What does it sound like?:
I have to confess I wasn’t aware Black Sabbath bassist and sometime lyricist Geezer Butler had released any solo albums, let alone three of them! Nevertheless, here they are, all reissued for your listening pleasure.
First up is 1995’s Plastic Planet, originally issued under the band name g/z/r, and featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C Bell. That gives a clue as to what this sounds like, metal with an industrial sound that was very much in vogue at the time. One good thing is that Butler’s bass work really stands out, emphasising its importance to the Sabbath sound.
The follow up, Black Science, appeared two years later, with a new singer, Clark Brown, who I have to say is completely unknown to me. Although the album has a similar alternate/nu-metal sound to its predecessor, I find his vocals rather shouty for want of a better word. Nonetheless, there are a couple of songs that do stand out above the others, Man In A Suitcase and Among The Cybermen, both about growing up to a background of sixties TV shows.
The final instalment didn’t appear until 2005, with Geezer having been otherwise engaged on the day job. Ohmwork (see what he did there) is the most contemporary sounding of these three, having ditched the industrial sound in favour of a mixture of styles encompassing conventional metal, straight ahead rock and even a bit of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. For me though, it’s the weakest of these re-releases, rather falling between several stools and not quite sure what it wants to be,
What does it all *mean*?
The omission of the bonus tracks that were included on some original editions of the first two albums seems rather a missed opportunity.
Goes well with…
Definitely for Sabbath completists only.
Might suit people who like…
Amps up to 11.