An every man’s band that offers up a sound that draws in fans of multiple genres of music, Clutch has provided a steady flow of tunes since their inception back in the early 1990’s. Known for their chunky guitars, head pounding rhythms and Neil Fallon’s growling vocals the Maryland band has returned with another batch of bad ass rock music that deserves to be played at maximum volumes.
The new record Earth Rocker is more of what listeners love from Clutch, no nonsense rock and roll. The album starts off fast like a sucker punch to the ear with the violent “Earth Rocker” then grabs the stunned listeners, flings them on board and drags them through their sonic world. Mid way through the album you are allowed to relax with the bluesy “Gone Cold” before being whipped back into a frenzy then abruptly deposited at the end with “The Wolfman Kindly Requests”. Highlighted by tunes like “Crucial Velocity”, “DC Sound Attack” and “Book, Saddle & Go” Clutch shows that after all these years they still know how to drop the hammer. Anchoring the record is the vicious “Cyborg Bette”. Machine gun drumming and blistering guitars lead the way on this blues infused track. The guitar solo alone is enough to warrant playing this song over and over again.
Once again Clutch shows why they have to be mentioned in the same breath with some of the best hard rock bands out there, old and new. Their music is infectious and the more you listen to it the more you like. Through the years they have developed a rabid band of followers and the new record will satiate their collective musical appetite just fine. If you dig metal, rock, blues or punk give them a listen because I will guarantee you Clutch is not what you expected.