Clutch Extends Its 30 Years Of Rock N Roll Tour

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Clutch’s upcoming 30 Years Of Rock N Roll Tour is no longer just a mini-tour.

The band announced through a news release Wednesday, it has extended its tour to a full run. The updated schedule now opens the tour on Sept. 8 in Norfolk, VA. It includes the originally announced dates in December along with an expansive list of dates in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Flint, MI and Albany, NY.

The updated tour schedule is noted below. Tickets for the extended tour are available here.

CLUTCH Celebrating 30 Years of Rock N Roll Fall/Winter Tour Dates:

LEG 1 w/ Stoner & Telekinetic Yeti

Sep. 08 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

Sep. 10 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Music Festival 

Sep. 11 – Reading, PA – Reverb

Sep. 13 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

Sep. 14 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

Sep. 16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

Sep. 17 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal

Sep. 18 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl 

LEG 2 w/ Stoner & King Buffalo

Sep. 29 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Guys

Oct. 01 – Albany, NY – Empire Live

Oct. 02 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall 

Oct. 03 – Portland, ME – State Theater 

Oct. 05 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom 

Oct. 07 – Long Island, NY – Paramount Theater

Oct. 08 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

Oct. 09 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino

Leg 3 w/ Stoner & The Native Howl

Dec. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head

Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Dec. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agoura Theatre 

Dec. 30 – Detroit, MI – Filmore Theatre 

Dec. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon 

Clutch originally announced its 30 Years Of Rock N Roll Tour last month. The tour was billed as a limited run at the time, with just a handful of dates in December.

The band said in a prepared statement at the time, that it was looking forward to getting back on the road.

“We are incredibly excited to hit the road again” the statement reads. “We’ve missed the shows, the fans, the venues and the opportunity to watch the other bands we share the stage with. It’s going to feel like our first show all over again and we can’t wait! Come out and let’s make some Rock and Roll!.”

More information on Clutch’s upcoming live dates is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Clutch Announces New Winter Live Dates

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Clutch announced a string of new live dates this week.

The band announced Tuesday, it will headline a mini-Winter tour in December. The tour is scheduled to run from Dec. 37-31.Stoner (featuring Kyuss’ Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. Oliveri is also a member of Queens of the Stone Age) as support.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET Friday. The tour’s dates are noted below.

CLUTCH Celebrating 30 Years of Rock N Roll Winter Tour Dates:

Dec. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head

Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Dec. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agoura Theatre 

Dec. 30 –  Detroit, MI – Filmore Theatre 

Dec. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon 

The band said in a prepared statement that it is looking forward to getting back on the road.

“We are incredibly excited to hit the road again” the statement reads. “We’ve missed the shows, the fans, the venues and the opportunity to watch the other bands we share the stage with. It’s going to feel like our first show all over again and we can’t wait! Come out and let’s make some Rock and Roll!.”

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Clutch Announces Details For ‘Blast Tyrant’ Vinyl Re-Issue

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Clutch will re-issue one of its classic albums this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its 2004 album, Blast Tyrant, in June. The vinyl re-issue’s exact release date is under consideration. It is part of what has been dubbed “Clutch Collector’s Series.”

The series, curated by Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, consists of four of the band’s albums, all of which will release through the band’s own Weathermaker Music label. Blast Tyrant is the first of the album’s scheduled for release through the series.

Gaster talked about the forthcoming re-issue of Blast Tyrant in a prepared statement.

“I worked with the album’s original artist Chon Hernandez to create a new look and feel for the Clutch Collector’s Series release of Blast Tyrant,” said Gaster. “Chon did an amazing job drawing the Blast Tyrant to look 20 years older and wiser. We selected new colors for the jacket, sleeves, and vinyl to make a completely new package.”

Blast Tyrant‘s re-issue is limited to 5,000 copies. It is re-mastered from the original recording and is presented on a 180-gram colored vinyl. The re-issue is presented on a 2LP gatefold package, which also features an insert signed by the band.

The record’s initial pre-sale — held March 3 — sold out within three hours. Amazon has another pre-sale round open now. Independent retailers will provide copies of the limited edition release. Audiences can look for their nearest independent retailer here.

