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#1 scott14

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 02:08 PM

A good friend has been trying to get me into Clutch for a couple of years now.  Lacking new music recently I finally caved and picked up a copy of 2004's Blast Tyrant.  For all intents and purposes this is a band I shouldn't like for a few reasons:  I've never been much for that testosterone fueled vocal style, I don't listen to much "redneck rock", and I've never been a fan of Sublime, who Clutch can sound like at times.  But all that said, Blast Tyrant is an awesome album!  The playing is great, the lyrics manage to be poignant enough to counterbalance the tongue-in-cheek redneck-ishness, and the vocalist manages some great blues and soul stylings in his singing to balance out the beefiness.  There's a great sense of underlying melody and some killer hooks mixed into a band that on the surface I'd dismiss as a Three Doors Down/Godsmack/Sublime mish-mash.  This is the kind of relationship I have with Opeth, where I'm not a fan of Death Metal, but they're a band that's managed to elevate an atypical style to my tastes with talent, creativity, and finesse.



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 02:16 PM

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 02:40 PM

So I definitely like The Regulator and Ghost (the more melodic tunes) best on Blast Tyrant.  Any recommendations on where to go next in their catalog?



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 02:51 PM

My favourite is Robot Hive/Exodus. As for their "redneckness", I'm not sure what you mean by that but the lyrics seem to get less obtuse on their later records, imo.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 03:28 PM

I fucking love Clutch and have posted about them a bunch over the years. But, as usual, if it isn't Yes, Genesis, Dream Theater or Porcipine Tree hardly anyone gives a shit.

I don't get your redneck description either but to each their own.

Also, this ought to ruffle a few feathers but for my money, Clutch>Tool. There, I said it.
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Posted 14 June 2014 - 03:39 PM

Clutch rock.

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 03:56 PM

My favourite is Robot Hive/Exodus. As for their "redneckness", I'm not sure what you mean by that but the lyrics seem to get less obtuse on their later records, imo.

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There's A Woman On The Hill In A Wide Brimmed Hat
With A Shotgun, .44,
And A Big Blood Hound In The Back Of A Jacked Up Ford.

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And All Them Women Drunk All The Time
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And Now His Daughters All Dress In Black



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 03:58 PM


Also, this ought to ruffle a few feathers but for my money, Clutch>Tool. There, I said it.

Yeah I like them so far, but no.



#9 RushDoggie

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:30 PM

Love them! They are a funky mix of blues/funk and hard rock....you gotta take the time to listen and get enveloped by the music to truly appreciate it. Theres a groove, a head bang and a yell. They are not a band that I would think I would like either, but I totally do.

 

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:45 PM

I didn't mean to offend with the "redneck" description, but there is some country rock/southern-baked blues mixed into their style, and that's not usually my style.  Trucks and guns and ten cent gin...  That kinda stuff.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:57 AM

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:12 AM

Synchromesh or Crashbox? :)

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:16 AM

What the fuck's a frush?

What the fuck are robster craws?

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:23 AM

Actually, saw em in Portland during the epic WORF weekend.

I was very stoneded.

And my snoring prowess became nationally known.


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#15 scott14

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:43 PM

Anyway, I have Earth Rocker and Robot Hive: Exodus on the way for my listening pleasure.   :P  I'm still absorbing Blast Tyrant, great stuff.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:58 PM

I listened to Earth Rocker for the first time on my commute home last night, sounds good, but wasn't instantly enamored like I was with Blast Tyrant.  Except with this song, which is pure awesomeness...

 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:57 PM

Bit of a Rush lyrical reference here, no?

 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:47 PM

Bit of a Rush lyrical reference here, no?

 

Aye.

 

That song was my first exposure to Clutch and I probably tuned in because of that.


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 03:39 PM

My estimation of Clutch is continuing to grow.  Earth Rocker is a great album, and I do like Robot Hive/Exodus.  I prefer their hard rock style to the jam band thing, and the second half of Robot Hive goes very jammy and starts to lose my interest.   Earth Rocker focuses more on blues based hard rock.  Blast Tyrant is still the pinnacle, an album that just fires on all cylinders, but I've added Pure Rock Fury to the collection, and it is PURE ROCK AWESOME.  Fantastic album, close second to BT.

 

I'm also going to see them on December 29 at Starland Ballroom in NJ.  Pretty effin' stoked about that.



#20 Rick N Backer

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:48 PM

I have Blast Tyrant and Robot Hive:Exodus and love 'em both!  Tried a few other albums but they didn't grab me quite as much as these two.  Some of the best lyrical wordplay ever though.






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