Clutch Passive Restraints

Clutch ‘Passive Restraints’ Track Review

Clutch shows no restraints with this heavy rendition of an old favourite

Clutch have released a reworking of ” Passive Restraints”, the title track from the their 1992 EP. This rendition has been recorded with the assistance of Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe in anticipation of upcoming album The Weathermaker’ s Vault Series on November 27.

Fallon said of the release “Passive Restraints’ was one of the first Clutch songs I wrote lyrics to. It was a staple of Clutch sets for years but fell by the wayside as we wrote more and more songs over the years. When we toured with Lamb of God a few years back, Randy would often ask us to bring it back into rotation. We dragged our feet, and finally, we caved. And we were glad we did. The last time Clutch played Copenhell, Randy joined us on stage to perform the song. We decided to re-record it for the WM Vault Series and thought it was only fitting to have Randy join us.”

Blythe adds a tenacious edge to Fallon’ s distinctive vocals. A highly charged riff increases the tempo to heavy drums . The band’s trippy breakdowns creates a tension for Blythe’ s howls.

The decision to record this track was hardly a difficult one for the Lamb Of God singer. He adds, “When Clutch asked if I wanted to sing an older song with them during our 2016 tour together, I knew immediately which one I wanted to do – ‘Passive Restraints’ ,We performed it in Milwaukee, then again a few years later at Copenhell Fest in Denmark, and I had a blast both times. I think they were a bit surprised I chose a song released in 1992, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve followed their development as a band since the early days and have enjoyed every album, but as a musician, I know sometimes it’s fun to dust off something you haven’t played in many years and see how it sounds. The song holds up to this day, and I was honoured to sing on its re-release.”

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