Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Clutch - "Full Fathom Five - Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008" CD

Survivors of the 90's alt.rock/metal explosion, Mayland's Clutch have seen their share of ups and downs. Their gigging around the DC area and their sheer perseverance has rewarded them with a 15-year career, and a fair share of fans who've followed the band through the major label days and beyond. This live album, recorded through 4 gigs around the US and Australia, features some big and mean rock - raw and ugly as it should be. Imagine a melding of funky groove metal (think Faith No More, maybe) with heavy post-Sabbath blues riff-rock. It's not elegant or reserved, but more of a sweat-and-spittle sorta thang, well-suited for overloading PAs at clubs and bars. On the blues tip, 'Electric Worry' takes cues from Mississippi Fred McDowell (and also shares a posthumous co-writing credit with), and is among the more successful songs here. The sound is crisp, and the band at the top of their game. Preach on, brothers. (Weathermaker Music)

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