"Psychic Warfare"
Weathermaker Records
By Sally A. Schwartz

I first heard tidbits from "Psychic Warfare" when I was lucky enough to catch Clutch in April at the Marquee in Tempe, Arizona. While they were on still on a support tour with Mastodon for their album, "Earth Rocker," the band gave their fans a glimpse of what was yet to come.

The album has been released, giving me a second opportunity to enjoy Clutch's new material. "Psychic Warfare" has not let the fans down in fact I think that they have taken it to another level. 

The song, "X-ray Vision," is hard-core in-your-face, putting together the elements for their best use. The drums deliver nothing but the finest vibes that get your heart pounding, the bass keeps the fluidity of the music in check, the guitar gives nothing but high energy and the vocals pull in the fan's ear with mesmerizing quality.

Track five, "Sucker for the Witch," is one of my favorites and Iím really digging the blues based "Our Lady of Electric Light."  I love it when a song can generate a visual and this song does that for me. "Noble Savage" brings you right back into the Clutch that we know. 

As for "The Son of Virginia," I have to say I love it. I did wonder if the song was inspired by the 2007 movie of the same-- it is what first popped into my head when I saw the title and heard the lyrics.  We all fight our own demons though, donít we? So maybe that is what the song is really about.

To round this album up, Clutch fans will not be disappointed. I donít know how the abdn does it but they always seem to outdo their last album and this album is no different. I really love this album and I think fans will be overjoyed with the energy that this album produces. Awesome job!

Album on Weathermaker Label.

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