Monday, February 22, 2010

an underrated album

Clutch's Elephant Riders - released in 1998, it's still one of my favorite metal albums to throw in and rock out to.
The title track's howl -  "elllll aahhhhhhh phaannnnttt riders to the noooorth" is unmistakably Clutch, both as a band and concept.

The whole album reflects a groove sensibility blanketed in heavy guitar riffs and a driving bassline. It's a straight through, skip-no-songs sort of album, but if you're unfamiliar with Clutch and want a sampler, I'd steer you to the three following songs:
(1) Elephant Riders - otherwise you don't know what all the fuss is about. You can listen to this last, though; the Salty Dog is always open.
(2) Muchas Veces - I love the lyrics of this one. And it breaks down into this groove. . . "I went down to the riverside . . . "
Muchas Veces I don't know if I'm comin' or I'm goin' . . .
(3) Wishbone - burn it, rip it, or torrent it whole, no two ways about it get the song Wishbone (on the losing end)

Clutch's best album. Fun as hell.
And one of the songs is about a yeti.
I do have the time, albino wookie. Time to listen to some more Clutch.

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