Concert preview: Clutch gets back to head-banging ways on riff-heavy Earth Rocker

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From the November 21, 2013 edition

Earth Rocker is a perfect title for the latest from the heavy-hitting Maryland quartet; if played at the right volume the album sounds as though it could throw the entire planet off its axis. Gone are the acoustic flourishes and psych-blues excursions of recent albums, replaced by comparatively muscular cuts like “Unto the Breach” and the politically charged, riff-driven “Mr. Freedom,” which isn’t nearly as courteous as its title suggests.

Clutch is now ten albums and more than two decades into its career, and the years have started to take a toll. Earlier this year, the band was forced to postpone its tour when frontman Neil Fallon required surgery after being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis and two herniated discs. Now fully recovered, the singer is set to resume his head-banging ways, if slightly more gingerly now.

The Sword and American Sharks open the show.

Dirk Behlauh photo