Maryland rockers, Clutch, declared war on The Vogue Tuesday night in Indianapolis. Clutch, who have just released their new masterpiece of an album entitled Psychic Warfare, played to a sold out crowd full of the usual suspects; beardo’s, stoners and full on metalheads. I even met a guy with the band’s logo tattooed on the front of his neck to (in a sense) commemorate the last Clutch show he attended only to break his neck in the pit. Hey man, sorry I forgot your name but, I told ya I wouldn’t leave you out of the story! Check out his tattoo in the photo gallery. Anyways, back to the review. Never ones to stay with what seems to be today’s live show standard, the ol’ play the hits and nothing new, these guys performed no less than 8 songs from the new album. The show opened with Psychic Warfare’s lead single, the furious “X-Ray Visions” followed by the same track which follows it on the album and is one of my favorite new tunes, the crazy rockin’ “Firebirds”. By this time the temperature and testosterone levels were peaked and the pit was in full swing. From the forementioned track, the band ripped into “Crucial Velocity” followed by the classic “Dragonfly”. From this point on the band would play 14 more songs, made up mostly of material from their last 3 albums along with a few classics as well. The riff master, Tim Sult, brought the Pure Rock Fury. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines, whom I consider to be the most underrated rhythm section in rock music laid out a bulletproof foundation for the evening’s madness. Neil Fallon, as always, commanded the audience like no other with that look on his face that will truly make you believe that Psychic Warfare IS real. This guy is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with. The guys wrapped up the show with a 3 song encore consisting of “The Face”, “Animal Farm” and the crowd favorite and maybe most successful song of the band’s career, “Electric Worry”.
Newcomer’s The Shrine, who describe their sound as “Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll” opened the show with a solid set to which I am pretty positive earned them a new fanbase in Indianapolis. Look out for their new full-length album Rare Breed which was produced by Dave Jerden, producer of classic albums by Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Armored Saint just to name a few. The album is set to be released October 30th via Century Media Records.
Did I mention Corrosion of Conformity, who were recently rejoined by Pepper Keenan, went on right before Clutch? HO-LY SHIT what show! Pepper, fresh off a tour with the mighty DOWN, led the band featuring original members Woody Weatherman, Reed Mullin and Mike Dean through a 9-song set of crushing classics including “Albatross”, “Broken Man”, “My Grain” and “Wiseblood” among others. C.O.C are set to headline their own shows soon but don’t miss your chance to check them out on this package.
Seriously folks, you can not beat this tour so get out there and support these guys.
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