Clutch Break Into US Top 15

The new Clutch album "Earth Rocker" has smashed into the higher ranks of the Billboard Top 100, proving that real rock is alive and well in the mainstream charts.

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Clutch have beaten off competition from pop stars to land at No. 15 on the official Billboard Hot 100 with their new album "Earth Rocker".

It's a huge improvement on their last release "Strange Cousins From The West" which landed at No. 38 in 2009, which was already a pretty good placement for a rock band that makes no compromises.

Previous efforts "From Beale Street To Oblivion" and "Robot Hive / Exodus" reached No. 52 and 93 respectively.

They've done better in the US than the UK and Germany, where their albums didn't quite hit the top half of the top 100, but their label Weathermaker Music say they're "thrilled" with their latest album sales anyway.

"The release campaign began six months ago. We executed on our worldwide plan by integrating touring, promotion, retail and digital marketing as well as specialty/metal and Active Rock radio campaigns in a perfect sequence. Our partners around the world backed us up," said label manager Stefan Koster (via Blabbermouth).

"In the end, none of it would have been the same without this great album. Clutch is the quintessential American rock band!"

See their Sin City-inspired lyric video for "Crucial Velocity" here:

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What do you think of the new Clutch release? Post your personal review of the album or this song in the comments.

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    Digging the new album. Tim Sult continues to crank out great riffs.
    Any time I hear about a rock album charting high, I go out and buy a copy just to promote rock sales. Haven't ever heard of Clutch, but I know what I'm spending money on tomorrow.
    Rather, I've heard of maybe one of their singles and never given them a chance
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    The album sold 21000 copies this week to get that position in case anyway cares about sales numbers.
    Thank you for the figure! Good to know they're getting some recognition, but it's nice to know what's backing that number up so to speak.
    Glad are enjoying some success, they deserve it. One of the hardest working bands around. I wouldn't be surprised if they did 200 shows a year most year.
    Lyrics in the posted song are cheesy. Not feelin' the singer's voice either. I like what the rest of the band is doing though. Drummer has a nice snare style going on.
    Good for them!!!! "Crucial Velocity" has a monster magnet feel to it. I got to see clutch live a few months ago and they played that song and Earth Rocker and it was awesome!!!! Great band!!!
    Damn! I believe this guy will be making a previously unplanned trip to the store today to pick up a certain new album! Congratulations to Clutch, they truly deserve it.
    I've listened to it only about 20x, it's awesome and if you get a chance see them live, they were amazing two weeks ago!
    Seeing these guys for my birthday on December 28th! I'm addicted to this album, by the way.