Sound — 10
If you find Black Sabbath's music monotonous and doom, you'll be surprised, how much different this record is. An album, made by the man, who wrote all Sabbath's classic's lyrics, is progressive, yet very intelligent, tending to sound more modern metal, than nu. "Ohmwork" by GZR (which is, apart from Butler, is vocalist Clark Brown, guitarist Pedro Howse and drummer Chad Smith), is Terry 'Geezer' Butler's first album with GZR since for eight years and his third solo band release. The record was produced by Butler himself and mixed by Toby Wright (Slayer, Alice In Chains, Primus and Sevendust). It took the band five years to make "Ohmwork" -? the work started when Geezer got bored of experimenting with keyboard sounds and realized that "a pissed off GZR mood" finally took over. People say that during recording the first time you play the song is gonna be your best one, keeping the atmosphere. Following the experience Geezer gained in Black Sabbath (when "Black Sabbath" was recorded in two days and "Paranoid" in a week), "Ohmwork" was written in hectic 10 days, which gave the record a feeling of spontaneity and freshness. Infectious opener "Misfit" has driving heavy rhythms and hooky guitar riffs in the chorus. Be prepared for some surprises in songs, as the whole album is pretty unexpected. Like "Pardon My Depression" hat pretends to be a slow song in the beginning, but creeps up and just blows out in the middle. "Pull The String" should be the most radio-friendly song, containing some rap-metal parts. "I Believe" with very good acoustic riffs is also one of the few songs out here that can be heard on the radio. Well, as much as you can hear metal on the radio. Even though it's hard to call metal catchy, there are some songs that got stuck in you head for a while. Like "Pseudocide" that has light girlish Lisa Riefell's vocals and brutal voice of Clark Brown in it. Innocent female vocals are a bit weird for the song, but it's more unexpected, than bad. I think the idea is to compare two very pure and so different vocals in one song. So don't take it as an inclusion of some pop girls band.
Lyrics — 9
Geezer's lyrics is his chance to say what he thinks about what's happening in the world. Like "Dogs Of Whore," which is a follower to Sabbath's "War Pigs." "Dogs Of Whore" was inspired by Bush, Bin Laden and Cheney among others. As the idea behind all songs on "Ohmwork" are bad things in life, you're gonna get your dose of depression, discontent, aggression. "Alone" is a good example -- a song full of disappointing in the people, who are the closest to you. When you need a help, it turns our everyone is caring only for himself. Most vocals (apart from those of Lisa Riefell's in "Pseudocide") are angry and gritty, switching to very clear in choruses. Brown's metal-core vocal parts may sound tough, but they fit the album's heavy mood perfectly.
Overall Impression — 9
The artist himself says that on the album he wanted "to strip everything down to the bare essentials," which was totally achieved, as you wouldn't find a thing, that doesn't belong in the song. The songwriting, as well as the producing of "Ohmwork" is solid. The CD proves legendary bassist/composer/lyricist, known worldwide as Geezer, still has plenty of energy to rock and keep his fans interested. According to him, he's perfectly happy with what he's doing now, so we can hope for more great albums to come. Again, don't buy the record if you're looking for a Black Sabbath sound. Geezer had enough of heavy metal experience with Black Sabbath, so now he's moving forward, playing new-metal or whatever you call it. Those of you, looking for good old classics will be disappointed.