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  • Don’t be fooled by the mid-tempo introduction, Clutch releases all their energy right from the get go on “Pure Rock Fury”. You want brutal angry rock? You got it! “12oz. Epilogue” and “The Soap Makers” keep the fires of hell burning. Clutch isn’t all about temperament, “Brazenhead” and “El Jefe” shows their, dare I say funky side. These tracks are just a few that display a fondness for that 70’s sound. You have to love the riff on “Sea of Destruction”. The song is heavy, but with the inclusion of a melodic lick. “Rats” on the other hand has a strong and somewhat eerie riff throughout. Oh yeah! How can you not bob your head after hearing the ominous laugh that begins “Careful with that Mic…”. Neil Fallon is at his lyrical, tongue-twisting best here. Clutch add a longer than usual conclusion to the track which is sure to please. I must say that I was impressed that Clutch worked ‘hee haw, hee haw’ into the chorus of “Rock and Roll Outlaw”. Never did I think those words would ever be used seriously in a rock song. Bottom Line:There’s no denying that Clutch is a great live band. They blew me away when I saw them last fall. Unfortunately, Live at the Googolplex, doesn’t capture the true experience. The recordings were spread out between three different performances and somehow the crowd is not very prevalent. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the music. Even though Clutch is a rock band, they have a great funk vibe to them. It was evident in the extended interludes. Neil’s harsh vocal style embodies the lifestyle of a rock and roll road warrior. Some of his sarcastic lyrics are humorous. If you want to hear a great sampling of Clutch’s music, this disc is a good place to start.

    Posted on November 28, 2009