Mastodon & Clutch shell out roaring Milwaukee performance

Two familiar names in the progressive-rock arena returned to the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee. Mastodon and Clutch, a distinctive match for a co-headlining tour, are best known for their edgier take on rock and high intensity live performances.

A familiar roughness of funk metal and traditional rock merged with Clutch; nothing too thrashy and nothing overly artsy, but a heavier take on rock with vintage grittiness and warm undertones.

Clutch is something you’d expect to hear in a beat up badass biker bar – fans somewhat reflecting that demographic – a loose, sometimes sloppy, bluesy rock. I want to say something like a nu-ZZ Top with an adrenaline-pumped Umphrey’s McGee. Everyone seemed to know “The Mob Goes Wild” and chanted along accordingly.

Clutch members were rather relaxed with vocalist Neil Fallon taking on much of the entertaining role. The band was tight, very locked down and focused with their craft, something that also reflected in Mastodon.

Simple is not a word anywhere near Mastodon. Figure in complex guitar riffs with alternating time signatures; progressive rock with an experimental side. Abrasive, yes, but somehow Mastodon finds their way back to less of an edge with mesmerizing melodies and screaming guitars.

An intimidating live experience, Mastodon will evoke a fair amount of thrashing, however they find themselves in a happy medium between speeding through a song and composing something with a lot more depth.

 

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