I know it doesn’t need repeating, but I’ll say it anyway… Maryland stoners Clutch are cooler than you’ll ever be! They swagger around like they own the entire fucking planet and, you know what, they pretty much damn do. If you don’t agree with this by the time they’ve stomped through the title track of this album then you certainly will by the time frontman Neil Fallon howls “step on it” halfway through “Crucial Velocity”.

Earth Rocker is an album that doesn’t even need to try that hard. On it Clutch sound like a band that are jamming at the dirtiest, sleaziest party you could imagine. Fallow drawls “every time you open up your mouth, a load of horse shit comes flying right back out” during “Mr. Freedom” and the bar has well and truly been set putting Earth Rocker on a level that mere mortals like you and me could only dream of.

Memorable from the off, every note played is done with the sort of southern rock swagger that gets your head nodding the minute the first riff kicks in. Oh and that guitar sound – it’s so sweet that you can’t help but smile as they hypnotize you with its groove-laden stomp. Take “Unto The Breach” as a prime example – a thumping, hard-rockin’ behemoth of a song full of fist-stompin’ energy and greased-up guitars. Make no mistake, this is a dirty, greasy, beast of record full of infectious choruses and simple but unforgettable riffs which will quickly have you fall under its spell.

Anyone who has seen Clutch live will testify that watching the band hold the attention of an entire room is something quite special, so you know that the drawling, hulking, sexually-charged groove of “Cyborg Bette” cannot fail to turn even the most hardened, hairiest, toughest of rockers into a gyrating, grinding idiot. Don’t try and fight it either because to try and fight the hypnotic groove of this record is a fruitless task – you will lose.

Track Listing:

01. Earth Rocker
02. Crucial Velocity
03. Mr Freedom
04. D.C. Sound Attack!
05. Unto The Breach
06. Gone Cold
07. The Face
08. Book, Saddle And Go
09. Cyborg Bette
10. Oh, Isabella
11. The Wolf Kindly Requests…

Run Time: 44:30
Release Date: March 19, 2013

Check out the song “Earth Rocker”


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.