Album Review:Clutch-Psychic Warfare(2015)

This album came out in October 2015, but only on cd. I wanted the vinyl so I waited (not so) patiently for mine to arrive.

The Affidavit – Why don’t you just start at the beginning now

X-Ray Visions – After a very brief spoken word to begin the album this song grabs you by the throat and says if you don’t bob your head up and down, I’m gonna kick your bitch ass.

Firebirds! – This song brings me back to my teens when I had lots of money to burn on fast cars. Firebirds were the car of choice. I usually performed the Triple T. T tops, tire smoke and tunes. “But I don’t own a Firebird, perhaps this Datsun will do.” Umm No. “Firebirds! Energy weapons! Both of these things are interesting to me. I don’t care, how you get them. I need them both and need them urgently.” Umm yes.

A Quick Death In Texas – Definite Texas flavour. I had to look to see if one of the Vaughan family members had a hand in this, or perhaps ZZ Top. A warning song to all those men that mess with another man’s wife.

Sucker For The Witch – Wicked, wicked bass rules this song. I have a little bit of an obsession for witches as well. Even if it goes my Catholic upbringing. I am also a sucker for a song that salutes Stevie Nicks, and absolutely kicks some serious ass.

Your Love Is Incarceration – A little bit of funk is never a bad thing. There is a line in the song about “30 days in the hole.” This is not a shout out to Humble Pie, however there definitely is an early 70’s vibe to this song. If Humble Pie had decided to recruit the guys from Funkadelic to record a song, it might have sounded something like this.

Before I flip the record over, I have to listen to this side again. It really is that good.

Doom Saloon – Guitar strums. They fill up this song. One in the foreground and one sounding far away.

Our Lady Of Electric Light – Our lady of awesome, electrified music more like.

Noble Savage – Pounding drums and screaming vocal chants. ‘Unapologetic lifer for rock and roll.” Is Clutch singing about me?

Behold The Colossus – A cool tune about Gargoyle’s that are pissed off, and won’t take it any more. The guitar work here is especially tantalizing.

Decapitation Blues – A little zombie tune never hurt anyone

Son Of Virginia – Like kind of a mellow Godsmack song. The words seem to have a cryptic meaning with a Devil Dog seen on All Saints Day.

This album was on a ton of top ten lists for 2015. I got it in 2016, but it may qualify this year again.

If you are from Australia, here is a message for you.

As for the album

10/10

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Album Review:Clutch-Psychic Warfare(2015)

    • It really is awesome. I have loved this band for years, and this may be their best. It needs a warning for those against shaking their tail feather, for those with a weak heart, or for those with neighbours opposed to music at ultra high decibels.

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  1. Oh man this one is totally on my radar. I really, really like Clutch.

    There’s a dude here in my town I played in a band with very very briefly. Everytime he sees me, he tells me about this new record and when they tour, we’re GOING! Haha I assume I’ll be running into him shortly…

    [adds album to Must Buy list]

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    • Too bad about the vinyl deal. I wanted to buy The Cult-Hidden City on vinyl the day it came out. I even called the North American record company dealing with the sales over here. Even they don’t have the vinyl. Apparently about 2 weeks.
      Brutal. They did offer me a free cd of the album until the vinyl comes in, so I may take them up on that.

      As for the new Clutch, if you love Clutch (who doesn’t) you will love this. Awesome.

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      • Free cd, IF I drive to Toronto and pick it up.
        If I have to go there shortly for other reasons, I might get the cd, but probably not.

        I’m curious. Is the new Cult album available on vinyl over there yet?

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      • J. says:

        I spotted it in a record store yesterday. Was very tempted, but then thought of all the other albums I want (like this one). I need to consult with my spirit guide.

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      • So the new Cult is out over there.
        The guy from the record company over here said the early pressings will be coloured vinyl, so that will be a bonus for early buyers.

        I think I will buy The Cult and the new Monster Truck on the same day next week.

        My spirit guide sounds a lot like Aaron. Whenever he sees a record, he says “give ‘er”.

        Good thing he, my wife, and bank manager don’t converse.

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