Thursday, May 17, 2007

Clutch-The Elephant Riders (1998)

Clutch combined elements of funk, Led Zeppelin, and metal with vocals inspired by Faith No More. Formed in 1991 in Germantown, MD, the group included Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums). They built a local following through constant gigging, and after just one 7" single (the classic Earache release "Passive Restraints") Clutch was signed by EastWest Records.

Moving to a major label hardly dilutes Clutch's music. The Elephant Riders finds the band continuing the stylistic breakthroughs of Clutch, sharpening their guitar attack while adding subliminal elements of funk to their rhythms. Furthermore, their songwriting has strengthened; no longer are they simply riff-oriented rockers who get off on the sheer force of sound, turning in a set of consistently strong songs that suggest a song cycle. It's an impressive effort that hopefully should bring them an audience the size of Deftones, if not Korn.

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Anonymous said...

thanks for this

H. said...

np. I recently rediscovered this cd when a friend of mine mentioned them after hearing The Deli Creeps. They are similar sounding in alot of ways.

Check the archives for the Deli Creeps if interested. It was one of my first few posts.

Thx for the comment.

XMP said...

you from the dc area? alot of my old punk friends used to party with Clutch back in the day. i was a bit too young and barely missed that era :(