Fozzy, the greatest heavy-metal band you never heard, returns to the U.S. after being enslaved by a 20-year recording contract in Japan.

Fozzy, the greatest heavy-metal band you never heard, returns to the U.S. after being enslaved by a 20-year recording contract in Japan. (And artists here thought the seven-year statute in California was a crime.) Mongoose McQueen—who bears a suspicious resemblance to Worldwide Wrestling star Chris Jericho—leads this quintet in its quest to reclaim the music and subsequent '80s glory that was "stolen" from it by such icons as Ronnie James Dio and Judas Priest. Fozzy serves up hits like Scorpions' "Big City Nights" and W.A.S.P.'s "Love Machine" in an entertaining mix of testosterone, theater, and impressive skill that joyfully embraces the over-the-top vocals and power chords of the era. The four original tunes, especially the fantastic "To Kill a Stranger" and the sublime "Crucify Yourself," pay homage to progressive acts like Fates Warning and Dream Theater. Keep an ear out for special guest guitar hero Lord Edgar Bayden Powell (formerly Sir Galahad) who lists "guitar, Excalibur, and chainmail" as his instrumental credits. All hail Fozzy—the greatest band to ever share a name with a Muppet.—CLT

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