Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”

Clutch is one of those bands that consistently blows my mind with their music. They can put out a new song, that seems to go mostly unnoticed by the masses, then when you find it and hear it all you can think is, “Where the hell has this song been my whole life?”

In listening to their latest offering in the newly released Psychic Warfare, I was once again left dumbfounded.

Neil’s vocals slap you in the face with an inspiring aggression and a level of rock n roll, ass-kicking attitude found too few and far between these days.

Songs like X-Ray Visions and Firebirds bring a vintage Lemmy-esque feel, where rich gritty vocals are lined with punk/metal hybrid instrumentals. The pace of these sonic assaults are perfect for keeping your heart rate elevated and your fist pumping in the air.

If you need a true pick me up, just throw on Noble Savage, crank the dial to 12, and rock and fucking roll. This song is the killer on this album. Glorious rock breathing fast-paced fire into your veins.

But don’t go thinking this album is a one trick pony. Queue up track eight and you have Our Lady Of Electric Light, a true classic. Its slow and sexy. The wobbly waves of the guitar wash across you and the vocals are commanding, this one is a keeper. It feels a bit medieval, but that makes it that much more glorious.

Closing out the album is Son Of Virginia. The song is a good-night, farewell anthem that lays down a thick lick riff and peppers it with just enough of a good’ol boy vibe, as the title would imply. You are left with a twangy rock song to play as the bar lights turn on, and you are ushered out the door to sleep it off.

As I said earlier on, Clutch is consistent. Psychic Warfare is a compilation of true rock, with little frills to hide behind.

If you haven’t picked it up, get your ass out the door and grab it now.

Track List:
01. The Affidavit
02. X-Ray Visions
03. Firebirds
04. A Quick Death In Texas
05. Sucker For The Witch
06. Your Love Is Incarceration
07. Doom Saloon
08. Our Lady Of Electric Light
09. Noble Savage
10. Behold The Colossus
11. Decapitation Blues
12. Son Of Virginia

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