Formed in Canada around 1987, Harem Scarem has been rocking for well over 30 years now. With 15 studio albums, 8 live albums and numerous compilation albums, they have been delivering solid rock music for the masses. The band only has two original members still in it from the beginning and they are the two most crucial in this scenario. Lead singer, Harry Hess, and Lead Guitarist, Pete Lesperance. Why would these two be the most crucial, well they are the principal song writers as well as the voice and sound of the band. I would say that is crucial.
The Ultimate Collection is a box set that contains 12 of their studio albums plus a collection of songs from early in their career as well as a disc of unreleased tracks. And to top it off, the studio albums include all the bonus tracks from those albums as well. That is a lot of music and there are 175 tracks in this set. Incredible.
What does that look like all sprawled out? Here you go…
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It is hard to believe Fozzy has been together for close to 20 years. I remember when they came on the scene and I wasn’t overly impressed. It was more of a cover band and this WWE wrestler, Chris Jericho, was the lead singer. Being a wrestler didn’t give him much street cred in my book. But over time, the band moved from a cover band to a real rock & roll band. Now with their seventh studio album, ‘Judas’, I think Fozzy have created their masterpiece.
The songs are guitar heavy, modern and so damn catchy. I would describe it as Pop Metal for the fact it is so melodic and every song is radio friendly. The opening track and title track, “Judas”, is the perfect first single. If you like this song, the album is a slam dunk. You than go into “Drinkin’ With Jesus” with its great guitar solo, “Painless”, which is almost a power ballad but has a little more punch and than straight into “Weight of My World” which is the catchiest damn song on the whole album. It is one of my favorite songs on the album despite it being a little repetitive…that repetitiveness works!!
The next couple of songs “Wordsworth Way” and “Burn Me Out” don’t slow things down. “Wordsworth Way” is such a great production and a great guitar solo even as brief as it is (it still a guitar solo – me like those). “Burn Me Out” doesn’t offer up much for me. It is a little forgettable.
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