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GZR - Ohmwork (6,5/10) - Great Britain - 2005

Genre: Alternative Metal
Label: Sanctuary Records
Playing time: 43:47
Band homepage: GZR

Tracklist:

  1. Misfit >mp3
  2. Pardon My Depression
  3. Prisoner 103
  4. I Believe >mp3
  5. Aural Sects
  6. Pseudocide
  7. Pull The String
  8. Alone >mp3
  9. Dogs Of Whore
  10. Don’t You Know
GZR - Ohmwork

Here is one album that I wasn’t expecting. I get this album along with something else and I am like what is this? There’s no info or anything. So, I had to research this on the net and found out that Sanctuary put it out and the musicians included the awesome drumming of Chad Smith who has been busy with RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS and Glenn Hughes. Pedro Howse is on board once again supplying the guitar action. Clark Brown reignites his role as vocalist.

“Misfit” is a very infectious with riffs that mix the high octane end of 70’s Stoner Rock and vocals that are gritty and whisky soaked until it comes time to the chorus and that’s when they are clear as a bell. It’s thunderous and groovy as well and GZR shows the world that you don’t have to be young to play loud and heavy. “Pardon My Depression” is one of those slow songs that’s slow, but it has a plan to creep up and you and blow your eardrums when you don’t expect it. Expect plenty of noise here. Here’s a path that I wasn’t expecting.

“Prisoner 103” is Rap/Metal. The beats are heavy, but the vocals just kill it here. It sounds like I am listening to a HED P.E. record or something pitiful to that effect. Clearly a throwaway track and a let down as well. This is just Geezer showing the world that he’s hip thanks to his son telling him what’s cool and not. Geez, do the world a favour and don’t listen to him. You have more common sense than this atrocity here. “I Believe” offers some killer acoustic riffs which have a consistent melody that calm until the rest of noise makers decide to crank up the amps. Not bad. It has sort of a south western vibe.

“Pseudocide” is pretty bizarre because you have a female singing clean vocals along side Clark and it doesn’t sound right. The girl sounds like she came from an all girl pop band or something to that effect. The music is good, but the voice just kind of kills it for me. I will say that it’s catchy and you will have it stuck in your head for a while. Here we go again with the Nu-Metal influence. “Pull The Strings” sounds like something you would hear on the radio. I didn’t like the tracks on here at first, but eventually I got used to them except for the Nu-Metal crap. Overall, The Geezster still has plenty of life in him for his age and he will continue to dish out the music until he drops dead. (Online June 23, 2005)

Joe Florez



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