“Ohmwork” by GZR

Artist: GZR
Title: “Ohmwork”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 5/10/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

When the name Geezer Butler is dropped the result is similar to his Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi. The man is probably one of the main influences in the world of Hard Rock bass playing and not only has he returned in Black Sabbath but he has also delivered his 3rd outing with the group he refers to as “GZR”. The main difference is that the players this time around are all different from previous incarnations of the band and the music flows more along with the times. It is wise to caution the diehard Black Sabbath fan to seek samples of this album before purchase because quite honestly there is very little in common with it. I think this is the problem that I had at first listen because I expected a total homage from this man and instead got something more along the lines of Linkin Park and similar nu-metal players. The CD kicks off with “Misfit” which I loved the overall off in and basis of the song. I was not crazy when the slight rap began but this would be far less than tracks like “Prisoner 103” would give me. That could have been a Limp Bizkit tune since there was so much street to it. Meanwhile “I Believe” which is a slower number, was clearly my favorite for it was totally not what I expected to find here after comparing the other tracks. There’s a real feel and mood to it. On tracks like “Aural Sects” and “Pseudocide” it’s more a Killswitch Engage type of group. This material makes them a good choice for bands like that to tour with.

One needs to lend a little respect to Geezer for not only has he proven his capacity as a Legend in Heavy Metal bass, but he also proves that he can change along with the way the times dictate. Nu-Metal and younger listeners might find a lot more than I did in the release and I feel this is who it was aimed at. For me I would have to say that I was not totally taken with the CD and instead of finding a lot I enjoyed was only impressed by a few tracks. There is not even the expected gloom and doom riffing we have come to love from the Sabbath bass God. Instead of this slower and driving depth there is a lot of quick riffs which are done well but I would have enjoyed if some different content encapsulated them. A great production is done on the CD and there are lyrics to all the tracks in a decent booklet but this CD is not going to be for old school fans all that much. Fans of the earlier GZR releases would also be served by a little caution. While it’s not bad, it has changed in the 10 years that it’s been since he released a solo piece. The members of GZR for this recording are Peter “Pedro” Howse (guitars), Clark Brown (vocals), Chad Smith (drums) and of course Terence “Geezer” Butler (bass).

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has also returned with a solo album starring singer Glenn Hughes. The release is called “Fused” and perhaps is more along the lines of what Sabbath been keeping busy and has released a new album entitled “Fused” with Glen Hughes yet fans and the Metal community as a whole really clamor for a new Black Sabbath album and potential tour. Will it ever be the case only time and Ozzy can tell.

Track Listing:
1. Misfit
2. Pardon My Depression
3. Prisoner 103
4. I Believe
5. Aural Sects
6. Pseudocide
7. Pull The String
8. Alone
9. Dogs Of Whore
10. Don’t You Know

Official Website: www.GZR.com

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