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Clutch

Formed: 1991
From: MD, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Clutch News

Below is our complete Clutch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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New Clutch Album Debuts In Billboard Top 100

Clutch's new album, Robot Hive/Exodus, will debut next week at #93 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and #7 on the Independent Label chart. With sales of almost 13,000, Robot Hive/Exodus (their sixth studio album) marks the band’s highest chart debut and biggest first week sales in their 12 year history.

Clutch is currently co-headlining the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The band will be playing material from the new album, including the first single '10001', as the tour crosses North Americathrough the first week of August, and will return to the road in fall 2005 for their own headlining tour.

“This impressive first sales week by Clutch not only affirms the band's continuing relevance within the rock community,” said DRT co-principal Derek Shulman, “but also shows how competitive an independent label like DRT can be with quality rock acts such as Clutch.”

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Sounds Of The Underground Photos Posted Online

ReturnToThePit.com has posted a bunch of photos from the first Sounds of the Undergroud show in Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA on June 25. Check them out here.

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SotU Bands Schedule Meet And Greet

Everyday at the Sounds of the Underground Tour, all the bands playing will be hanging at their merch tents are various times looking to meet you. The times have been posted here. They change through the tour so check the date you're headed too and see what time the bands will be around.

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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Manson, Slayer, SoaD To Play Festimad 2005

Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.

The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.

Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.

According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."

The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.

The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.

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Lamb of God Confirmed Headliner For SotU Tour

I didn't think this was a secret or anything, but LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed as the headliner for 2005 SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds of the Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour- this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

Joining LAMB OF GOD will be:

CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
OPETH
UNEARTH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
CHIMAIRA
GWAR
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
HIGH ON FIRE
MADBALL
TERROR
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE RED CHORD
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES

Sounds of the Underground 2005 Tour Dates are as follows:

6/25 - Lowell, MA - Paul E Tsongas Arena
6/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
6/28 - Pontiac, MI - Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
6/30 - Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 - Portsmouth, VA - Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 - Montreal, QC - Stade Uniprix
7/04 - Mississauga, ON - Arrow Hall
7/05 - Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
7/07 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
7/10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Village
7/12 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/15 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
7/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
7/29 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 - Denver, CO- Universal Lending Pavilion

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Jagermeister Sponsors Sounds of the Underground

Known for working with some of the heaviest bands in metal music, Jagermeister Liqueur is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of this summer's Sounds of the Underground Tour. This new tour, produced by House of Blues in partnership with the Sounds of the Underground LLC, brings together some of the world's most hard-hitting and uncompromising metal and hard-core acts ever. Sounds of the Underground begins on June 25th in Lowell, Massachusetts and continues through July 31st in Denver, Colorado.

Look for the Jagermeister Lounge, a state-of-the-art inflatable lounge equipped with air-conditioning.* Did we just say air-conditioning? Yes, that's right! Air-conditioning! This lounge was created specifically for Sounds of the Underground and will definitely be a hit when the temperature rises. Stop by for some Jager giveaways!** Meet the world-famous Jagerettes! And check this out: each day the Jagermeister Lounge will host band signings. Come chill out with Jagermeister and meet members of Clutch, Chimaira, GWAR, DevilDriver, Unearth, Every Time I Die, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and more.

A longtime sponsor of up-and-coming bands as well as some of hard rock's heaviest acts, Jagermeister is pumped to be a part of Sounds of the Underground. "When we saw some of the acts on this Tour, we knew we had to be a part of it," says Lee Einsidler, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., the importers of Jagermeister Liqueur. "The Sounds of the Underground Tour brings together some of music's hardest acts in a Tour that really caters to fans, and Jagermeister needs to be there, too."

For more about Jagermeister and its music programs, visit
http://www.jager.com or http://www.jagermusic.com. For more about The Sounds of the Underground Tour, visit http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

* Must be 21 or older to enter the Jagermeister Lounge.

** Must be 21 or over to be eligible for prizes. Giveaways and sweepstakes prizes are subject to state and local laws and are not available in California and may not be available at other shows.

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Second SOTU Tour Pre-Sale Starts April 12

Sounds of the Underground Tour, which features Clutch, Gwar, Lamb of God, Opeth, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, The Red Chord, DevilDriver and many others, will run through the US and Canada this summer. The second internet pre-sale will be April 12th starting at 4pm EST at tix.artistarena.com/soundsoftheunderground.

The following shows will be available:

Jun. 25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena - public on sale April 16
Jun. 26 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier - public on sale April 16
Jul. 03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix - public on sale April 16
Jul. 04 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 05 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion - public on sale April 16
Jul. 12 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys - public on sale April 22
Jul. 13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field - public on sale April 16
Jul. 15 Dallax, TX Smirnoff Parking Lot - public on sale April 22
Jul. 20 Phoenix, AX Mesa Amphitheatre - public on sale April 16
Jul. 26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum - public on sale April 16
Jul. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexhall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 29 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Center - public on sale April 16

Other tour dates: More...

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Clutch Discusses Festival Tours

Clutch have logged enough highway miles for 10 bands, but surprisingly they've never done a festival tour — not one. That'll change this summer when the Maryland hardcore veterans headline the Sounds of the Underground Tour.

"To be honest, [festivals] always struck us as enormous wastes of time and money and didn't look like a whole lot of fun," said Neil Fallon, Clutch's roaring, pint-sized foreman. "[Sounds of the Underground] looks to be something fresh and new. It's not going to be us playing at some ungodly hour in the afternoon, and the people who'll actually go there are hungry for something like this, which works out to everyone's benefit."

Clutch are currently mixing their new disc, Robot Hive/Exodus, for release on June 21. Fallon promises a couple of straight blues tunes plus songs with "very efficient and very traditional arrangements." The band's also working on a DVD that started out as a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of Robot but has been expanded to include "life on the road" footage.

