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Ohmwork (Sanctuary Records)

By: Mike SOS

Geezer Butler returns to helm his solo project GZR after a lengthy jaunt with Black Sabbath with Ohmwork, a 10-track release brimming with hard rock sensibilities. Once led by Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell, GZR's lead singer slot is occupied by Clark Brown, whose vast vocal range runs from Layne Staley on the sinister dirge "Pardon My Depression" to Chino Moreno on "Pull the String" without sounding forced. And the band keeps it heavy throughout, as Geezer and company blast out some well mapped out metal warblings with a tad of the nu school flavor on tracks like "Don't You Know" and "Aural Sects". However, tracks like the slipshod Limp Bizkit-esque "Prisoner 103" seem out of place, and the sledgehammered riffs in "Dogs of Whore" scream for Bell despite Brown's stalwart job. Nonetheless, Butler and crew are still cranking out some blasting music and are worth a crank on the home stereo system.
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