GZR - Ohmwork
By Kevin Wierzbicki
Terry is really a fine name. I mean it;
Terry is cool! But it’s not much of a rock’n’roll name and neither is its
more formal version, Terence. Terence just seems a bit stuffy for a musician.
“I say, Terence, jolly good bass playing, old boy.” So it should come as
no surprise that young Terence Butler would take the stage name, “Geezer.”
Now over thirty-five years later, Geezer is a geezer and he has begun the
process of removing the Cougar from his Mellencamp, wishing to be known
from now on as Terence “Geezer” Butler. Now here is a man, who as the long-running
bass player for Black Sabbath, had to stand in the background and watch
Ozzy Osbourne shake his confused arse. I say let the man call himself whatever
he wants. As it is, it won’t be long before the Geez trades in his bass
for a cello and starts playing chamber music.
Clark Brown is the singer for GZR, Geezer
Butler’s side band. Pedro Howse(Crazy Angel) plays guitar while Chad Smith(Anacrusis,
London Calling, Pavlov's Dog) helps Butler hold down the bottom end. Howse
is a fellow Brits but Brown and Smith are American. “Misfit” kicks
off Ohmwork with an update of Ronnie James Dio-era Sabbath with a little
nu-metal shouting mixed in. From there on out the record references lots
of classic and newer metal heroes; “Pardon My Depression” has Howse riffing
like Satriani while on “Prisoner 103” Brown uses the gruff sing-song vocal
style popularized by Rob Zombie. “I Believe” is a Zeppelin-esque nod to
old school but “Pull the String” dovetails perfectly into the formulaic
nu-metal blasting from radios today. Clearly these guys aren’t trying to
find their own sound or leave a legacy---GZR probably won’t be around a
few years from now. What they are trying to do, and succeed at, is prove
that old Terry still has a little ass left to kick. Don’t say goodbye to
Geezer just yet.
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