(8/10) Clutch are Neil Fallon (v), Tim Sult (g), Dan Maines (b) and Jean-Paul Gaster (d). Founded in the early 90's Clutch became a constant factor in the hardrock/metal scene and released ten studio record with number eleven being ready to be shipped.
The guys from Germantown, Maryland start into their new album "Psychic Warfare" with some samples and spoken words. The sentence "Why don't you just take a seat and start from the beginning" is a perfect introduction and leads you directly to the first song "X Ray Vision". This tune is more than just an opener; it's a statement. Clutch didn't work on this record for only releasing new material. They came to set down a rock monument. The amount of power put intothe first track, that was by the way also chosen to be the first single, is impressive. It feels like being in an speed train without any emergency breaks.
"Firebirds" underlines this statement before "A Quick Death in Texas" takes over and adds a deep Southern expression to Clutch's sound. A well placed break and a great tune.
A song that stands out from the rest is called "Doom Saloon"/"Our Lady of Electric Light". Both tracks belong together and if you close your eyes you can see the scenery of an abandoned western town where the only movements are by some hay bales, blown through the streets by the wind. This is one of the most intense numbers on "Psychic Warfare". To give you a bit of an idea about how this sonic experience sounds I would say: combine Johnny Cash and Monster Magnet.
The punky "Noble Savage" is next. This furious and fast piece of music is an excellent counterpart to the before mentioned "Our Lady of Electric Light". Both tracks together give a good idea about the entire width of Clutch's sound.
Most of the tunes are kept between three and four minutes. The exception is the last song named "Son of Virginia". It comes with the epical length of seven minutes and starts acoustic; with Neil Fallon's fantastic vocals as the cherry on the cake. The track builds up slowly and becomes an enthralling stomper in the chorus. "Son of Virginia" sums up all what you have heard earlier on this longplayer and is a perfect closer for an outstanding rock album.
I have to admit that I never had Clutch that much in my focus, but this will change with "Psychic Warfare" for sure. Thumbs up.
- The Affidavit
- X Ray Visions
- A Quick Death in Texas
- Sucker For The Witch
- Your Love is Incarceration
- Doom Saloon
- Our Lady of Electric Light
- Noble Savage
- Behold The Colossus
- Decapitation Blues
- Son Of Virginia
Label: Weathermaker Music
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015