Clutch – Psychic Warfare

Bolstered by the success of ‘Earth Rocker’ and its leaner, more direct sound, Clutch are back with arguably their best album yet, pouring everything they’ve got into 11 hip-shaking miniature epics that come across like the soundtrack to the greatest Tarantino film never made. Conjuring up whole novels in three minute blasts, lyricist and vocalist Neil Fallon is on the form of his life, barking surreal southern sermons over the band’s slinky riffs like a bizarre parody of a Nicolas Cage film, summing up everything he does with one simple, but effective phrase – verbal arson. Meanwhile, whether pumping the pure rock fury on tracks like ‘X-Ray Visions’ and ‘Firebirds!’, or channelling the spirit of the delta on ‘Our Lady of Electric Light’ and ‘Son of Virginia’, the band are never less than sublime, fine tuning what was already a pretty incredible formula to turn out the album of a lifetime. Considering the trajectory Clutch are on at the moment, fans should be very excited for the future.


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