As I was reading my email that gave access to a stream of this album, I almost passed out. I didn’t have to wait as long as I thought to hear it. If you know Clutch, then you would believe that anything that comes from them is going to be good. With their last release, Earth Rocker, being such a success, you can only wonder if they would top it. Most Clutch fans have no doubt. All of us had been anxious to hear it.
With that, I give you Psychic Warfare. Just as ‘in your face’ as they have always been, this album, like the others, holds no punches. I was not disappointed in the least. Tough and smooth in the same stroke of a pick, these guys are forever masters of the groove, blues, metal genre that they have almost single-handedly created.
From the intro of “X-Ray Vision” to the last note of “Son of Virginia,” there is not one dull moment. The momentum will shift from a few songs, but the overall stamina and grab-you-by-the-throat rhythms will not let go until you can hit the stop button… The fact is that you won’t want to.
The depth of the music and the intelligence of the lyrics are never questioned when you hear the voice of Neil Fallon. His tones and characteristics fit the notes so well. He’s a natural with the hurtful yet therapeutic feel of the blues. The guitar work of Tim Sult is sheer poetry in front of the smooth flowing rhythms and melodies from the bass of Dan Maines. You can’t have all of the right tempo changes without a stellar percussionist. Jean-Paul Gaster is irreplaceable in that department.
The band went back to Machine to produce this masterpiece. He definitely pulled the right strings with the band once again. The fact that these guys have been playing together for more than 25 years does not hurt the cohesive talents of the band. Their knack for writing show no signs of slowing down or fading out.
When they release an album stream to someone like me, they limit how many times you can pull from it. Apparently I went over my limit. They cut me off from listening to it too much. I couldn’t help myself. I can’t get enough of this new album. The beautiful thing is that every song is stuck in my head and I could recite if you asked.
Until the album is released, I will have to sit and grin like a kid who peaked at his Christmas Present a week early. You can bet your ass that on October 2nd at 12:00 am I will be ready to download the album.