Clutch Debuts New Single, ‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone),’ Companion Video

Clutch premiered its latest single and video this week as it continues its tour.

Courtesy: Weathermaker Records

The band unveiled its new single, ‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)‘ Tuesday, along with the song’s video. The song features a driving, rich arrangement that the band’s established audiences will find familiar. All of the fuzz and heaviness of Clutch’s catalog is there in the arrangement, yet the composition still boasts its own identity separate from the band’s existing work.

Drummer Jean Paul Gaster talked about the song’s arrangement.

“‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)’ is one of the faster cuts on our forthcoming album,” he said. “It kicks in and hits like a freight train. The intensity of the recording reminds me of our live shows. This song cooks and I can’t wait to play it on tour!”

Front man Neil Fallon offered the following about the song’s unique lyrical content and how it ties in to the song’s video.

“Early in 2021, I learned the Boss Metal Zone pedal schematic was being presented as “proof” that the Covid-19 vaccine had an electronic component to communicate with 5G cellular networks,” Fallon said. “It was, of course, nonsense. It sounded like a Philip K. Dick premise. I didn’t want to write a song specific to Covid-19 vaccines, so I went with the Philip K. Dick angle (again). “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” came to mind (replicants, in particular, representing what is real and not real, or is there a difference at all?). The video makes no secret that this is an homage to Philip K. Dick and a future where we have distortion coursing through our veins.”

The video finds the band performing its new single in a closed studio setting while a unique futuristic world is presented around the group. The band’s label, Weathermaker Records, serves as the backdrop for most of the sci-fi story featured in the video.

Clutch is in the midst of a global tour. Dates for the tour are available here along with tickets.

More information on Clutch’s new single, video, and tour is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Announced

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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.

The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.

General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.

A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.

The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons

Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide

Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood

Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were

The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.

More information on the 2022 Louder Than Life Festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest

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Voltagehawk Releases New Album; Debuts Album’s Latest Single, Video

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Independent rock band Voltagehawk released its debut album, Electric Thunder, this month.

The band released the album Jan. 21 through The Label Group/INgrooves. In celebration of the record’s release, the band premiered the video for the record’s latest single, ‘The Cosmic Hangman.’ The video features the band in what looks like a unique recording studio setting, complete with lights and mirrors that make it look like a club.

The song’s musical arrangement is a driving, up-tempo composition. Its combination of stoner and neo-classic rock influences makes it unique in its own right. Comparisons can be made just as much to works from the likes of Clutch and Queens of the Stone Age as to South of Eden throughout the song. The balance in that duality ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment.

Front man Dan Fenton talked about the commentary in the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“On 10/17/17 I was dead. I had drank myself into oblivion,” he said. “Years of depression, abuse, and confusion as a child had finally caught up with me. As I lay unconscious, I was at perfect peace; no pain, no ringing in my ears, just floating for 9 minutes as the paramedics brought me back. I heard a voice inside my mind ask if I wanted to stay in the cosmic womb or if I would stop drinking. Those were my only options. I chose to give up the bottle, accept help for the first time in my life, and enter a treatment program. It changed everything.

“My moment of peace in the cosmic womb let me know that there was something after this life, but not what they had taught me as a child. The reception of my new found life was mixed. As I went on a journey of amends, I was embraced by some and rejected by others. I was told that without religion I couldn’t possibly have changed. They were wrong, I had changed.”

Added Fenton, “The rule of the papacy has long cast judgment on those seeking change outside the constructs of religion or faith. This song is an anthem for the undamned, unfallen, and unredeemed. Rebirth is not a battle between heaven and hell, but a battle between mind and body.”

‘The Cosmic Hangman’ is just one of the singles produced from Voltagehawk’s new album. The record has also produced the single, ‘Recrimination.‘

More information on Voltagehawk’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.voltagehawk.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/voltagehawk

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/voltagehawkband

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Clutch Announces New Live Dates

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Clutch announced a new, extensive tour schedule Friday.

The 38-date spring tour is scheduled to launch March, 16 in Birmingham, AL and to run through May 21 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The first leg of the tour, which runs through April 10 in Joliet, IL, will see EyeHateGod and Tiger Cub as support. The second leg, which starts April 27 in Burlington, VT, will see The Sword and Nate Bergman take on support roles.

Drummer JP Gastor said the band is ready to hit the road again.

“We’re looking forward to hitting the road and playing for you this spring!,” he said. “We’re bringing some great bands with us too so come out early and Rock and Roll with us. See ya out there!”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Mar 16 – Apr 10: Clutch / EyeHateGod / TigerCub

Mar 16 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

Mar 18 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore

Mar 19 – Tyler, TX – Country River Club

Mar 20 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

Mar 22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Mar 24 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

Mar 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Mar 26 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse

Mar 28 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Mar 29 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

Mar 31 – Edmonton, AB – Midway

Apr 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre

Apr 2 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre

Apr 3 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

Apr 5 – Billings, MT – Pub Station

Apr 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.

Apr 8 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

Apr 9 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Events Center

Apr 10 – Joliet, IL – The Forge

Apr 27 – May 22: Clutch / The Sword / Nate Bergman

Apr 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

Apr 29 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino

Apr 30 – Providence, RI – The Strand

May 1 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre

May 3 – Rochester, NY – Anthology

May 4 – London, ON – Music Hall

May 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room

May 7 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monore

May 8 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!

May 10 – Moline, IL – The Rust Belt

May 12 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom

May 13 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

May 14 – Sauget, IL – POP’s

May 15 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall

May 17 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine

May 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

May 19 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville

May 21 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Bike Week

Clutch’s most recent live performance was a brief live run with Stoner and Native Howl Dec. 27-31. Prior to the run, the band held its fourth “Live From The Doom Saloon” live stream event Nov. 26. Clutch held its first “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream last May. The second event took place last August and the third in December.

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

Websitehttps://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/clutchofficial

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Clutch Announces Details For Next Livestream Concert

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Clutch is going to hold another edition of its “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream events later this month.

The band made the announcement through a press release distributed Tuesday. The document states the livestream event — the fourth in the series of the band’s livestream concerts — is scheduled to take place 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Nov. 26 live from the band’s rehearsal space. Tickets are available here.

The band said in a prepared statement, it decided to hold the concert since it had the time.

“We just wrapped up tracking our new album so we’re ready to play a show!,” the statement reads in part. It adds about what audiences can expect from the set list, “We’re gonna play something from every one of our albums and maybe even something brand new!”

Clutch held its first “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream last May. The second event took place last August and the third in December.

In related news, Clutch is scheduled to take part in a brief tour with Stoner and Native Howl next month. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEG 3 w/ Stöner & Native Howl

Dec. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head

Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Dec. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

Dec. 30 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Theatre

Dec. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon

The tour comes on the heels of the band’s recent tour with Stoner and King Buffalo. The tour was in celebration of Clutch’s 30th anniversary.

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

Websitehttps://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/clutchofficial

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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:

Websitehttps://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/clutchofficial

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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!.”

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

Websitehttps://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/clutchofficial

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

Courtesy: Weathermaker Music

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.

More information on Clutch’s new re-issue and re-issue series is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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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:

Website: http://royalhorseband.com

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

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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.

More information on Clutch’s new compilation record and upcoming livestream concert is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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