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‘A Modern Man’s Way To Improve’ Is A Promising Start For Royal Horses

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Early this month, independent music collective Royal Horses released its debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve to the masses.  The 10-song record is a strong start for the band.  It is a presentation that makes this band one of the next big names in the country and southern rock communities.  That is proven in no small part to through the musical arrangements that make up the album’s 37-minute body.  They will be addressed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content adds to the album’s appeal.  It will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a positive start for the up-and-coming outfit that is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Royal Horses’ debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is a powerful start for the collective.  It is a presentation whose appeal is far-reaching.  This is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  From start to end of the album, the band refuses to stick to just one sound and stylistic approach.  There is some rock influence, such as in ‘Rattlesnake Smoking a Cigar,’ which comes late in the albums run.  The song’s arrangement and sound is psychedelic.  There are times in this four-and-a-half-minute opus that conjure thoughts of Jimi Hendrix while at others, there are hints of Clutch.  Yes, it’s one heck of a combination, but it is balanced surprisingly well here and works just as well.  On a completely different note, ‘Leave A Light’ presents an old school country music approach that will appeal to fans of Hank Williams, what with its vintage honky ton sound and style.  On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Valley of the New’ will appeal to fans of the modern country rock band Reckless Kelly.  There is even a welcome bluegrass element in ‘Call It War’ and an equally enjoyable blues-based rock presentation in ‘Who Do You Know’ that will appeal to fans of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band.  ‘Ruby Do’ gives audiences a sort of rockabilly approach that fans of Rev. Horton Heat and the Legendary Shack Shakers will enjoy.  Between these noted arrangements and the others featured throughout the album, the whole of the record’s musical content shows great diversity.  That in itself ensures the album’s noted wide appeal.  It is just one aspect of what audiences will enjoy about the album.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s diverse range of musical arrangements adds to the record’s appeal even more.

The lyrical content that is presented throughout A Modern Man’s Way To Improve adds to the album’s success because it is just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘Valley of the New.’  Front man Shelby Kemp sings here, “give me a reason to be here/Give me something to lose/Sing me a riddle/And I’ll give you a good answer/And I’ll hold you ‘til the sun comes shining through.”  From there he sings later, “If I die here/There is something you must do/March me down/In a field of golden roses/March me down/to the tune of something blue/hang my hat/On a yonder mountain/Lay my heart/In the valley of the new.”  This is as old school country as a song can get.  On another note, the addition of the claves to the song’s arrangement gives the work a little bit of a Jimmy Buffet influence.  Getting back on track, the song follows lyrically in similar fashion as that presented in its lead verse and chorus.  Simply put, this is vintage country in which someone is singing about life gone by and what is to come.  It’s one of those classic introspective songs that one could so easily hear in an old, dimly lit honky tonk bar.  Its introspective lyrical content and equally moving musical arrangement makes for so much enjoyment.

‘Valley of the New’ is just one of songs whose lyrical theme shows the overall importance of the album’s lyrical content.  ‘Rattlesnake Smoking A Cigar’ presents its own interesting lyrical content.  It is just as psychedelic as the song’s musical arrangement.  The subject sings here about going for a drive with his dad.  The duo meets a group of women *allegedly* and one turned out to be not quite what she appeared.  It is the most unique lyrical presentations featured in this album and will certainly have listeners talking. 

‘Bottom of the Chart’ presents another unique lyrical theme that is worth noting.  This song finds the song’s subject singing about being there for someone else when all of life’s negativities happen.  From everything dying to “mother earth closing her eyes”, to even rivers being dammed up by trees, the song’s subject says he will be there for that person “at the bottom of your chart.”  This is just this critic’s interpretation, but it comes across as someone saying, even when I’m the last on your list, the least important to you, I’ll be there.  If in fact that is what the song’s subject is saying, then it is powerful.  Most people who realize they are at the bottom of someone else’s priorities will do something to change things and perhaps just walk away from that situation.  For this song’s subject to seemingly say he will be there, devoted as ever, no matter what, is a powerful statement.  On one hand, it is moving.  On another, some might say not so smart.  The seeming lyrical theme in itself is certain to generate plenty of discussion.  Building on the noted discussion, if in fact this critic’s interpretation is right then it takes listeners in yet another distinct direction.  It shows even more, the record’s lyrical diversity.  The result is that it shows even more, the importance of the album’s lyrical content in whole.  The rest of the record’s lyrical content supports the noted statements just as much as that examined here.  Between all of that and the album’s musical content, all of this more than makes this record worth hearing.  All of that content is just a part of what makes A Modern Man’s Way Of Improving such a strong start for Royal Horses.  The production of the noted collective content rounds out the record’s most important elements.

