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Released: 1997, TNT
Geezer Butler, the REAL man in black, returns with a vengeance on his new solo CD Black Science.
My first concern with this CD is that Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) is unfortunately no longer vocalist for G//Z/R (now simply called 'Geezer'). Upon hearing the CD all fears are put to rest. The new vocalist Clark Brown is almost as good as Burton although his bark doesn't have as much bite as Burton's. In places he does sound similar to Bell, the casual listener probably won't even notice the switch. Rounding out the lineup is the riff monster Pedro House on guitar and the well known drummer Deen Castronovo - who were both on the first CD Plastic Planet. I had read that Geezer was heavily experimenting with industrial sounds but to my relief the industrial influence takes a back seat.
Lyrically this album is laced with futuristic and science fiction references - subject matter that has fascinated Butler since his days in Black Sabbath. The hotspots on the CD are "Man In A Suitcase," "Department S" and "Box of Six."
The only throw away song on the CD is "Northern Wisdom" which is severely boring. Besides this anomaly, there are no bad songs on the CD yet the track "Unspeakable Elvis" should be nominated for silliest lyric of the year: "Oh Elvis do you love me? Oh evil Elvis Presley." We can forgive this because of the amazing lyrics found in other songs on the CD that include such sci-fi titles as "Area Code 51" "Department S" and "Among the Cybermen."
Black Science does not rehash Plastic Planet but progresses nicely by incorporating some industrial influences and more crushing rhythms. Let's hope that Geezer keeps this project alive because it is by far light years ahead of Ozzy's last CD Ozzmosis. Out of all the Black Sabbath members Geezer has unquestionably progressed the most by trying out new and better things.
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