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5.0 classic
Clutch The Elephant Riders
This is a classic, no doubt. Following on from the more hardcore/rawer sound of the first two albums this is the sound of a band finding their true sound. The opening four songs are probably the best I have heard on an album.
The title track that kicks off the album is a slow brooding blusey number with a great, almost chanting chorus, this is followed by Ship of Gold which keeps up the bluesy feel but with a harder edge.
Eight time over miss october changes the mood, harking back to the first two albums with a much harsher feel, but does not suffer for this, in fact it is a nice surprise and shows that although the overall sound may have changed the influences are still there.
Soapmakers comes next, and as my favourite clutch song, is an absolute stormer..
Elsewhere on the album Green Buckets keeps up the reputation for silly lyrics dealing with the issue of recycling, Muchas Veces is a tender moment with Neil Fallon showin a higher range to his vocal than seen before. Wishbone is another track which harks back to the first two albums, whilst the Dragonfly is almost prog.I kid you not.
Overall this album shows a true growth from the first two albums, but not in a way that will alienate any fans. Yes there is no Binge and Purge on here and it maybe lacks the urgency of the first two albums but if you have never heard any Clutch before you could do a lot worse than to start with this album,

4.5 superb
Clutch Transnational Speedway League

4.0 excellent
Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus
A good follow up to Blast Tyrant. There are a lot of strong songs on here and I did find a number of them are real growers. The production is a little less slick than Blast Tyrant but this isn't a bad thing and seems to suit the bands sound more. Fallon's lyrics are genius as usual
Clutch Clutch
The first Clutch album I ever heard and as a result one of my favourites. A good combination of their hardcore roots and the spacey feel of to much weed, a good introduction to a great band for the unaware
Clutch Pitchfork and Lost Needles
Clutch Jam Room
Not the strongest set of songs but the album has a great loose feel to it and I love this more live sound, I think it really suits them
Clutch Impetus
Clutch From Beale Street to Oblivion
Another great release, but as an old clutch fan a bit to polished, I wish they would go back to the rawer sound of say Elephant Riders
In Flames Come Clarity
I know they get the selling out thing thrown at them but I have to be honest I do prefer the later stuff, not sure about Dead End though, bit messy!!
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II

3.5 great
Clutch Pitchfork
Clutch Blast Tyrant
Clutch Live At The Googolplex

3.0 good
Clutch Pure Rock Fury
This is my least favourite but it's not down to the songs but the production which is awful. I know they have talked of remixing this album which I think they should as I think then it would be one of my favourites
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