You’ve got to give Clutch credit. Despite being one of the most revered and underrated bands in the hard rock/metal genre, they continue to pump out excellent albums one after another, and “Robot Hive/Exodus” is no exception. Taking a step back with the more metal aspects of their sound and fusing an almost funk sound with blues and classic rock, Clutch’s diversity can be seen to full effect. The driving rhythms that fuel the opening “Incomparable Mr. Flannery”, “Burning Beard”, “Gullah”, and “Never Be Moved” are must listens, but the band really shows their stuff on “10001110101″ and “10,000 Witnesses”. The previously mentioned tracks are standouts, but make no mistake that there is not one track on this album that you’ll want to skip through. “Robot Hive/Exodus” is one of those few albums that come along every once in a while that will leave you in awe, and it’s a modern day Clutch masterpiece. It’s a perfect place to start for new fans, and it’s definitely one of, if not the, best albums of the year in ANY musical genre.