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Clutch: other bands might as well pack up their tents and think about heading home

Eloquent and amplified, Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is the best Clutch album yet

Clutch: Sunrise On Slaughter Beach cover art
(Image: © Weathermaker)

Latter-day Clutch are enjoying something of a creative purple patch – if you can call the past 10 years since Earth Rocker a patch. 

The sophistication and breadth of their songwriting has escalated to the point that each album is now an exercise in lyrical artistry with the kind of aural impact usually associated with a comet hitting the Earth. Sunrise On Slaughter Beach saunters out of the gate like a book of notable American fiction orchestrated by Motörhead, Mastodon and John Lee Hooker

There’s a remarkable sense of interplay, open space, hard rock and ambition that suggests most other bands might as well pack up their tents and think about heading home. 

It’s hard to pick gems from a sea of diamonds, but tracks like the juddering Slaughter Beach, the roiling Mountain Of Bone or the shadowy menace of Mercy Brown will ring around your head long after the music’s stopped.

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Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.