The production of A Modern Man’s Way of Improving is important to note because of how much is going on in some of the album’s entries, and how little is going on in others.  ‘BLD’ for instance, which closes out the album, is one of the entries that has very little going on.  It is grounded in a very simple, light guitar line.  The echoing effect in the guitar’s melancholy approach is a credit to the production.  It really serves to help set the mood in this song.  The lyrical content is very limited here, which means the music takes center stage.  Those behind the boards are to be credited for their work here.  That noted echo effect and just the simplicity in the guitar line here supports the old adage that it is possible for a song to be heavy without being heavy. 

By comparison, the album’s title track, which comes very early in its sequence, has a little bit more going on.  The poppy approach and sound in the song again lends itself to comparisons to works from Reckless Kelly, but in this case, also to works from Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen.  That’s one heck of a collection of influences, but it works so well here.  It is also a credit to those responsible for the album’s production.  That upbeat but still light guitar line works so well with the song’s solid time keeping and catchy vocal delivery style to make for so much enjoyment.  On another level, the subtlety in the lead guitar line against the lighter rhythm guitar line adds its own richness to the presentation.    The bass line pairs with that aspect to fill out the arrangement even more.  As the song progresses, an increasing amount of action takes place.  Each element within the song is expertly balanced throughout, to the end that the song offers listeners full enjoyment and engagement from start to end.  It is just one more way in which the album’s production proves so important and hardly the last.  ‘Call It War’ is another example of the importance of the album’s production.

‘Call It War’ crosses elements of bluegrass with southern rock and country into one whole for its foundation.  The very crossing of the elements into one whole makes for an interesting presentation.  That the banjo and electric guitar get equal attention here thanks to the production enriches the song’s arrangement in its own right.  That the drums are used to tastefully here to add accents in all of the right points adds even more to the song’s enjoyment and engagement.  The whole conjures thoughts of the Jerry Reed/Dick Feller hit song ‘Eastbound and Down’ from the timeless Burt Reynolds movie Smokey & The Bandit.  That the whole can conjure such a comparison and that everything is so well-balanced here is one more example of the impact and importance of the album’s production.  The production clearly brings out the best aspects of each song, in turn making each song so enjoyable and engaging.  When this is considered along with the album’s musical and lyrical content, the whole of these elements makes the album in whole a successful first outing for Royal Horses.

Royal Horses’ debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is a positive first outing for the up-and-coming band.  It is a presentation that is sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That is proven in large part through its musical arrangements.  The record’s musical arrangements offer elements of southern rock, country, bluegrass, and even blues-based rock.  The arrangements never stay on one track for too long a period of time, either.  That ensures in its own way, listeners’ enjoyment and engagement.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is just as diverse as the album’s musical arrangements.  It ensures even more that enjoyment and engagement.  The production that went into the album’s presentation brings out the best elements of each arrangement, making the album even richer in its presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the album’s presentation.  Al things considered, they make the album a promising first outing for Royal Horses.  The album is available now. 

More information on A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is available along with all of Royal Horses’ latest news at:

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Clutch Announces Details For Its Next “Doom Saloon” Livestream Concert

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Clutch is going back to the Doom Saloon again.

The band announced Tuesday, it will host its third “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream show Dec. 18. The concert’s 15-song set list will come from the band’s fans, just like the set list from the series’ second concert, which the band hosted Aug. 7.

Front man Neil Fallon talked about the fan involvement in that set list and that of the upcoming show during a recent interview.

“The Doom Saloon Volume 2 set was written by a fan” said Fallon. “We had over 4000 set list submissions.  We were able to see what songs were the most requested and for Doom Saloon Volume 3 we will play the fifteen most requested songs from Doom Saloon Volume 2’s set list requests.  It could be thought of as a greatest hits set as per the fans.”

According to a previous statement from Fallon, fans chose songs from Clutch’s extensive catalog “from every release starting from our 1991 Pitchfork 7” all the way thru Book of Bad Decisions and the songs from our Vault Series” for the 14-song set list for the Doom Saloon Volume 2 show. One fan was chosen from the fan votes to have his or her set list as the featured presentation for the concert.

Fans can choose their favorite songs for the band’s upcoming show here. Tickets for the livestream are available here.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Save Our Stages, a nonprofit whose aim is to save the more than 3,000 live venues across America that host live concerts. The agency is working with elected officials in Washington, D.C. to get legislation passed to provide financial aid to those venues. The venues were among the first businesses to close during the pandemic and are expected to be the last to re-open once the pandemic ends.