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Initial Sounds Of The Underground Dates Revealed

Dates are slowly leaking out for the Sounds of the Undergroud Tour that will feature Lamb of God, Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and more.

Here are some of the unconfirmed initial dates for the tour:

June 25 Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
June 30 Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
July 01 Toronto, ON - The Docks
July 02 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 05 Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
July 09 Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
July 13 Orlando, FL - Tinker Field

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Sounds of the Underground Presale Info

Sounds of the Underground is offering the "internet community" a presale. Tickets will be available before they go on sale to the general public at this link. Also service fees will be lower than most outlets.

The current Sounds of the Underground lineup is:

Clutch
Opeth
Poison the Well
Chimaira
Norma Jean
Unearth
Madball
Every Time I Die
High on Fire
Throwdown
Terror
Strapping Young Lad
All that Remains
A Life Once Lost
The Red Chord
Fear Before the March of Flames
Devil Driver
With very special guests GWAR and one more headliner to be announced

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More Details On Sounds Of The Underground Tour

A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.

With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."

Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).

"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."

The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.

Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.

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Sounds of the Underground Tour To Rival Ozzfest

The "Sounds of the Underground Tour" will rival Ozzfest and tickets will range from $20- $25. Bands include:

Lamb of God(main stage headliner)
Gwar (second stage headliner)
Unearth
Opeth
Chimaria
Clutch
All That Remains
Norma Jean
Poison the Well
Throwdown
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Devildriver
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)


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Clutch-Gig Stage Diver Convicted Of Lesser Counts

A man who dived off the stage at a CLUTCH concert, injuring two women in the crowd, was found guilty of reduced charges Wednesday (Feb. 9) and put on probation for one year.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst convicted Joseph Seink, 34, of suburban Solon, on two misdemeanor counts of reckless assault. Seink, who agreed to a non-jury trial, could have faced eight years in prison if convicted on two counts of felonious assault.

Seink's attorney, Walter Camino, said he didn't think an appeal would be filed. "We're satisfied with the verdict," he said.

Authorities say two 28-year-old Cleveland women each suffered a cracked neck vertebra but no serious spinal damage when the 195-pound Seink landed on them last June 4 at the Scene Pavilion.

Seink said he sneaked backstage to see the band CLUTCH and celebrated by jumping into the crowd when his favorite song began.

Witnesses testified that heavy metal shows are characterized by violent slam dancing with fans occasionally diving off the stage, expecting the crowd to catch them.

The injured women, Catherine Tressa and Tammie Myers, both have said they didn't expect someone would jump off the stage during the concert.

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Stage Diver Could Face Up To 8 Years In Prison

The Associated Press is reporting that a man charged with injuring two women when he dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert said he never realized someone in the crowd could be hurt.

Joseph Seink wept Monday (Feb. 7) while testifying in his trial on two counts of felonious assault. Authorities say two 28-year-old Cleveland women each suffered a cracked neck vertebra but no serious spinal damage when the 195-pound Seink landed on them last June 4 at Scene Pavilion downtown. More...

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Watch Clutch's Live Video Online

A live video featuring Clutch performing their track 'Pure Rock Fury' has been posted online in Windows Media format and can be downloaded here.

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Locobazooka 2004 Lineup Announced

Locobazooka 2004 is returning to the Fitchburg Municipal Airport this year for 2 full days of music lasting from September 25th through the 26th. Confirmed so far are the following artists:

Breaking Benjamin
Clutch
Crossfade
Dropbox
Earshot
Helmet
Josh Todd
Kittie
Monster Magnet
Saliva
Shinedown
Tantric
Tesla
U.P.O.

...with more TBA.

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Doom Capital Compilation Out Now

A 14- song compendium of crushing Doom, heavy backwoods psychedelia, and stoned blues sludgery from the infamous Maryland/DC Doom Capital scene, featuring all exclusive,rare and new tracks from CLUTCH, THE HIDDEN HAND (featuring Wino of Spirit Caravan / The Obsessed / Saint Vitus / Place Of Skulls), EARTHRIDE, UNORTHODOX, INTERNAL VOID, BLACK MANTA, LIFE BEYOND, WAR INJUN, CARRION, KING VALLEY, COUNTERSHAFT, NITROSEED, LEVIATHAN A.D., and LOS TRES PESADOS. Since the early 1970's, the Maryland/DC region has been home to one of the most vital and influential underground music movements in the world, helping to define the crushing aesthetic of Doom Metal and Stoner Rock. This compilation features both legends and newcomers of the Doom Capital, and delivers over 65 minutes of thunderous doom rock and blackened riffage from the dark shadow of the nations capital, along with detailed liner notes outlining the history of the Doom Capital scene, and information on each of the bands featured.

In stores August 3rd; available now through Crucial Blast.

Head here for some mp3 samples.

The complete tracklisting of the compilation is as follows: More...

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Clutch Put 3 New Songs Online, New Tour Dates

Three tracks from CLUTCH's upcoming album, "Blast Tyrant", have been posted online for listening. You can check out the songs "The Mob Goes Wild", "Regulator", and "Subtle Hustle" at this location. "Blast Tyrant" is set to hit stores March 30 through DRT Entertainment.

CLUTCH have lined up a month-long tour in support of the new album. The band will be appearing with THE BAKERTON GROUP on all the dates, with SUPERJOINT RITUAL set to join the bill for one show. Here are the dates: More...

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Deicide And Superjoint Ritual Team Up For US Tour

DEICIDE will be hitting the road this spring with SUPERJOINT RITUAL. The tour kicks off April 6 in Louisville, Ky. CLUTCH will be joining the bill at select shows. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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