Clutch
Blast Tyrant


4.5
superb

Review

by DaTwig USER (1 Reviews)
February 19th, 2007 | 328 replies | 31,718 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Clutch combines hard rock and blues into one neat package. There is one advantage Clutch has over other bands: they are catchy as hell. Whether it's the riffs, the drum beats, or the words, Clutch's music is guaranteed to refuse to leave your mind.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Take a look at this record's full title, Blast Tyrant's Atlas of the Invisible World Including Illustrations of Strange Beasts and Phantasms, and you will start to have an idea of the strange, quirkiness that surrounds the band Clutch. They are certainly a strange band, combining musical influences of blues, hard rock, and stoner rock all into one neat package.

Clutch is:
Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult - Guitar
Dan Maines - Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums

The first thing that needs to be said about Clutch is the songwriting. While the songs follow a rather traditional format, the musicianship is tight. Everyone in the band works flawlessly together. The riffs are heavy and catchy, the bass grooves, the drums are jazzy, the vocals are deep and powerful, and the lyrics are intelligent yet humorous at the same time. The songs flow rather nicely, and nearly every one contains a solo that works well without being too complicated.

As soon as the album starts, the listener experiences the chemistry of the band. Mercury starts with about a minute of the band jamming together. The song flows well, with the band feeding off of each other's energy. Then vocalist Neil Fallon enters the scene, singing the lyrics "Daedalus, your child is falling and the Labyrinth is calling," in his gruff, deep voice. The song moves on from there with Fallon singing lyrics full of allusions to Greek Mythology. Mercury sets a nice mold for the rest of the album to follow, making a great opener.

A classic example of Clutch's songwriting prowess is the sixth track, The Regulator, the name being a reference to a pendulum clock brand. The name fits rather well, for the song swings back and forth between lighter acoustic parts and heavier, distorted sections much like a pendulum. Both the lighter and heavier aspects are used to their full advantage and one never seems to take precedence over the other. The lyrics are well written as well. Taking a break from the humor, Fallon manages to write meaningful, thoughtful lyrics about the journey of life and the inevitability of death.

My personal favorite aspect of Clutch is the lyrics. Fallon manages to write tongue-in-cheek lyrics that can be serious and politically charged at the same time. Songs like The Mob Goes Wild or Profits of Doom are chock full of social commentary with tongue-in-cheek references. Other songs such as The Regulator and Ghost are much more meaningful. However, there are still plenty of songs like Subtle Hustle and Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes) that are just plain silly. For example, take the opening lines of The Mob Goes Wild, "Please allow me to adjust my pants/ So I may dance the good time dance/ And put the onlookers and innocent bystanders into a trance." It may make little sense, but it’s all in good fun. I'll admit, I’ve caught myself singing it for no apparent reason at times.

However, all of this isn't to say this album is without its faults. Song length is an issue. Many of these songs do not make it over the three and a half minute mark. While at times this works to an advantage, I can't help but want more from some of them, particularly Spleen Merchant and Subtle Hustle. Also, at times, Clutch decides to add something to the end of a song for almost no apparent reason at all. At times, they are nice additions (such as the jam session at the end of Army of Bono) while others are just tedious and boring (like the minute and half of feedback and silence following (Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera) Finally, the last song, Wysiwyg, is fun to listen to the first couple of times, but it loses its potency after a few listens. To me, they could have ended the album on a much better note.

Positives:
+ Solid musicianship.
+ Great songwriting
+ Great lyrics.
+ Catchy.

Negatives:
- Those looking for mind-blowing technical prowess would do better to look elsewhere.
- Songs sometimes seem too short.
- Some noise sections aren’t needed. (Did we really need a minute and half of feedback after (Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera?)
- Wysiwyg seems a little tacked on.

Recommended Tracks
Profits of Doom, The Mob Goes Wild, Cypress Grove, The Regulator, Ghost, and (Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kyle
February 20th 2007



667 Comments


Awesome first review.

