Clutch
Sunrise On Slaughter Beach


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (432 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2022 | 6 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Sunrise on Slaughter Beach may not have the scope of Clutch’s absolute best albums, it’s a swell change of pace

Clutch is one of those bands whose style doesn’t change too much overall, but you start noticing different phases pop up through their career when you look a little closer. Their thirteenth full-length, Sunrise on Slaughter Beach, feels like the start of a new phase much like Earth Rocker and Blast Tyrant before it. It’s the band’s shortest album to date at a compact thirty-three minutes and features a cleaner, more laid-back execution that diverts from the hard-driving approach of their 2010s trilogy.

Tracks like the opening “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)” and “We Strive for Excellence” still feature the fast-paced hard rock of albums past but the album’s best songs tend to come from the more relaxed pacing. “Slaughter Beach” is a particular highlight with its heady stomp and catchy chorus, the backing vocals on “Nosferatu Madre” remind me of their acolytes in Mississippi Bones, and “Jackhammer Our Names” has the sort of sea shanty refrain that feels like an update of “Drink to the Dead.”

While Sunrise on Slaughter Beach may not have the scope of Clutch’s absolute best albums, it’s a swell change of pace. I’m into the watery oceanside vibe on tracks like “Mercy Brown” and the production is considerably more leveled out compared to the brickwalling that defined 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions. It feels like the closest they’ve come to true stoner rock in some time yet still features all the wit, chemistry, and charisma that is unmistakably them. If it’s not the start of a new phase, then it’s at least an easygoing yet engaging breather.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2022


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Nice review, pos'd! Agree with most of your points as well.

lucazade22
September 22nd 2022


706 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Mercy Brown rocks but not loving the rest

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2022


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some cool rocking tunes on this album. I enjoy the short length, 35-40 min albums work best for them IMO.

rockarollacola
September 24th 2022


1875 Comments


clutch'ma ballz

combustion07
September 24th 2022


11083 Comments


Last album I jammed was Psychic Warfare and I love it and still play it every now and then. Played a handful of tracks from this the other day and wasn't really feeling it tbh. I wasn't in much of a Clutch kinda mood either though so I'll come back to it soon when I'm in the proper headspace. Great review

Cimnele
September 24th 2022


2385 Comments


i like the girls in crab masks from the video. giggle. but this kinda stoner rock always just feels overcooked, stylized in a way i'll never like



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