FOZZY — the band featuring vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) and members of STUCK MOJO — has inked a worldwide deal with Australia's Riot! Entertainment for the release of the group's fourth album, "Chasing The Grail".
FOZZY features Jericho and longtime bandmate/guitarist Rich "The Duke" Ward (STUCK MOJO) alongside bassist Sean Delson (STUCK MOJO), guitar virtuoso and STUCK MOJO guest player Mike Martin and Frank Fontsere (ex-STUCK MOJO) on drums.
"This is without a doubt one of the highlights of my life and my business career for FOZZY to be Riot!'s first fully international signing," Riot! CEO/owner John Howarth said. "I have no doubt that this album will do well and truly break FOZZY as a major international artist. The early interest has been incredible and we are looking at going with the best partners the world over, be it partnerships with other labels or distributors, we are keen to talk to companies who see the potential. I am really looking forward to this album and for this to be the start of a long working relationship."
"I'm very excited to know that the new FOZZY record is going to be released by John Howarth and Riot!," Chris Jericho said. "Riot! was by far the biggest supporter of FOZZY's last album, 'All That Remains', and did everything they could to spread the Fozzpel not only across Australia, but around the world as well. As a result, 'All That Remains' was by far our most successful album to date. To make this partnership even more exciting is the fact that we have written the absolute best album that we have ever done. This album will see FOZZY reaching new heights and breaking down more barriers to show all fans of heavy rock and heavy metal exactly who we are as a band. 2009 is the year of the Fozz!"
"Chasing The Grail" is due for release in North America in the early summer.
FOZZY released "All That Remains… Reloaded" on March 25, 2008 via BCD Music Group distribution. It featured the reissue of the "All That Remains" CD with new artwork and a bonus DVD featuring FOZZY live in front of 20,000 screaming fans in the UK.
FOZZY in 2007 issued a collection of never-before-heard demos, early mixes and instrumental versions taken from guitarist Rich "The Duke" Ward's personal library.
"All That Remains" was originally released in January 2005 via SPV Records. A video for the album's first single, "Enemy", was filmed in San Diego, CA in December 2004 with director/British filmmaker Paul Hough.
"All That Remains" was produced by Rick Beato (SHINEDOWN, CHARLIE MARS, INGRAM HILL) and features guest performances by guitar legends Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), and Mark Tremonti (CREED, ALTER BRIDGE). Gold-record-selling rap artist BONE CRUSHER also makes a special guest appearance on the record.