Sorry as ever when reviewing this genre, you won't get many comments :S

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
February 20th 2007



215 Comments


Quite a nice review.

Yeah, sorry, you wont get much response on this one.

DaTwig
February 20th 2007



217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, for the comments. I'm not really worried about the amount of response I get. I just thought there needed to be some Clutch reviews, and this is their best CD.
Also, how can I go back and edit this? I need to change the summary because some of it was cut off.

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
February 20th 2007



215 Comments


Go to your profile and click on edit reviews. Then click on this review in the list that comes up. Change whatever you want, then click submit.

DaTwig
February 20th 2007



217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks a lot!

jrowa001
February 20th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so you did review this, good job. excellent album and your review does a great job identifying all the wonderful aspects of this cd. fallon's lyrics are very clever and they flow well with the bluesy riffs. my fav. lyric is, "Condaleeza Rice is nice but i prefer aroni" the rest of that song is awesome. i just got Pure Rock Fury and its pretty good.

DaTwig
February 20th 2007



217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I have most of their cd's and they do a good job of progressing without changing what makes them so successful. For instance, their first cd was much heavier, more metalish, then their self-titled was very stonerish, and this and Pure Rock Fury capture the rock elements, and the newer stuff capturing their blues influences.
Are you ever going to review Robot Hive/Exodus jrowa001? Sputnik could really benefit from more reviews of these guys.

lanethetrain
April 4th 2007



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes

This is the first time a couple of months I check and see someone has finally written a Clutch review. These guys really need more fans. Their to damn good for no one to know who the F these guys are. I told a couple of my friends I was going see Clutch in June, and one my friends asked me who the hell clutch was. I wanted to kick him in his taint. Please for the good of rock humanity, write some more reviews. Do something on their new album which just happens to be some bluesy shit my friend. Thank you so much for the review.

Booyakasha

DaTwig
April 5th 2007



217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks.
I still haven't seen these guys live. I was planning on going when they came to Grand Rapids in March, but I was on a trip then.
I was planning on writing a review of the new album. Maybe I'll get started sooner than I thought.

CushMG15
April 11th 2007



1802 Comments


You should write that. I heard Electric Worry the other day and it was siiiick.

Clutchboy
December 20th 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album but I find the production a bit clean, the production though is a vast improvement on PRF but a bit to much the other way

Great review

rising2anend
April 28th 2008



50 Comments


yea good review i can really only get into a few of their songs but there's no convincing the all knowing josh D lol

Flyboy
August 21st 2008



395 Comments


Wow good review man. Good record, but Clutch > Blast Tyrant. I like the riffs on it better. But the bluesy stuff on this album rawks.

tinathefatlard
September 15th 2008



1597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, i've only heard "mob goes wild" and "cypress grove" and i already want the whole album. it IS catchy as hell, too bad this band is another undiscovered gem on sputnik.

Bfhurricane
March 21st 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good album, just got it today based off of recommendations. It wasn't what I was expecting, hopefully it will grow on me.

DaTwig
March 21st 2009



217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It grew on me for sure, but I thought it was great to begin with so it might not be the same for you. Just out of curiosity, what were you expecting?

Bfhurricane
March 30th 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been listening to this a lot more, now I love it, may bump it to a 4.5 real soon. I was asking for some hard rock/metal and someone recommended this, and I was always the power metal/technical/melodic type so I was naturally expecting something like that. Completely different, but absolutely awesome. The riffs and lyrics are just badass as hell. In fact it sounds a lot like Black Label Society with a bit of Pantera with a ton of blues.

jrowa001
March 30th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i highly recommend getting more of their albums. get their other 2 recent albums, then if you want to go for their earlier albums which are a bit different

Bfhurricane
March 30th 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll definitely look in to them, thanks.

ManicDemise
April 8th 2009



428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of my favorite albums ever. Never gets old for me. My favorite from Clutch.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness



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