I have to say, right off the bat that this is Clutch's best album to date. There's always a split with Clutch fans as to whether Elephant Riders or the self titled is their best (I preferred Pure Rock Fury before this came out) and I think it's a testament to how brilliant they are for their best album to be released 15 years into their existence.
For those who haven't heard Clutch, I cannot really articulate their sound in mere words. They're bluesy (a Howlin' Wolf cover appears here), they're funky and groovy and they can be pretty heavy when they want to be.
The music is top notch stuff; you can tell these boys do it for a living. Jean Paul Gaster is one of the best drummers I've seen live, he pulled out a 10 minute drum solo the first time I sawe them. The rhythm section is tight and grooving. Tim Sult, the guitarist is obviously a Hendrix devotee without going over the top.
Now it's Neil Fallon, the vocalist that really takes Clutch to a new level. He's the make or break point to wether you like Clutch or not. His voice is an acquired taste. It's very gruff and powerful yet not harsh as you'd expect. Described as 'the voice of ten men'!. His lyrics are extremely clever and witty too and you'll be singing them for days to come.
To those who have heard Clutch; then you will not be disappointed. It gathers together all the elements that make them an awesome band and is a culmination of their past efforts. It has the solidity and catchiness of Blast Tyrant, but has the technicality and querkiness of Elephant Riders. The songwriting and consistency is up there with the self titled. Robot Hive/Exodus is chock full or catchy choruses, grooving rhythms, & bluesy riffs & is one of the most infectious albums I've heard.
You'll just have to hear it to understand.