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CLUTCH - PSCHIC WARFARE -Review

Weathermaker | Release Date: October 2 2015




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Some say that Clutch is back, others say they never went away. Some see new opus ‘Psychic Warfare’ as a culmination as all that has come before, while others see it as a less complete, more disjointed project than its mighty predecessor ‘Earth Rocker’.  Our truth is somewhere in the middle of all of that, ‘Earth Rocker’ would have been a mighty hard act to follow for anyone and whilst the temptation surely must have been to make it all over again they didn’t.


There’s still plenty of trademark Clutch crunch and punch, plenty of meat to get through, though there’s a lighter mood here too, more of a party atmosphere.  Whilst some will love the jam-band sound the band has cultivated over the years, here there’s more of a Hard Rock feel
After into courtesy of ‘The Affidavit’; ‘X-Ray Visions’ immediately brings on the rock, whilst ‘Firebirds’ brings the dance and a monumental chorus to the party. So after a decent opening salvo it’s time to up the ante and the Southern rocker ‘A Quick Death In Texas’ really gets things started and the drink flowing.


There’s a lot to like here from the classic retro rock of ‘Sucker for the Witch’ and the great guitars in ‘Doom Saloon’ to the balladry of ‘Our Lady of Electric Light’ and blues of ‘Son of Virginia’. It is however the heavier material that really wins through with ‘Noble Savage’ and ‘Behold The Colossus’ both displaying different aspects of late seventies British Hard Rock, and doing it very well indeed.


It’s a volatile record in a way, chemically all over the place, but as a pure Rock and Roll album it really hits the spot.

 

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


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