“Strange Cousins from the West” by Clutch

Clutch heralds from Maryland, so how I was not exposed to their music in the almost 20 years they’ve been doing their thing is beyond me. I went into their latest album, Strange Cousins from the West, not having any expectations at all. I was greeted with a heavy blues rock tinged, sand caked, southern fried rock sound. It’s slow-tempoed, fuzzed out, and aged in barrels of whiskey. Singer Neil Fallon sings like a man possessed, his hoarse voice bellowing out the blues like nobody’s business.

Strange Cousins has a very raw production feel to it, to give the album more of the aged characteristic it seems to be going for. This isn’t your typical White Stripes brand of blues-rock. This is blues rock with balls, a shotgun, and moonshine in the passenger seat. If Black Sabbath and Fatso Jetson had a child, that child would be Clutch’s Strange Cousins from the West.

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