GZR

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Ostensibly a solo vehicle for Geezer Butler (Terry Butler, 17 July 1949, Birmingham, England), this project allowed the bass player to ‘blow off some steam’ at events taking place with his parent band Black Sabbath during the mid-90s. The resulting album, Plastic Planet, including the scathing ‘Giving Up The Ghost’. Lines such as ‘You bastardised my intellect/Castrated our conviction’ left critics in no doubt as to what Butler thought of Tony Iommi’s handling of Black Sabbath affairs. The rest of the album made much less of an impact, with Butler’s attempted accommodation of new metal styles frequently falling flat. He had first conceived the idea of a solo album in 1985 but ‘couldn’t find a singer’. It took him a full decade to realize his ambition with the addition of Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, with Pedro Howse (guitar) and Deen Castronovo (drums) completing the line-up. A second album, Black Science,...

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