You’re not about to hear me start complaining that Clutch are doing a 2LP reissue of their 2004 outing, Blast Tyrant. I recall thinking at the time that their DRT Records debut was their best album yet, perfectly nailing the middle ground between the overly smoothed Elephant Riders and the rawer-than-it-needed-to-be Pure Rock Fury. Even now, “Subtle Hustle” was easily among the high points of my New Year’s Eve. But what I’m not seeing in the press release below is any news of a new album.
Sure, a Blast Tyrant reissue is great — I know the CD one they did last year through their own Weathermaker Music certainly was — but with a spring tour booked and European festivals in the summer, when can we expect a follow-up to 2009′s Strange Cousins From the West? That’s what I really want to know.
Three years and no new Clutch is a long time. Just saying. In the meanwhile, here’s this:
Weathermaker Music has announced the date of Feb. 28 as the official retail release for the Clutch double-vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant’s “Atlas of the Invisible World.” Each illustrated poster is sized 8.5″ x 11″ and depicts one of the various characters featured within the Blast Tyrant storyline. Prior to Feb. 28, the double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant is exclusively available via clutchmerch.com.
In Clutch tour news the guys are about to confirm a North American Spring Tour. Dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Clutch will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid, Spain, on May 26 and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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