Clutch - Blast Tyrant (2003) (Full Album)-
According to Fallon, "Blast Tyrant" has a vague theme running through it, dealing the adventures of a "conscientious objector" named Worm Drink as he is pursued by the villainous Blast Tyrant and his ship, the Swollen Goat. Although it's not a concept album per se, the disc is constructed with little to no space between the songs, giving the feel of a unified whole. Even this goes against standard record company policy these days, as most albums (pop and rock) feature two or three singles at best and stuff the rest of the CD with below-average filler. Clutch defies this, weaving their songs together to create atmosphere and a complete listening experience.
Pounding rockers like "Profits Of Doom" and "The Mob Goes Wild" sit comfortably alongside more experimental tracks like the haunting, melodic "Ghost" and the seagoing instrumental closer, "WYSIWYG". CLUTCH manages the difficult task of sounding both minimalist and epic at the same time, their alternately sinister and heavy sound a perfect backdrop to Fallon's mythic lyrical tales, which reference everything from U2 to the cliffs of Dover to Bush lackey Condoleeza Rice. Like them or not, the band deserves respect for forging their own identity and staying true to it, while still moving forward musically and skipping the politics of the music biz in the process. And if you like Clutch, good for you, because "Blast Tyrant" is a terrific blast of inimitable heavy rock.
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02. Profits Of Doom
03. The Mob Goes Wild
04. Cypress Grove
05. Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes)
06. The Regulator
07. Worm Drink
08. Army Of Bono
09. Spleen Merchant
10. (In The Wake Of) The Swollen Goat
11. Weather Maker
12. Subtle Hustle
14. (Notes From The Trial Of) La Curandera
16. Tight Like Dat (Acoustic Version)
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