Southern Californian hard-rock legends Fu Manchu released their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. Their record is their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.
You want the neck brace now or later? Because after listening to Fu Manchu’s 12th album, “Clone of the Universe” you’re gonna need one. Fuzzed out guitar riff after fuzzed out guitar riff, actually audible bass guitar, and vocals that fit the sound perfectly, you can actually smell the weed smoke billowing up from the crowd. The album’s opener “Intelligent Worship” kicks things off and let’s everybody know that this band has pretty much perfected the stoner rock sound.
This album really has something for everyone, “Don’t Panic”, the albums 3rd track has a much faster tempo to it, while the song “Nowhere Left To Hide” slows it down a bit to let you exhale that 4th bong hit. The albums closer “II Mostro Atomico” which translates to The Atomic Monster, clocks in at 18 minutes long. Yeah I know. An 18 minute song! Fuck that. I thought the same thing. But this song is absolutely killer! This is a musical direction Fu Manchu has not really explored before. This song really showcases Fu Manchu’s ability to really go outside their comfort zone and try something different. Plus it has a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson of Rush.
So with “Clone of the Universe” Fu Manchu has released an epic slab of stoner rock that really embodies everything that Fu Manchu has in their musical arsenal. The production is phenomenal, every instrument can be heard and appreciated. Nothing is buried in this record and it just comes across crystal clear.
So what do we have here? Well, we have a musical odyssey brought to us by a band in Fu Manchu that have really perfected their sound through the years. 12 albums in and they still sound as good and fresh as that Oz. of green bud you bought the other day. So i recommend going out and getting this album, kick yourself in the ass for not listening to Fu Manchu, and get on that dirty smelly tour van and enjoy the motherfucking ride.
Author: John Adams