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Albums Of The Week: Clutch | Sunrise on Slaughter Beach

Big-lunged belter Neil Fallon and his road-dog bandmates spice up their beefy, muscular brand of indie-rock with a few new flavours on their umpteenth album.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Sunrise On Slaughter Beach has been chosen as the title for the 13th studio album from the perpetually touring indie-rockers Clutch.

Recording sessions for this opus took place with Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood) overseeing the production and mixing duties at The Magpie Cage Recording Studio in Baltimore. Jawbox’s J. Robbins assisted with engineering.

A few firsts for the band will be featured among some of the new tracks, including vibraphone played by the band’s drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, Theremin from Robbins and backing vocals from Deborah Bond and Frenchie Davis.

While Gaster initially saw the record drawing parallels into the upbeat nature of the band’s 2013 release Earth Rocker, it ultimately became a beast of its own. He said of that, “The more the songs took shape, the less I saw that kind of an album. Something different took shape. The record we ended up with is, in some ways, the most different record we’ve made in a long time.”