CLUTCH

Stoner Rock / Stoner Metal / Hard Rock / Non-Metal • United States
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Clutch are an American stoner rock/hard rock band formed in 1991. The band incorporates many stoner metal, blues, and southern rock elements into their overall sound. The band started as a more stoner metal/hardcore oriented band, but shifted their sound to a more bluesy stoner rock approach on their self-titled album. (though still retaining their metal influences for the next few albums)

In 2008, the band founded their own record label, Weathermaker Music. Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings was the band's first release on their label.
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CLUTCH Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths album cover 3.61 | 6 ratings
Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths
Stoner Metal 1993
CLUTCH Clutch album cover 3.98 | 12 ratings
Clutch
Stoner Rock 1995
CLUTCH The Elephant Riders album cover 4.31 | 9 ratings
The Elephant Riders
Stoner Rock 1998
CLUTCH Jam Room album cover 3.56 | 4 ratings
Jam Room
Hard Rock 1999
CLUTCH Pure Rock Fury album cover 4.36 | 7 ratings
Pure Rock Fury
Stoner Rock 2001
CLUTCH Blast Tyrant album cover 4.89 | 5 ratings
Blast Tyrant
Stoner Rock 2004
CLUTCH Robot Hive / Exodus album cover 4.85 | 6 ratings
Robot Hive / Exodus
Stoner Rock 2005
CLUTCH From Beale Street to Oblivion album cover 4.28 | 8 ratings
From Beale Street to Oblivion
Stoner Rock 2007
CLUTCH Strange Cousins From the West album cover 4.50 | 6 ratings
Strange Cousins From the West
Stoner Rock 2009
CLUTCH Earth Rocker album cover 4.57 | 7 ratings
Earth Rocker
Stoner Rock 2013
CLUTCH Psychic Warfare album cover 4.96 | 7 ratings
Psychic Warfare
Stoner Rock 2015
CLUTCH Book Of Bad Decision album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Book Of Bad Decision
Stoner Rock 2018

CLUTCH EPs & splits

CLUTCH Pitchfork album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
Pitchfork
Stoner Metal 1991
CLUTCH Passive Restraints album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Passive Restraints
Stoner Metal 1992
CLUTCH Impetus EP album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Impetus EP
Hard Rock 1997

CLUTCH live albums

CLUTCH Live at the Googolplex album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Googolplex
Stoner Rock 2002
CLUTCH Live in Flint, Michigan album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Flint, Michigan
Stoner Rock 2004
CLUTCH Heard It All Before: Live at the Hifi Bar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heard It All Before: Live at the Hifi Bar
Stoner Rock 2007
CLUTCH Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings 2007/2008 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings 2007/2008
Stoner Rock 2008
CLUTCH Live at the Corner Hotel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Corner Hotel
Stoner Rock 2008
CLUTCH Clutch Live at the Prince Bandroom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clutch Live at the Prince Bandroom
Stoner Rock 2010
CLUTCH Clutch: Live at the 9:30 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Clutch: Live at the 9:30
Stoner Rock 2010

CLUTCH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CLUTCH A Promo Named Marcus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Promo Named Marcus
Stoner Metal 1993
CLUTCH Careful With That EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Careful With That EP
Stoner Rock 2001

CLUTCH re-issues & compilations

CLUTCH Slow Hole to China: Rare and Rereleased album cover 4.08 | 2 ratings
Slow Hole to China: Rare and Rereleased
Stoner Rock 2003
CLUTCH Pitchfork & Lost Needles album cover 3.56 | 4 ratings
Pitchfork & Lost Needles
Stoner Rock 2005

CLUTCH singles (8)

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12 Ounce Epilogue
Stoner Metal 1993
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El Jefe Speaks / Binge and Purge
Stoner Metal 1993
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Spacegrass
Stoner Metal 1995
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Big News
Stoner Rock 1995
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Escape From the Prison Planet
Stoner Metal 1995
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Tight Like That
Stoner Rock 1995
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Immortal
Stoner Rock 2001
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Pigtown Blues
Non-Metal 2012

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CLUTCH Book Of Bad Decision

Album · 2018 · Stoner Rock
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Clutch at this point can unarguably be seen as something of an ‘old reliable’ at this point. It can be argued that the band just do not release bad albums these days and pretty much if you’ve liked any of the band’s recent albums, you are probably going to like this one.

That being said, they aren’t too repetitive and they do evolve over time and each album has its own identity and each cluster of albums has a certain flavour.

The last two albums; Earth Rocker and Psychic Warfare have been two of the bands hardest, most streamlined, direct albums to date and this time the band seem aware that this may not have been what fans of the older albums like Elephant Riders and the self-titled wanted, so this time around instead of battering you over the head with the hardest songs straight away, they open up with some more laid back Stoner Rock song. Its a bit more armchair than thrill-ride for the first three tracks, for those of you who were missing the band being more hazy. Combined with the less polished, looser production style (that hi-hat sound and muddier guitar tone has something in common with their Jam Room album to my ears).