Clutch’s forthcoming livestream show comes on the heels of the recent release of its new compilation record The Weathermaker Vault Series: Volume 1. The record is available now.

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Clutch Debuts Re-Worked Take Of Its Classic Song ‘Passive Restraints’

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Clutch has teamed with Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe for one of its classic songs.

The band debuted a re-worked version of its song ‘Passive Restraints‘ and its video Thursday. Clutch originally featured the song in its 1992 EP. The new re-worked version of the song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Weathermaker Vault Series Volume 1, which is scheduled for release Nov. 27.

The re-worked song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Clutch. The addition of Blythe’s trademark growls and his more unique low vocal delivery adds a special touch to the song, enhancing it even more.

The video for the band’s new song was directed by David Brodsky (The Black Dahlia Murder, Papa Roach). It puts Blythe alongside Clutch’s band members in a studio setting as they perform the song.

Front man Neil Fallon talked about the song’s re-issue in a recent interview.

“Passive Restraints’ was one of the first Clutch songs I wrote lyrics to,” said Fallon. “It was a staple of Clutch sets for years but fell by the wayside as we wrote more and more songs over the years. When we toured with Lamb of God a few years back, Randy would often ask us to bring it back into rotation. We dragged our feet, and finally, we caved. And we were glad we did. The last time Clutch played Copenhell, Randy joined us on stage to perform the song. We decided to re-record it for the WM Vault Series and thought it was only fitting to have Randy join us.”

Blythe expanded on Fallon’s comments.

“When Clutch asked if I wanted to sing an older song with them during our 2016 tour together, I knew immediately which one I wanted to do- ‘Passive Restraints said Blythe. “We performed it in Milwaukee, then again a few years later at Copenhell Fest in Denmark, and I had a blast both times. I think they were a bit surprised I chose a song released in 1992, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve followed their development as a band since the early days and have enjoyed every album, but as a musician, I know sometimes it’s fun to dust off something you haven’t played in many years and see how it sounds. The song holds up to this day, and I was honored to sing on its re-release.” 

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Clutch Sets Oct. 24 For ‘The Obelisk’ Vinyl Collection

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The members of Clutch are hoping that the third time will be the charm for its long-awaited The Obelisk box set.

The band is scheduled to release the collection of vinyls Oct. 24. The box set, which contains all of the band’s albums released through Weathermaker Music on vinyl, was originally scheduled for release on Record Store Day in April, but plans changed, forcing the set’s release to March. That release was then delayed again until this week.

The band’s Weathermaker Music catalog is composed of the albums Full Fathom Five, Live at the Googolplex, Jam Room, Pitchfork & Lost Needles, La Curandera, Strange Cousins From The West, Blast Tyrant, Robot Hive/Exodus, From Beale Street To Oblivion, Earth Rocker, Psychic Warfare, and Book of Bad Decisions.

Most of the records noted will spread across 2 discs. Live at the Googolplex and Jam Room will each present on a picture disc platform.

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‘Radical Waves’ Is A Musical Wave That Stoner Rock Fans Will Enjoy Riding

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The world of stoner rock has produced a variety if notable names throughout its history.  From the likes of Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age, and Fu Manchu, to Fireball Ministry, Kyuss, The Sword and more, stoner rock fans have a lot of bands from which to choose as their favorite(s).  Fans of the genre added another option to that list Friday with the release of Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves.  The 10-song record will appeal to any fan of the genre in part because of its musical arrangements.  They will be addressed shortly.  The album’s lyrical content works with its musical arrangements to add even more appeal for audiences.  It will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out is most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here does its own key part for the whole of Radical Waves.  All things considered, they make the album a work that stoner rock fans will find radical in itself.

Fledgling stoner rock band Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves is a good start for the group.  It is a work that will appeal to a wide range of the genre’s fans.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  From start to the end of the 42-minute record, the guitar-driven arrangements display all of the trademarks of the stoner rock genre.  The fuzz effect is there in the guitars as is the nuanced effect of the drums, with their heavy, thundering approach and the equally heavy low-end from the bass alongside the gritty, semi-screaming vocals.  That is not all that is exhibited throughout the record’s arrangements.  The noted instrumentation and styles also boasts a clear doom rock influence a la Black Sabbath.  ‘M.O.O.D.,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is one of the most notable of those arrangements that couples the doom and stoner influences.  One could go so far as to argue that the combination of the elements with this heavy, plodding composition is comparable to works from Crowbar.  Front man Samuel Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery couples with the noted heavy, fuzzed guitars, drummer Dagur Atlason’s time keeping and bassist Pornsteinn Arnason’s low-end to make the song’s arrangement a rich, heavy composition.  Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery style is very much like that of Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein and Fireball Minsitry front man James A. Rota.  His stylistic approach on guitar is instantly comparable to works from Queens of the Stone Age, Fireball Ministry, and Kyuss.  Much the same can be said of the drumming style from Atlason.

