September 28, 2022

Clutch – Sunrise On Slaughter Beach Review

groove rock

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September 16, 2022

Line up:

Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards

Tim Sult – Guitar

Dan Maines – Bass

Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums

List of tracks:

1 – Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)

2 – Slaughter Beach

3 – Mountain of Bones

4 – Nosferatu Mother

5 – Brown Mercy

6 – We strive for excellence

7 – Skeletons on Mars

8 – Three golden horns

9 – Jackhammer Our names

Clutch overwhelmed me a bit, don’t get me wrong, I really liked everything I heard, but I just haven’t had time to listen to them properly – until now. It’s right on my street. Heavy, melodic and borderline stoner – that will suit me.

A drum and a hoarse guitar are heard in the distance then a big audacious riff shoots out from the speakers and it’s time for ‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)’. It’s big, loud rock n roll with Sult and Maines playing the riff and Fallon roaring above but his power controlled and groovy as hell. ‘Slaughter Beach’ goes down a bit – heavier – it stomps like a hooligan on the prowl on another of those huge riffs before the funkier ‘Mountain Of Bone’. ‘Nosferatu Madre’ brings back the stomp and a real stoner groove then ‘Mercy Brown’ becomes a little southern gothic where the guitars chime rather than crush and Fallon shows another side of her voice. Things get punk on ‘We Strive For Excellence’ before the groove comes back in full force on ‘Skeletons On Mars’. “Three Golden Horns” is introduced with a brief dinner jazz tune, then it opens with another huge rocker before Gaster’s tribal beat begins “Jackhammer Our Names” – it’s dark and doom with a great performance from Fallon.

The clutch really does its own thing. The music has a base of Led Zep and Black Sabbath, but they put their own spin on it to make it unique. I can’t fault that. It’s heavy, bubbly rock that you can dance to, get high on and headbang to at the same time.

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed By: Smudge

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