FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho (of WWE fame) spoke with MTV.com about the group's decision to do away with gimmicks and concentrate on being a "real" band on their upcoming third album, "All That Remains".
"The [back] story [we came up with] had really played itself as far as it can go," Jericho said. "It was kind of a fun thing at the time, but we realized this band is really kick-ass, and our original stuff is really good. So we decided we should do all original stuff and take it as far as we could from there."
According to Jericho, "All That Remains" will feature material influenced by a cross-section of '80s metal legends and contemporary rockers. "If you took METALLICA crossed with IRON MAIDEN crossed with SALIVA crossed with JOURNEY, you might get an idea of what FOZZY sounds like now," Jericho said.
"All That Remains" will feature several high-profile guest appearances, including those from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde, former CREED guitarist Mark Tremonti and ex-MEGADETH shredder Marty Friedman.
Friedman was a big fan of FOZZY producer Rick Beato's former band BILLIONAIRE, and over the years, the two became friends. So even after Friedman moved to Japan, Beato was able to track him down to deliver a solo for "Born of Anger".
"Rick e-mailed Marty and said, 'I got this track I'd love for you to play on,' and Marty said, 'Anything for you, man,' " said Jericho. "It's the heaviest song on the record, full of all these different thrash and black-metal parts, and there's an Indian-sounding part in the middle, so we had Marty put down a crazy solo over that. He went into a studio in Japan, recorded the track and then e-mailed it to us, and it sounds amazing." Read more.