Stoner rock? Post hardcore? Or just rock'n'roll? Thinking in terms of drawers can only inadequately grasp the phenomenon of the clutch. Besides Helmet, they have been regarded for years as those reef grandmasters who cast brachial and filigree shapes into compact forms. Earth Rocker" is also an extremely round thing. But all in all even more than that: The overwhelming energy of this album is not only surprising after the rather deliberate blues approaches of the recent past, it also gives the extremely melodic barrel grooves the icing on the cake that is missing from most similarly positioned bands. In addition, Clutch has a captivating lightness, which is not lost even when the Americans give full throttle. Like Thin Lizzy kissed Agnostic Front. Neil Fallon's vocals are reminiscent of those hardcore ancestors, who crown the emotional interplay of the tight and nuanced arrangements with impetuous passion. In short: Intelligent but compact fuel will have to compete once again with clutch in the near future.
Top track: Book, Saddle & Co.