Clutch is one of the most wicked and deliciously un-commercial bands out there, but with their underground status comes PURE GENIUS! Clutch is so misunderstood, but the true appeal of the band’s uniqueness comes through on “The Elephant Riders,” their Columbia Records debut.Frankly, I’m amazed that Columbia even got what this band was about. Imagine taking everything you love about Black Sabbath and classic stoner Rock, update the production, write lyrics that are incredibly clever and make it hip for anyone who’s ever dared to question what hip is. Clutch is everything a Hard Rock fan could want without an ounce of pretentiousness.Clutch’s lyrics sound like they were stolen from the script of “Deliverance,” and their backwoods, fuzzy guitar tones will mystify with their hypnotic groove.Clutch is one of the most under-appreciated bands of the decade – if you don’t own this album, BUY IT. It’s well worth the sonic pleasure it will bring.True fans should seek out their newly released “Jam Room” EP. It’s well worth the effort.