Australian Guitar - - Technique - SARAH COMEY

There are few bands who can get away with 15-track, hour­long al­bums; fusion-rock main­stays Clutch, as they prove once more on al­bum #12, are not one of them. In­no­va­tion is limited on the aptly ti­tled BookOfBadDe­ci­sions, the band rel­e­gat­ing to tired and corny hard rock tropes that feel both self-satir­i­cal and staunchly de­voted, but wholly em­bar­rass­ing nonethe­less. It’s a shame – Tim Sult is re­lent­less with his punchy and pum­melling lead gui­tar work, and given some more in­ter­est­ing tablature, he could’ve been the record’s sav­ing grace. It’s also strange that Clutch have adorned its cover with a paint­ing of an ea­gle – such a stern and mag­is­te­rial bird is meant to rep­re­sent free­dom, but here, Clutch seem trapped and re­stricted.

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