‘I’m Off’ is another notable of the album’s most notable arrangements.  Where ‘M.O.O.D.’ exhibits doom and stoner influences, ‘I’m Off’ is more of a pure stoner rock composition.  Its driving, fuzzed guitar approach, heavy low-end and drumming is immediately likened to works from Queens of the Stone Age in its own right.  Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery here continues to show that Kirk Windstein type approach.  The end result is a presentation that again will appeal to a wide range of stoner rock fans in its own right.

‘Sushi Sam’ is another way in which the album’s musical arrangements prove their value to its presentation.  Yes, the stoner rock sound that is so evident throughout the album is just as evident here as anywhere else on the record.  What is most important to note here is that while the stoner rock influence is as clear as ever here, the stylistic approach in this work is more of a classic rock vibe than something modern.  The use of the cowbell, the guitar solo and general arrangement gives the song that throwback vibe. There is also something in the song’s production that adds to that sense, considering the sound of the drums and guitars.  This will be addressed later.  Keeping in mind the arrangement here, that of the other songs noted and those of the rest of the album’s songs, the arrangement in whole leave little doubt as to their importance.  They collectively give audiences plenty to appreciate.  The arrangements are but one part of what makes Radical Waves a presentation that stoner rock fans will find worth hearing.  The album’s lyrical content presents its own interest.

The lyrical content featured throughout the course of Radical Waves’ nearly 43-minute run is varied in its own right.  ‘I’m Off’ is one of the most interesting of the song’s lyrical presentations.  Considering what is decipherable without a lyrics sheet to reference, the song comes across as a work that just celebrates having a good time.  Asgeirson leaves little doubt as to that as he sings in the song’s chorus, “We’re gonna get f*****’ wasted tonight.”  He additionally states, “bring a six-pack/Light a cigarette/We’re gonna get f*****’ wasted tonight.”  This critic does not advocate drug and alcohol use of any kind, as a reminder.  That aside, what the band infers overall between this note and the rest of the song’s lyrical content is that noted theme of enjoying life and making the most of a situation.  It is a celebration of sorts, which would explain the high energy in the song’s musical arrangement.  To that end, it will connect with audiences, ensuring their entertainment and engagement in its own right.  It is just one way in which the album’s lyrical content proves important.  ‘Super Duper Van’ is another key addition to the album in regards to its lyrical content.

‘Super Duper Van’ is a full on psychedelic stoner rock song.  While much of the song’s lyics are indecipherable sans lyrics, just enough is understandable that the noted content is clear.  There is a mention here of “eating a mushroom” (I.E. drug use), and “taking a never-ending ride in outer space.”  There is also mention in this song of putting the pedal to the metal and going on a ride across the desert sands.  The song’s companion video adds to the psychedelia with the band going on a ride in a car that they imagine is a van, which apparently goes into outer space after the pair goes on a trip from drinking some kind of liquid.  The group even goes so far as to even eat some moon cheese during the seemingly drug-induced trip.  Simply put, it can be inferred from the video and what lyrics can be understood, that this song is apparently an old school stoner rock work in every sense of the word. It will appeal to the noted listeners, too.   To that end, it shows even more why this album will appeal to its target audience, and is just one more way in which it does so.  ‘M.O.O.D.’ is yet another was in which the album’s lyrical content proves worth examining.

