- Audio CD (28 Aug. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: Republic of Music
- ASIN: B003ZFVI8U
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
ROBOT HIVE/EXODUS CD+DVD
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This one's a lot more laid-back and sounds more like regular stoner rock, the way Slow Hole To China did. There's some awesome songs though, like 10001110101 and Gullah, and the new keyboardist puts churchy organs into the slow songs and Meters-style solos into the instrumentals.
They really should have kept Machine at the production controls. Blast Tyrant was punchy and gave Neil's voice the richness it deserves. Here the instrumental passages slip into the background and his voice sounds a bit thin. As ever, Neil's lyrics make you sit up and think "did he really say that?".
It took a while for BT to grow on me, so maybe i'll warm up to this one later on. But for now it's another solid Clutch album, but not in the league of BT or Elephant Riders.
This is the album Queens of the Stone Age should have produced. It grooves in a way not heard since "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" and Clutch seem to have finally lived up to the titles of their previous albums: The Jam Room and The Elephant Riders. Imagine the MC5 if Howlin' Wolf were the lead singer and was attempting to imitate Johnny Cash while covering Black Sabbath. This is how good this album is. I don't give maximum marks easily and hesitate to do so here but it is the only new album of the last two years I can imagine raving about to people.
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.
Neil Fallon impresses as usual with his utterly unique and spectacular vocals and lyrics, which help make Clutch one of the most fun and interesting bands out there. Complex political theory and obscure historical references sit beside bizarre surrealist imagery and odd juxtapositions; all delivered in amazing croons, growls and soulful shouts.
The band; now augmented with keyboards, are on top form musically delivering their usual standard of impressive virtuosic moments mixed with the subtle and restrained styles that define them. Big riffs, noodley jams and extremely tight rock beats all sit seamlessly together from an astounding collective of brilliant musicians.
The album is one of strong highlights, such as the bluesy slow number `Gravel Road,' which erupts into a gigantic riff after its slide guitar intro, or the heavy and intense `Burning Beard,' which has a furious impact with its dramatically urgent verses. In addition to `10001110101,' which makes amazing use of the band's talents.
The album is solid all the way through however, and tracks like `Never Be Moved,' and `Subtle Hustle,' that don't have a definitive handle to instantly identify them by, like `the slow one,' or `the heavy one,' are still a brilliant set of top quality enjoyable rock music, that get better on every listen.
In summary; the album is just so masterfully crafted and the arrangements, performances and production are all marvelous making Robot Hive/Exodus an utter joy to listen to. If you like Clutch, get this album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a totally awesome album. Just discovered Clutch. And there is a whole back catalogue to catch up on.Published 12 months ago by Big Six
Although the album is one of their best, I just opened my copy for the first time to find a huge and deep scratch across most of side A. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stringhaussen
A fantastic album! Must have for any Clutch fan, and a great place to start for anyone jumping on the bandwagon! Also, a nice alteration from the original cover for the Vinyl!Published 13 months ago by Alexander Stewart Hutchison
If you like bluesy, gutsy rock then you will like this in some ways reminds me of Audioslave. The first track, Mr Flannery, sounds as if it accompany an episode of Breaking Bad.Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by DT
I was a little bit sceptical before buying the cd, having heard about hammonds etc...
The relity is a lot different.
Perhaps the grooviest record of Clutch! Read more
Got the album through in no time at all with no problems! I'd also like to thank my mate Rob for introducing me to Clutch!Published on 10 Jun. 2010 by Mr. J. B. Quinton