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ALBUM OF WEEKS 10 & 11: EARTH ROCKER

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Probably some of you are thinking I’m having some kind of mental short-circuit, mistaking weeks. Let me confirm you they are correct. No matter that Earth Rocker has been world wide launched today, March 19th, also St Joseph and the Father’s Day in Spain, the album leaked few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been listening to Clutch’s last work intensely.

For those pointing a finger on me, let me remind you I seldom download music, Earth Rocker was pre-ordered more than one month ago but this time I couldn’t resist listening to it immediately, and as far as I can tell, the band has been publishing videos and also streaming the albums these previous days…

I’ve been holding myself up in order not to post on the album earlier. It had to be today, on the proper date of release.

Pre-ordering was determined by the impact of the first single, Earth Rocker. I had to listen to it 5 times in a row, totally blasted by its power. To put it into words, the 20 seconds intro already reveal you should take a run-up to face a massive sound stroke right in your face. A repetitive, catchy and brutal chorus created to become an anthem, and  a sequence of awesome lines working as a strong declaration of principles:

IF YOU’RE GONNA DO IT, DO IT LIVE ON THE STAGE, OR DON’T DO IT AT ALL

I WILL SUFFER NO EVIL, MY GUITAR WILL GUIDE ME THROUGH

I WILL SUFFER NO EVIL, AND THIS TIME, I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU

This song is a mega upper. Completely proved. You know this feeling of empowering music’s effect  all of a sudden you want to throw things through the window and feel kinda Hulk? Eeeeer, nope? Ok, I’ll bring out this subject the day I visit a shrink, I promise. Anyway, this hit single is perfect to attract people like me who, at that time, weren’t proper fans of the band. Considering I was experimenting my first moments of pleasure related to Clutch thanks to Strange Cousins, this was definitely a propeller to seek for more.

I like the way this band has been promoting the album for the last two months. People weren’t yet recovered from this first burst from Earth Rocker when Clutch decides to send us another gift, also to celebrate the world tour start in the States. Crucial Velocity, the second cut of the album first opens with the amazing wonders played on drums by JP Gaster, followed by a slower stanza marked by a groovie repetive guitar riff, and the voice of Fallon which reminds me here of good ol’ Wyndorf’s melodies and phrasing. Chorus is faster and powerful, but perhaps not as overwhelming as the previous song. Still, with this second song, it was already assured Earth Rocker was to be a winner.

Temptation was there, and when the album leaked a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t resist and attacked it eagerly. The verdict is simple and predictable: direct to 2013 top 5 albums released, no matter it’s still March. Impressive.

Earth Rocker makes a difference from last stuff released, and well, having in mind I’ve recently become  a fan and am literally swallowing as much as possible in a short period of time, it’s true I’ve found a return to earlier stages, leaving behind part of their groove, recovering a heavier sound and harder riffs.

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The first 5 songs are demolishing, one after the other, not only the two singles mentioned, but also Mr Freedom, and D.C. Sound Attack which sounds super classy thanks to the harp. The turning point created with the slow and intense Cold Gone is required and welcome, so to take a deep breath and count till ten, and face the second half of the album, which the more I listen to it, the more I’m appreciating its songs. In fact Oh Isabella is one of my favorite tracks, and Book, Saddle, And Go is a killer.

So this is my first Clutch’s new release experience, and I have to admit I’m thrilled because it’s a great product.

Even though I attended one of their shows at a festival, truth is that Clutch played at 2AM on a Saturday night, which was the third in a row party animal night, and considering I wasn’t acquainted with them plus all the booze in my blood stream, frankly I can’t remember anything. Thus, now I’ll have to wait and get ready for their upcoming visit to Spain in June to complete the whole Clutch experience. I really can’t wait, this has been one of my greatest discoveries in a really long time.

By the way, my CD hasn’t arrived yet. I’M NERVOUS!!!

ALBUM OF WEEK 7: STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST

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Clutch have been there all the time and I never paid any attention. In fact when I was aware hewhocannotbenamed is a huge fan, I tried to avoid them on purpose, so I wouldn’t have another thing in common. However, eventually I had to leave my prejudice aside because I know some people whose musical taste I trust, and they reckon Clutch is one of the hottest rock metal bands.

Would that be the appropriate label to define them? Not very sure, even though it’s true they combine lots of metal, rock and stoner features to create their own sound.

Clutch aren’t new, their career has been constant and stable for more than 20 years delivering both studio and live albums and some Eps. Now it’s time I dive into them and see if the guys from Germantown are as good as everybody says. At this point, I’ve listened to several of their and the outcome is very positive. Not just positive, actually I can’t stop listening to them. Moreover, I’ve already pre-ordered their last release due March 19th, Earth Rocker. I’ve listened to the same titled single and wow! It’s a very appealing teaser of what’s coming. Can’t wait! It’s got an added interest as it will be their first release I’ll be able to share with other fans, you know, first impressions in forums, all this excitement of something knew coming out, and the band visiting Spain in June….Perfect timing to become a fan!

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I’ve been listening to Strange Cousins from the West these past weeks nonstop. It’s got the groove. Rhythm is so perfectly marked by drums and riffs, songs end up being very catchy. Pattern is easy listening and production is so neat you can identify all parts and instruments very easily.

Fallon’s voice is strong and powerful, very attractive. It makes me think of Corrosion of Conformity’s former lead singer Pepper Keenan, even though Clutch’s is more melodic. By the way, I love this song in Spanish “Algo ha cambiado”. It’s way too cool!

Nevertheless, who’s caught my attention in first place is the drummer. Jean-Paul Gaster. Most of you know I dig drums, and once I’ve listened to the whole stuff I go on focusing on each part of the band. In Clutch’s case it’s true they way this album is produced is very easy to analyze the work of the different members of the band and their instruments. And damn, they’re all amazing. But it’s the drummer who marks the outstanding difference from the rest. This guy is awesome. I hadn’t listened to such great quality drummer in very long time, his technique is amazing, and his style is impressive. A great beat marker, not abusing of cymbals, the typical drummer you don’t notice until you start paying attention and you end up flipping for so many tiny arrangements he’s constantly adding. One of these natural born drummers.

After so many albums Clutch have their own sound and their own quality stamp, however I can’t stop thinking of earlier Monster Magnet, being Clutch less progressive and trippy and more straightforward, but having something special in common.

I’m glad about still discovering bands with such energy and rage able to hook me up in the same way as 15 years ago. Now I wonder what if I had discovered Cluth in the 1990’s..Insane!

Hopefully at the end of March Earth Rocker will be commented here. Stay tuned!