Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Clutch record that ran in the NME a few months ago. I liked the fact that I managed to crowbar in a Mighty Thor reference!
STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST
It’s somewhat reassuring to discover that Maryland-based beardy blues-smiths Clutch can still bring down the thunder like the Mighty Thor himself nine albums down the line. While the harsher edges of previous efforts like ‘Pure Rock Fury’ and ‘Elephant Riders’ have been sanded off long ago, frontman Neil Fallon still has a bucket-load of fire and brimstone left in his belly and no-one does the possessed preacher man schtick quite like him (’50,000 Unstoppable Watts,’ ‘Freakonomics’). Fans of comic books, corn-fed hip hop, wrestling, and bobbing your head in a rhythmic fashion will undoubtedly get whipped into a frenzy by Clutch’s groove machine and their ballsy brand of Sabbath-esque boogie woogie seems to just get better with age. Edwin McFee
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