Released by: Weathermaker Music
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Genre: Hard Rock
01. The Affidavit
02. X-Ray Visions
04. A Quick Death In Texas
05. Sucker For The Witch
06. Your Love Is Incarceration
07. Doom Saloon
08. Our Lady Of Electric Light
09. Noble Savage Clutch
10. Behold The Colossus
11. Decapitation Blue
From Sci Fi to Spaghetti Western – ‘Psychic Warfare’ is real! I don’t know if it’s that I have been living under a rock for the last 25 years but I cannot for the life of me, tell you why Clutch never hit my radar. Luckily all is not lost as the band is about to release their 12th, self-produced album through Weathermaker Records ‘Psychic Warfare’.
‘Psychic Warfare’ was the first album in ages that, when it was over, I wanted more.
Track one opens with ‘The Affidavit’. The voice of what seems to be a deputy of some kind asking for the written statement of “what happened? ….. in your words”. From there it’s like being taken into the musical twilight zone.
‘X-ray Visions’ kicks off the crazy deposition with a sure to be sing along anthem and tongue twisters like “telekinetic frenetic dynamite” that will have everyone rewinding the song to get it right.
As a Maiden fan might state that ‘Aces High’ never feels right without ‘Two Minutes to Midnight’ following a close second, so we get ‘Firebirds’ which maintains the great start provided by ‘X-ray..’. Strong lyrics and masterful musicianship again had me wanting nothing more than to be on the journey being chronicled through my speakers.
‘Quick Death in Texas’ reminds us all that Will Farrell would have his ass firmly kicked by Paster Fallon if ever there should be a challenge put forth.
‘Sucker for the Witch’ is my favourite song on the album. The minute that they break into the chorus all I want to do is get up and throw my hands in the air and sing along “may god have mercy on my wicked soul – I cant help myself!” ‘Your love is incarceration’ follows the same trend and is another one of those songs that you can sing at the top of your lungs.
As a non-musician, I really don’t think its fair that I talk about technical playing anywhere on on ‘Psychic Warfare’. However, I will say that the progressive rocking sound put forth by the members of Clutch on this album is awe inspiring. There are sounds that draw me back to my youth and the soundtracks to old westerns or perhaps even a Quentin Tarrantino movie… so much so that my mouth is dry as if from walking into the desert to a saloon where we come upon ‘Our Lady Electric’ who enchants us with an Eric Burton style testimonial of the enchantress of this dusty place…. providing a musical confession on many levels.
Although each song doesn’t need to investigated in minute detail, ‘Behold the Colossus’ is another welcome anthem song that Clutch seems to be able to conjure up at will. The intent and delivery in this song makes you want to jump onboard their train and fight for whatever it is that is inspiring this kind of musical experience.
After an intense work out of ‘Decapitation’ we wander back to the dusty road where this all began – or ended and you can almost see the sun setting on the hot desert road as you are reminded Clutch are the Sons of Virginia.
Overall this album is a moody magical musical roller coaster ride that was worth every cent and makes me want to throw my hands in the air and say. “Let’s do it all over again”.
And less than 5 minutes later… I did…and you should (and will) too, again and again.
What a great story!
Clutch has already been spoiling audiences by performing certain songs of ‘Psychic Warfare’ live.
I know for sure I’ll see them again. And I’ll buy a shirt J
Written by: Marianne Jacobsen
Ratings: Marianne 9/10