That’s not to say it is a full return to the old days; its more of a balancing act between that, the recent material and also pushing new ground. There are a few tunes on here which retain the breakneck rocking and clear focus of Earthrocker; ‘Weird Times,’ ‘Paper & Strife’ and the Tony Iommi wetdream of ‘A Good Fire’ keep things direct and punchy.

In terms of newer ideas, ‘In Walks Barbarella’ sounds exactly like its most memorable lyric ”weaponised funk” – it is full of full on 1970s Starskey & Hutch sounding funk overtones.

Lyrically, the record is just as fun and interesting as ever, with some brilliant lines, such as in the pre-released ‘How To Shake Hands’ where Neil tells us that when he becomes president, ”First thing I’m gonna do is go for a ride on a UFO, put Jimmi Hendrix on the $20 bill and Bill Hicks on a 5-note,” as well as ‘Hot Bottom Feeder’ which is basically a recipe and when the Neighbours in ‘Paper & Strife’ are reportedly ”clearly raging communists.”

The last few albums have had man-of-the-match awards for drummer JP Gaster and Frontman Neil Fallon, but the real hero of this album is guitarist Tim Sult, who seems to on a mission to display as wide a range of styles of guitar solo as possible. There’s so many different vibes to his leads and solos on the record, from melodic to flashy to effects-laiden and everything in between.

Because Clutch are so consistent, it is really just a matter of personal taste which albums are your favourites. This album is no disappointment. For my tastes, its somewhere in the middle, better than for example Jam Room but not quite as transcendent as say, the last two albums, or the fan favourites like Blast Tyrant, but fairly close and absolutely worth checking out. There are many songs on here I really can’t wait to see live and wouldn’t ever want to make a Clutch playlist or compilation without ever again. If you aren’t sure if the album is for you, check out ‘Ghoul Wrangler’ – the music, production, eccentricity and lyrics should give you a good idea what you are in for.

CLUTCH Clutch

Album · 1995 · Stoner Rock
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"Clutch" is the self-titled 2nd full-length studio album by US hard/stoner rock act Clutch. The album was released through Eastwest Records in May 1995. Clutch started out as a hardcore band, and their debut album "Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths (1993)" still featured quite a few hardcore traits although it´s mostly a hard rock/stoner rock album.

The hardcore elements are now completely gone from the band´s sound, and "Clutch" is a hard rock/stoner rock album through and through. There are still some badass attitude moments on the album, that might have been born in their hardcore youth, but we´re predominantly treated to southern influenced bluesy hard rock with a psychadelic stoner rock edge. It´s quite heavy at times, but the album is overall quite dynamic with both vers/chorus structured hard rockers, and more experimental/psychadelic tinged tracks.

The material on the 13 track, 55:05 minutes long album (the Japanese version of the album feautures the bonus track "Apache") are generally of a good compositional quality, and several tracks are really strong. It´s not all tracks that are equally remarkable, and if you ask me, I think the album overstays it´s welcome by a couple of tracks, but then again if you take each track and listen to them one by one, they are all quite entertaining, so maybe it´s the overall flow of the album that doesn´t always work that well.

The musicianship are as always one of the great assets when listening to a Clutch album. Neil Fallon is an incredibly skilled vocalist with a strong voice and a passionate delivery, and his performance on this album is even a bit more varied than on later releases, because he still occasionally sings more raw vocal styles here. The rest of the band are also very well playing. A tight yet organic sounding unit. The instrumentation is guitars, bass, drums and vocals, but there are a few tracks featuring organ, courtesy of session player Richard Morel.

The album is packed in a well sounding, powerful, and organic sound production, which suits the music perfectly. So overall this sophomore album is another high quality release by Clutch and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CLUTCH Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths

Album · 1993 · Stoner Metal
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"Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths" is the debut full-length studio album by US hard rock/hardcore act Clutch. The album was released through Eastwest Records in August 1993. The regular version features 11 tracks, but the Japanese version features the bonus track "Apache".

The "Pitchfork (1991)" EP displayed an edgy and aggressive hardcore sound with hard rock leanings. On "Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths" the scale has tipped towards a more hard rock oriented sound with occasional hardcore leanings. Some tracks are pretty aggressive and groove oriented, but there is always a bluesy hard rock sensibility to the proceedings. The repeated use of the word "Motherfucker" on "Binge and Purge" did result in the album receiving a parental advisory sticker though, so it´s definitely not a nice and friendly blues rock album.

