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CD Clutch Earth Rocker review

CLUTCH

EARTH ROCKER

2013

 

EARTH MOVERS

 

From the uncompromising groove of the title track ‘Earth Rocker’ with its lip-smacking refrain to the chorus it’s safe to imagine that Clutch will again deliver the goods: with this very consistent veteran band it’s usually always the case just a matter of the magnitude of the offering. Some have been touting this as Clutch’s best yet, now that would be something…

 


Well now free of their label it appears (in interviews) that we may well be seeing a happier band – four years since their last outing they have had the time to spend in pre-production where previously it has been alleged that the ‘label-treadmill’ hadn’t afforded them that luxury in the past and as a result they never quite got what they wanted.

 


Whatever the reason may be this certainly is a strong album. Coming across like the usual blues-laden freight train, without the sometimes distracting jams, there’s enough menacing groove here to flatten a small city.  "Crucial Velocity" is lean and to the point, and both "The Face," and "Cyborg Bette" jump out at you on initial listens for very different reasons. As you ease in though its songs like the slower "Gone Cold" jumps out – supremely confident, like molten metal rolling serenely down the hill to envelop all in its path.

 


This is a great album, undeniably Clutch, strong and lean throughout, it may not be their finest in retrospect but it’s very consistent and has the added confidence and an almost ‘live’ feel to it that bodes well for the future. One to savour!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CLUTCH EARTH ROCKER CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013