‘M.O.O.D.’ comes across as being a work about people who are not all that they seem.  This is inferred as Asgeirsson sings about the person being “covered in shame and lies/Behind your perfect wall.”  He adds what sounds like, “It’s not at all so sweet.”  The rest of the song’s lyrical content that follows is similar in style, difficult as it is to decipher.  Enough is just barely able to be understood that it helps to further illustrate the noted message.  To that end, the song will connect with listeners in its own way, too.  Between this song’s lyrical content, that of the other examined songs and of the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of that content proves to offer its own share of engagement and entertainment for audiences.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable elements.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Radical Waves is an interesting aspect.  That is because it is both good and bad.  It is good in that considering how much is going on throughout each song, it is clear painstaking efforts were taken to balance everything.  For the most part, the instrumentation was handled well through the production.  None of the instruments overpowers the other at any point.  On the other hand, the vocals many times sounded washed out and airy.  Asgeirsson’s vocals are difficult to understand at time as a result of this approach.  It sounds like in many cases, that airy effect was intentional.  And if in fact that was the case, it was a bad effect to use.  At other times, it feels like the vocals just blend in too much with the instrumentation.  Now all of this is not to say that the production is a loss.  Again, the balance of the guitars, bass and drums works relatively well here.  It is just that one aspect of the vocals and how they are joined with the instruments.  All of this in mind, it makes the album’s production at least somewhat of a positive to the album’s presentation.  When this is considered along with the album’s overall content, it all comes together to make the album a presentation that stoner rock fans will agree is worth hearing at least once.

Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves is a positive start for the up-and-coming band.  It is a presentation that stoner rock fans will find worth hearing at least once.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  The arrangements exhibit more than just a stoner rock sound and style.  They also display doom rock influences to varying degrees throughout the album.  The album’s lyrical content will generate its own interest among listeners.  The record’s production adds to its interest even being slightly flawed.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered they make Radical Waves a musical wave that stoner rock fans will enjoy riding at least once.  Radical Waves is available now through The Sign Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/volcanova.

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The Sword Launches New “Live” Series

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Stoner rock band The Sword launched a new weekly live series this week.

The band debuted a three-song “mini-set” Thursday through Consequence of Sound.  The first performance is streaming here, as well as through CoS.

Dubbed the “Conquest of Quarantine,” the three song set was recently recorded by the band during a virtual lockdown jam session.  It marked the first time since the band went on hiatus in 2018 that the band had performed together.

One more song will debut from the band each coming week as part of the “mini-set.”

The Sword’s recent jam session was the result of a tour with Primus that was halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That tour was is now rescheduled and expected to start June 9 in Houston, TX.  It is scheduled to run through July 19 in Cincinnati, OH and feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Essex Junction, VT, and Philadelphia, PA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available here.

 

June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*

June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*

June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*

June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*

June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*

June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*

June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*

June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*

June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*

June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*

June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*

June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*

June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*

July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*

July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*

July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)

July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*

July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*

July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*

July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*

July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*

July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*

July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*

 

In other news, The Sword released two hits collections from The Sword June 19, Chronology2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms.  Chronology2006 – 2018 is a three-CD set features the band’s biggest hits, fan favorites, rarities and previously unreleased songs.  Its track count totals 52 (yes, 52) songs.  Additionally it features liner notes penned by the band’s members and some other well-known names — Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and Neil Fallon (Clutch).

Conquest of Kingdoms is a three-LP vinyl set that features previously unreleased songs, b-sides, oddities and live performances.  Its track listing totals 30 songs.

More information on The Sword’s new “mini-set,” rescheduled live dates and more is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.theswordofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theswordofdoom

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Thesword

 

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The Band Will Play On: Clutch Takes Set Lists For European Festival Shows Online

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Clutch is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop the music.

The band announced Friday that it is taking its 2020 Festival Summer online.  According to information presented in a news release about the decision, the band has reached out to organizers of festivals across Europe to curate set lists that it was going to perform at shows at which it was scheduled to perform, and to post them online.

Among the European festivals at which the band was scheduled to perform were the Ramblin’ Man Festival, Tsunami Festival, and Sziget Festival. The set list for the Ramblin’ Man Festival, up first, is accessible here.  The schedule for the rest of the shows is noted below.

 

Pol’And’Rock, Poland July 20th
Metal Days, Slovenia on July 28th
Tsunami Festival, Spain on Aug 1st
Into The Grave, NL on Aug. 7th
Sziget Festival, Hungary on Aug. 11th
Poolbar, Austria on Aug. 13th

 

Clutch will notify fans of each set list’s posting along with the festivals’ organizers through their respective social media outlets.

Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster talked about the band’s decision to take its set lists online during a recent interview.

“The opportunity to perform at summertime festivals in Europe is very special to us,” he said.  “The shows we play and the bands we get to see are experiences we look forward to every year. We can’t wait to return to Europe and be a part of these legendary festivals in 2021! Until then, we hope Clutch fans from around the world will enjoy these Festival playlists. Take care and see y’all soon!”

More information on Clutch’s European festivals set lists is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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