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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 albums / top albums

CLUTCH Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths album cover 3.83 | 8 ratings
Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths
Stoner Metal 1993
CLUTCH Clutch album cover 4.08 | 14 ratings
Stoner Rock 1995
CLUTCH The Elephant Riders album cover 4.32 | 11 ratings
The Elephant Riders
Stoner Rock 1998
CLUTCH Jam Room album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Jam Room
Hard Rock 1999
CLUTCH Pure Rock Fury album cover 4.25 | 10 ratings
Pure Rock Fury
Stoner Rock 2001
CLUTCH Blast Tyrant album cover 4.74 | 9 ratings
Blast Tyrant
Stoner Rock 2004
CLUTCH Robot Hive / Exodus album cover 4.69 | 9 ratings
Robot Hive / Exodus
Stoner Rock 2005
CLUTCH From Beale Street to Oblivion album cover 4.24 | 11 ratings
From Beale Street to Oblivion
Stoner Rock 2007
CLUTCH Strange Cousins From the West album cover 4.38 | 9 ratings
Strange Cousins From the West
Stoner Rock 2009
CLUTCH Earth Rocker album cover 4.58 | 10 ratings
Earth Rocker
Stoner Rock 2013
CLUTCH Psychic Warfare album cover 4.90 | 9 ratings
Psychic Warfare
Stoner Rock 2015
CLUTCH Book Of Bad Decision album cover 3.78 | 5 ratings
Book Of Bad Decision
Stoner Rock 2018

CLUTCH EPs & splits

CLUTCH Pitchfork album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
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 4.75 | 2 ratings
Live in Flint, Michigan
Stoner Rock 2004
CLUTCH Heard It All Before: Live at the Hifi Bar album cover 3.50 | 1 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 4.00 | 3 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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4.50 | 1 ratings
12 Ounce Epilogue
Stoner Metal 1993
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4.00 | 1 ratings
El Jefe Speaks / Binge and Purge
Stoner Metal 1993
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Stoner Metal 1995
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Big News
Stoner Rock 1995
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Escape From the Prison Planet
Stoner Metal 1995
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Tight Like That
Stoner Rock 1995
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Stoner Rock 2001
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Pigtown Blues
Non-Metal 2012

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CLUTCH Reviews

CLUTCH The Elephant Riders

Album · 1998 · Stoner Rock
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"Could'a been a ladybug on a windchime, but she was born a Dragonfly"

It has always been difficult for me to talk in writing about albums I love dearly, and communicating how much something connects with me on an emotional and personal level. Especially an album that isn't just a favorite album, but the all time favorite. For years my all time favorite album was Helstar's Burning Star, an album that I still love a whole lot and is still among my favorites, but not the top. I never thought it'd ever be topped, I was sure it would always remain. The passion and songwriting on that album is fantastic, but The Elephant Riders kept climbing and climbing as time went on and speaks to me in so many different ways.

I've always really liked The Elephant Riders since I first heard it, but I didn't know how much I would come to love it and how much it would inspire me directly as a songwriter and completely change my idea of what lyricism and songwriting mean.

The Elephant Riders has this very homey production, warm and inviting like a nice fireplace on a brisk day. It brings out Dan Maines's fittingly warm and fuzzy basslines to their fullest, and Tim Sult's guitar tones are simultaneously massive like the elephants they're riding and clean like freshly fallen leaves. Jean-Paul Gaster's drums ignite the total groove that all instruments thrive in. Clutch perfects a blend of southern blues and metal that was almost lost when the stupid idea that blues can't make metal came about. These riffs curbstomp that idea. I used to be more closed-minded and didn't like brass instruments, but the horns in Muchas Veces, hidden track 05, and especially instrumental Crackerjack completely changed that with the trombone adding a lot to these already fantastic songs and helped me start to appreciate these great instruments.

This whole album and band brings me nothing but pure joy, but vocalist Neil Fallon inspires me like no other musician has. He can sing beautifully melodic like the 70's blues and metal vocalists that probably influenced him, and also forceful and rough like his grungy and sludgy contemporaries. His lyrics and songwriting though, that's where he has no equal. Abstract, but not in the philosophical sense, this is passionate poetry. These are words and phrases that work and flow perfectly together, even if they don't make any sense. The vocals become another instrument, and as a songwriter myself, taking that approach to lyrics is incredibly fun and rewarding. The lyrics that open this review, from the closing The Dragonfly, are among my favorites on display, but the whole album is a treasure trove of fantastic rhymes and storytelling.

I've rambled enough, art doesn't get any better than this.


Album · 1995 · Stoner Rock
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Clutch's self-titled album is a fantastic album and great transition from the aggressive sludge metal of their debut to the southern blues metal of The Elephant Riders, mixing both sounds and perfecting both. There's also psychedelic vibes and some great funky rhythms, it basically uses all elements of what Clutch's music has done and would do. Neil Fallon's vocals are still raw and gravelly, yet will sing melodic lines with those vocals as well sometimes a hip hop lyrical flow (Not quite rapping, but it's easy to hear the influence on a song like Texan Book of the Dead). The abstract lyrics are more easily heard, and are just as fantastic as the debut.

Songs like Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw, the bursting with energy Texan Book of the Dead, Escape from the Prison Planet, psychedelic Spacegrass, awesomely titled I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth, the funky and bluesy swagger of Tight Like That, and sludgy Animal Farm are all absolute favorite Clutch tracks of mine and show off how varied the album is.

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

Album · 1993 · Stoner Metal
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Before becoming the fun loving blues metal/hard rock poets that Clutch has made themselves, they were a lot sludgier and aggressive, but the band's lengthy titled debut of Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths is still 100% Clutch.

This is some of the most intense and exuberant sludgy sounding metal I've ever heard, with songs like A Shogun Named Marcus and Rats screaming with aggression, speed, and personality. Binge and Purge takes a more doom quality, before having an explosive climax with lines of "Come on motherfucker, come on motherfucker, let's throw down" which may be the most angry the band's ever been. (Though the delivery of "RRRAAAAATTTS" in the aforementioned Rats is pretty balls-out crushing too) Some songs take a more post-hardcore sounding sludge sound, like Earthworm and Heirloom 13, these sound like nothing else the band's done, but fit in well and it's cool hearing Clutch master such a different style.

Clutch are already masters of personality and songwriting, and Neil Fallon already a lyrical wordsmith. He's said in interviews that he writes lyrics for a song and a melody, rather for them to really have to mean anything beyond being a part of the song. Underworld does similar in the techno world, and I love both bands doing it. It brings some of the best and most creative lyrics and songwriting out there. A rampaging opener like A Shogun Named Marcus is made both relentlessly aggressive with the music and a lot of fun with an infectious chorus. The grungy groove of Walking in the Great Shining Path of Monster Trucks is made even better with fantastic lines like "Well I crashed a Cadillac through the Gates Of Hell and returned with a Fistful Of Dollars" and "Jesse James couldn't even handle it, started looking at me like I was Sanskrit". They're a huge inspiration to me as a lyricist.

Despite being different musically and overall more intense, Clutch's debut is still completely a Clutch album. It would just take a bit of a switch in sound to arrive to where they are now, because the band's personality and pure songwriting talent is all here.

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.


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.

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