The musicianship are on a high level. Great powerful singing, organic drumming and bass playing, and some great rocking guitar riffs. The album also features a suiting organic sound production so all in all "Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths" is a good quality debut album by Clutch. It´s a bit immature in the songwriting department and it´s obvious that Clutch were still searching for their sound at this point, but that also makes the album an interesting adventurous listen. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

CLUTCH Psychic Warfare

Album · 2015 · Stoner Rock
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"Psychic Warfare" is the 11th full-length studio album by US hard rock act Clutch. The album was released through WeatherMaker Music in October 2015. As always Clutch have kept busy touring, but still found time to write and record "Psychic Warfare". "Psychic Warfare" is the successor to "Earth Rocker" from 2013. An album where Clutch returned to packing a bit more punch than they had on the last couple of preceeding releases...

...and that tendency is continued on "Psychic Warfare", which features some of the most hard rocking and energetic tracks yet released by Clutch. Tracks like "X-Ray Visions", "Firebirds", and "Noble Savage" are so wild and full of raw energy, that it´s impossible to sit still while listening to them. Not all tracks on the album are as fast paced as those tracks, but even mid-paced heavier tracks like "Sucker For The Witch", "Decapitation Blues", and "Behold The Colossus", are still full of great uplifting raw energy, blues based licks, and groove. The album also features two mellower tracks in "Our Lady of Electric Light" and "Son of Virginia". None of them are ballad type tracks though, and they still rock pretty hard.

The musicianship is as always strong and one of the band´s greatest assets. The rhythm section of bassist Dan Maines and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster groove and rocks hard throughout the album, guitarists Tim Sult ripps out one great hard rocking riff after another, and occasionally spice things up with some great lead work or solos, and lead vocalist Neil Fallon sounds as commanding as ever. It´s indisputable that Fallon has a strong voice and a personal delivery, but the storytelling type lyrics featured on "Psychic Warfare" make his vocals come out even stronger. There is both great thoughtful wit and tons of even greater humour featured in those words, and I can´t help smile whenever I hear the lyrics to tracks like "X-Ray Visions" or "Son of Virginia". High class lyrics in my book.

The whole thing is packed in a raw, organic, and powerful sounding production, which suits the music perfectly. And upon conclusion perfect is exactly the right word to use about "Psychic Warfare". It was great the first time I listened to it, but the fact that it has grown even better with each listen since, proves to me that this is a very speciel release. The relative diversity of the material, the way the tracklist is constructed, and all of the positive things I´ve described above, make this a sure 5 star (100%) rating in my book.

CLUTCH Psychic Warfare

Album · 2015 · Stoner Rock
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Clutch - Psychic Warfare

'Psychic Warfare' is the eleventh studio album from stoner/hard rock band Clutch. Starting out as a hardcore punk-twinged stoner rock/metal band back in the 90's, Clutch has been one of the most consistent rock acts out there. They've changed their sound since, now having a very blues-y hard rock sound with various other sounds mixed in. I thought that their previous album 'Earth Rocker' was one of their best if not their best, but now after listening to this, this has to be their best yet.

The sound here is very energetic hard rock with a strong blues edge and some southern rock mixed in at times. Clutch wastes no time with bringing the listener to some high-octane rockers like 'X-Ray Visions', which has an extremely catchy riff getting you ready for the rest of the album. It flows smoothly straight into the driving 'Firebirds!', which has an awesome chorus with some killer vocals from Neil Fallon. Next up is the southern-rock twinged 'A Quick Death in Texas'. Just try not to stomp your foot to the jumpy beat, I find it difficult not to. Next comes another extremely catchy driving song with 'Sucker for the Witch', which has a really catchy retro almost heavy metal riff. Also, I can't forget to mention it's really nice guitar solo. I think I've summed up how all the driving rockers sound, they are all simply great.

While this album is jam-packed with killer driving songs, Clutch also knows how to make amazing slower songs as well, as seen in 'Our Lady of Electric Light' which begins with the dark and bluesy intro song 'Doom Saloon'. 'Our Lady of Electric Light' has a real epic atmosphere to it, even with it clocking in at only 3:52. The solo playing over a dark bluesy riff actually reminds me a lot of early albums from the heavy space rock band Eloy. Fallon's low passionate vocals in this song fit perfectly with the dark tone of the song. The other slow song on the album is the finale, 'Son of Virginia', which begins with a really nice dark southern riff and beautiful guitar work playing over the aforementioned riff. Clutch really make their slower songs have epic atmospheres, with this song having epic changes from soft southern blues to heavy bluesy rock.

Overall, It's not every year that a new favorite album is released. Clutch retains their sense of humor, their energetic rocking, and adds in some but not too much to enhance their sound even more. This was a difficult review to write, as there aren't really any stand-out tracks, because every song stands out. Every song is just as memorable as the next, whether it be fast or slow, each song really packs a punch. This is probably Clutch's best album yet, and that's not an easy thing to say with such an amazing discography. Entering the hall of my favorite albums, this is one album that no fan of driving rock and metal should miss. Hope you found this review helpful.

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