Clutch have been quiet as of late, but the band is ready to emerge from the studio with their latest chugging opus, 'Earth Rocker.' The group just completed the effort, and they currently have circled March 2013 on their calendar to release the disc.

Singer Neil Fallon tells Antiquiet, “Last minute overdubs are fun -- Harmonicas, tambourines (yes, we use those), claps, the odd backing vocal. Recording can be monotonous, so those unintended moments can be a lot of fun. It’s kind of like kindergarten music class, but with beer. And sometimes the spontaneity of a last ditch idea breathes a lot of life back into a song that we’ve been beating up for weeks on end. A looming deadline can be a great muse!”

As for the sound, the frontman adds, “It has a lot in common with 'Blast Tyrant' in that Machine’s production techniques are really unique. It differs from 'Blast Tyrant' and a lot of other Clutch records in that, overall, the songs are faster and concise.”

With the record ready to go, Clutch will get their live chops in order. The band has booked a handful of late October/early November shows in the Midwest, and will also take part in a late year holiday tour in the period between Christmas and New Year's Eve. After that, the group will head to Europe for January and February dates before 'Earth Rocker's' March release.

Clutch Tour With Lionize and Monstro

10/31 -- Flint, Mich. -- Machine Shop
11/1 -- Flint, Mich. -- Machine Shop
11/2 -- Joliet, Ill. -- Mojoes
11/3 -- Detroit, Mich. -- St. Andrews Hall
11/4 --Detroit, Mich. -- St. Andrews Hall

Holiday Tour With Mondo Generator, Saviors and Wino

12/26 -- Washington, D.C. -- 9:30 Club
12/27 -- Asheville, N.C. -- Orange Peel
12/28 -- Lexington, Ky. -- Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
12/29 -- Columbus, Ohio -- Newport Music Hall
12/30 -- Sayreville, N.J. -- Starland Ballroom
12/31 -- Worcester, Mass. -- The Palladium