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Geezer Butler

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by fat jonny, Mar 25, 2001.

  1. fat jonny

    fat jonny

    Jul 8, 2000
    Columbus Ohio
    I personally think that Geezer is the best metal bassist of all time. I especially like the bass lines on war pigs and on sweet leaf behind the guitar solo. Also, The Iron Man guitar solo bass line is sweet i think. Geezer has a style unlike anyone elses and i dont think anyone could copy it if they tried. Solitude is a sweet song too the bass part is so cool. Am I alone here or does anyone else worship Geezer and black sabbath all together? Has anyone listened to tony iommi's cd called "iommi". The bass parts arent really anything special, but some of the songs are good. I about soiled myself when i heard there was a new black sabbath cd on the way with all 4 original members. I cant wait to see geezer for the first time at ozzfest this year. also does anyone know how geezer gets his sweet sound. I know he uses marshall cabs and a precision but thats about it.
  2. I totaly agree with you. Geezer is definitely one of the best metal bassists around. Cmon, you have got to love "Bassically, and NIB, and Hand of Doom," Hand of Doom's line is simple, but sounds oh so good! I dont know what kinda gear he uses, but whatever it is it sounds great. Geezer is the man!
  3. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I haven´t listened to BS a lot, but he´s definitely one of the best
  4. Heavy Rock wise, Geezer is not one of the best, he is the best ! Geezer was the reason I started to play Bass. His tone, style is second to none, I particulary like the Solo before N.I.B, but in general all his bass lines are great...listen to All moving parts ( stand still ).

  5. TheFrizzleFry

    TheFrizzleFry Guest

    Nov 21, 2000
    Stinktown, Pa, USA
    Geezer is probably my second favorite bassist of all time. Next to Les Claypool (I don't seem like a Primus fan do I?). His technique is so cool, he'll play the main riff and he'll just groove with it. A sweet bass song that no one seems to know about "Faries Wear Boots" that has some sweet bass.
  6. im going to have to disagree, cos i have to say that i think Cliff Burton was a better metal bassist than Geezer Butler, no direspect to him. But thats just my opinion, and in any case i probably havent heard Geezer's best stuff.
  7. TheFrizzleFry

    TheFrizzleFry Guest

    Nov 21, 2000
    Stinktown, Pa, USA
    Cliff/Geezer are close. Cliff had the speed, but like I said before Geezer can groove. Plus he can get the speed when he needs it. Iron Man, Sweet Leaf. Geezer rulz
  8. sgraham


    Aug 30, 2000
    Tyler, TX
    I'll have to agree with you on Geezer being the
    greatest metal bassist of all time, with Steve Harris
    a close second. Check out the "Heaven and Hell"
    album with that awesome growl-ly" tone. Great
    lines, great tunes.
  9. The radio station in my area has been playing the "new" version of N.I.B. When I say new I mean Geezer's tone is kicking.What type of set up is he using?It sounds like his bass is both active and with a graphite neck,however,I'm not totally sure.Somebody help me out .
  10. What the h*ll is a Geezer? Isn't that some attraction at Yellowstone National Park - 'Old Faithful', or something?
  11. Dox


    Aug 17, 2000
    Millville, New Jersey
    A Geezer? Terrence "Geezer" Butler is the name... A main bass inspiration in my life. Love his stuff. Black Sabbath is probably my favorite band ever. Well about some of teh stuff Butler uses. I know who used an old Ampeg SVT set up. But for "N.I.B." I believe he played through a marshell gutar stack. Geezer records with a very old Fender P-bass and plays live with a Vaigra.. I think that right.... It is some french company. Geezer also has a style that is a tad bit differant. Hard to explain.... So in my words he has the floatin ghand slapping pizzicato technique.. He doesn't rest his thumbs anywhere.. He just lets his hand float over teh highier frets. I hav seen him rest his thumb sometimes.. And when he gets into a good groove his hand moves in an out getting a good dig.. Almost like his is slapping whiel fingering.. Just... not... Quite odd... Well that is how he played at the Reunion tour. God I love that man... Also his son sings for a band.. Biff of Apartment 26.... There bassist plays a STingray I believe and slaps on occasion.. It's ashame they are techno rock and you can't hear teh bass under the keyboards alot... But Biff has a unique voice an dgreat stage presence.. So check em out if you get around to it... Wow... I am listening to Liquid Tension Experment now.. Now I wanna listen to some Sabbath or Aprt. 26.... Hmmm....
  12. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    The new version of N.I.B... Only Ozzy is there from Sabbath, with Primus doing the guitar, bass & drums. Look into Claypool's rig if you want that kind of tone.
  13. Wow,I didn't know that.Cool,I'll find out what Claypool is using.
  14. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    "...plays live with a Vaigra..." That helps him play? Oh Vaigra not Viagra, sorry... I saw Black Sabbath at Ozzfest a couple of years ago, Geezer is still the man, better all the time. Definitely an inspiration. N.I.B. is one of the few covers that Claypool did that I didn't instantly think far superior to the original. Geezer's work stands up, even to that maniac.
  15. I rather thought that Geezer used a Viger Bass made in France :0)

  16. Dox


    Aug 17, 2000
    Millville, New Jersey
    :( I am not good at spelling.. But I had the idea.
  17. Sorry, did I sound like an arse there ? Didn't mean to.

  18. I had to post about Geezer. I've been playing for over 25 years and he was the first bass player I tried to play like. I play much different music now, but every now and then, I put War Pigs on the stereo. That stuff was so different at that time, so minor and hard. The Sabs were the first band I heard who were HEAVY, and really HEAVY. Deep Purple and Zepplin were heavy too, but not the way the Sabs were.
  19. Geezer Butler is definitely someone that bassists should listen to just to get an idea of how to lay down a solid groove. love all his stuff off of "Paronoid". Just a side-note, though, has anyone ever heard Gov't Mules' rendition of War Pigs?
  20. Yeah Geezer Butler, must be the best metal bassist out there all though Paranoid bass line is his worst work and probably Sabbath's most popular effort i feel that songs like Children of The Grave, N.I.B and Iron Man are among the greatest works that could come out of this Birminham Band.

    A Pity Ozzy Osbourne hasn't got a decent voice, if he did Britney spears would worship him and Sabbath :p

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