship issue making things even more difficult.  Simply put, this song is just as deep lyrically as it is musically.  Keeping that in mind along with the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole shows quite a bit of positive and welcome growth and change from the band.  That growth makes this song just one example of what makes Judas another strong effort from Fozzy.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves to show that welcome change.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is another example of the change that makes Judas an interesting new offering from the band.

The growth exhibited in ‘Elevator’ comes instantly in its musical arrangement, as it opens with the driving guitar and keyboard lines that open the song.  That combination, which runs through the course of the song, gives the song a little bit of an industrial sound.  It’s a sound that Fozzy has used very rarely, if at all in its past records.  The expert balance of the elements along with the solid time keeping (and Jericho’s vocal delivery) makes for an overall musical arrangement that itself shows even more the change in the band’s musical direction this time out.  When that change is coupled with the song’s lyrical content, the two elements make the song in whole another notable addition to Judas.

Where ‘Painless’ presented someone in a very low place, ‘Elevator’ is the polar opposite so to speak.  Jericho sings here, “Step in/We’re gonna take a ride/To the promised land/Heaven is in our hands/We’ve all been down/There’s only one way out/’Cause when you’re feeling low/There’s only one way to go/I’m your elevator.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “We crawl through dirt/You know we’ve been hurt/Put your faith in me/’Cause I’ve got the golden key/So wave goodbye/I’m gonna get you high/High above the crowd/Nothing can stop us now/I’m your elevator.”  It goes without saying that unlike ‘Painless,’ this song is quite the uplifting piece.  Now whether the song was intentionally supposed to be religious in its wording or if that was purely metaphorical language is left for the band to explain.  That aside, the positive, uplifting message here, coupled with the song’s equally empowering musical arrangement shows even more the change in Fozzy in this record.  That exhibited change shows even more why the record in whole is some of the band’s best work to date.  It still is not the last of the songs to show that noted change and how that change is a positive for the album in whole.  ‘Wolves at Bay,’ the album’s closer, is one more strong example of that change and its positive impact on the album.

‘Wolves at Bay’ stands out – as with the previously discussed songs – in part because of its musical arrangement.  Its opening bars present a thrash metal style approach before switching over to the band’s more familiar melodic hard rock sound a la Sevendust, etc. in the verses.  That thrash metal approach, which again the band has rarely if ever, used returns in the chorus.  The driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement is echoed in its equally powerful and aggressive lyrics.  Jericho sings here, “You like to hunt/Your game is fear/I was the one, your souvenir/This is a fight/The one that you’ve been fighting for/You did incite the call for us to go to war.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Pushing and pushing/Giving me no choice/Humiliate/Intimidate/Until I hit the breaking point/Back to the wall/Keeping the wolves at bay/Fight my way out/’Cause it’s the only way.”  The song continues on lyrically in similar fashion from here.  Simply put, there’s a certain level of aggression and confidence here.  This is someone saying, “back off, you’ve caused me to be this way, and I won’t hesitate to attack if I have to,”  It’s a strong song and an interesting contrast to the album’s opener.  Those powerful lyrics and the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement shows again the change evident from the band in this album.  That welcome change also again shows what makes Judas such a strong new offering from Fozzy.  When it is considered along with the previously discussed songs and the rest of this record, the whole of the album proves to be not just a strong new album, but some of the band’s best work to date.

Fozzy’s new album Judas is some of the band’s best work to date.  That’s because while it does present some familiarity to listeners, it also exhibits continued positive growth and change from the band.  That is exhibited in the song’s discussed here clearly.  When they are considered along with the songs not discussed here, that change becomes even more evident and appreciated.  When it is considered in whole, the result is a record that every Fozzy fan will enjoy.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Judas, Fozzy’s new tour, its latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.fozzyrock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fozzyrock

 

 

 

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