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on 2 March 2007
clutch's fifth studio album released in 2001 is another belting album that strikes as great on first listen but repeated listens reveal the album to be even better than that,it is clear that this album isnt as bluesy and groovy as their latter output but thats not to say that this album isnt catchy as there are some amazing riffs laden throughout,it is certainly more of a rock album than a blues based groove n roll album is what im getting at.

The album opens with a metal riff drenched in thrash and you will get that head of yours banging but its a clever ploy because after thirty seconds the sound of clutch is evident as they ditch the metal riff for a rockier one and business is restored as neil fallons voice brings the glory to the song.On pure rock fury fallons vocals are again effortless but not as refined as they would become on blast tyrants but he is still the ultimate frontman for this kind of music,and again his lyrics are kooky and insane yet intelligent,go figure!

The album contains two live tracks that showcase the brilliance of clutch and the main tracks worth pointing a finger at for their excellence include 'careful with that mic','the great outdoors''smoke banshee','frankenstein' and the brilliang 'immortal'.There is enough melody to sink the titanic here and also enough to rock you,after all the album is called 'pure rock fury',i need say no more.
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After adding trumpets and saxaphones into their sound on 1998's The Elephant Riders album and releasing the very loose and live sounding Jam Room album in 1999, Clutch decided to move in a different direction and released Pure Rock Fury.

Released in 2001, against the height of the Nu Metal movement, Pure Rock Fury found Clutch delivering a very focused and direct set of hard and heavy songs. Almost sounding a reaction to Jam Room's loose and jammed out nature, this album sounds lazer-beam focused and is the band's most rehearsed and `produced,' sounding record to date. Just compare the reworked version of `Sinkemlow,' found here with `Sink `Em Low,' from Jam Room to understand the difference.

The album contains a fair amount of fast and hard rock songs with a metal edge to the sound, which fully justifies the album's title. Don't be concerned about a lack of variety however, tempos vary and there is still a lot of groove on the album. The album even contains the track "Careful With that Mic..." which is done in a rap metal style, only with Clutch's own unique sense of humour.

Highlights include the musically impressive `Red Horse Rainbows,' and the lyrically impressive `The Great Outdoors,' as well as the evocative `A Drink To The Dead.'

Pure Rock Fury is a very unique album, even within the band's own catalogue and no other Clutch album really sounds much like this. The production job is unlike any of their other more 70s influenced production jobs, and the songs are all fairly short and direct.

Even though the superficial differences cause Pure Rock Fury to sound different to other Clutch albums, it is still a great record that gets even better with repeat listens, full of the same musicianship and brilliant lyrics that make the band so vital. New comers may be better suited trying a different album to get a better feel of the band's sound overall. Clutch fans should all buy a copy, and enjoy Clutch as seen through a different filter than usual.
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on 20 August 2014
Much better than their previous studio work, this album is where Clutch, in my opinion, began to rise above all others. Every album afterwards had new and interesting sounds to it, and they were all amazing.
The album begins with "American Sleep", my least favourite track. When I first heard the album and this came on I was weary.
However, the second track, "Pure Rock Fury", annihilated any doubt I had in my mind. The track does what it says on the tin.
"Open Up the Border" follows, it's sort of meh.
"Careful with that Mic" next, features Neil Fallon rapping. Normally, I do not like songs mixing rap with heavy music, but this one is making fun of bands who do just that, so it's quite humorous.
"Red Horse Rainbow", "The Great Outdoors" and "Smoke Banshee" range from average, to good, to average respectively.
The rest of the album is good from "Frankenstein".
It's still not Clutch's finest, but the next one would be...
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on 12 January 2003
This is not an album you can hope to digest in one, two or even six listens. There is simply to much energy, too many ideas and lyrical gems contained within in these tracks for your brain to take it all on board.... it might even put you off at first.... and yeah it's stoner/heavy/hard rock.... and for that I'm truly grateful because this really is one of those albums that stomps all over the idea that the genre is a tired lumbering dinosaur. Music this vital makes supposedly more progressive bands sound as if they should be playing on a bandstand on some little country village green on Sunday afternoons to old people who
can't become too excited for fear of inducing a heart attack.
I suppose if you want comparisons (i always do) think Black Sabbath/Deep Purple with the latter's virtuoso talent poured into a musical blender (instead of spent on drum solos and concertos) and Tom Waits' mushroom addled younger brother on vocals (possibly). In fact if there was one album I could compare this too it would be Deep Purple's "in rock" as it has a similarly huge groove and sense of unrestrained fury...
All in all a top album that I'd recommend to anyone who likes hard rock playing hard to get.
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on 8 January 2002
While nu-metal maybe the in vogue sound of metal right now, there are plenty of bands out there who are quietly fashioning an alternative and more original style in the many sub-genres of this most mighty of categories; stoner rock (into which this platter probably falls), hardcore and thrash to name but three.
I was hitherto unfamiliar with this band who do have a number of early releases, but "Pure Rock Fury" puts them fairly and squarely on the map, with its huge, overwhelming sound; the strangulated fuzz guitar riffs like a bastard throughout and is very heavy, without a duff track in sight (always a good sign). If forced, one might say it's Led Zep meets Kyuss, but you need to check these guys out for yourself.
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on 28 June 2014
People often say that albums of quality are timeless,this is true in this case,pure rock fury is absolutely brilliant,I just seen them live a month ago and they played a couple of songs of this album and it's as good live as it is on cd,just get it
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on 15 October 2001
Even though I do not agree with the previous reviewer's very narrow deifnition of what it means to rock (I love the fact that people are embracing different musical genres and cultures and causes to make a more whole musical tapestry) it really must be said that this is one of the best albums of all time EVER by any band. Without the slightest doubt in my mind I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who loves real, powerful, emotional, unpretentious ROCK! PURE GENIUS!
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on 24 July 2013
This is such a great hard rock album and expected from Clutch. Their sound is raw and is a perfect soundtrack for a long drive.
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on 12 May 2014
full on grunge rock clutch just do their thing so well...more blues reqd to get 5* may be a slow burner on me...
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on 12 April 2016
Hard and heavy, proper hard rock, with riffs and furious songs.
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