So at this point Fu Manchu has the Fu Manchu formula down to a science. Put out a killer record, tour and repeat. I have honestly never been disappointed with one Fu Manchu record. Sure, some I like more then others, but they are all freaking good. The thing is, they all sound like Fu Manchu. Killer riffs, simple and laid back approach to the vocals and serious grooves. Well…. Their latest album “Clone Of The Universe” came out today and its another darn good one.
“Clone Of The Universe” starts off strong with the the track “Intelligent Worship” in which Fu front man Scott Hill (guitar/vocals) drops that classic singing style of his. He has always had such a unique and cool approach to his phrasing. There is no mistaking him for anyone else. Of course the song also features a killer riff that rocks hard and gets the head banging. Guitarist Bob Bach also drops a fantastic guitar solo on this one.
The album then takes a turn into circus like groove with the song “(I’ve Been) Hexed.” The guitar vibe is really cool on this one and gives lots of space for bass player Brad Davis to show his chops. The next track “Don’t Panic” reminds a bit of Bl’ast!, but with cleaner and tighter execution. Drummer Scott Reeders performance on this one is top notch.
“Slower Than Light” is a classic Fu Manchu groove that ends up punching you in the face. Scott’s vocals put you in trance while the bass line is pure silk gold. Its the perfect song to lead into “Nowhere Left To Hide.” which is yet another track built around a killer riff. Fu Manchu really let the groove sit in on this one. The slightly sludgy riff pulls back to earth.
The title track is probably my favorite of the album. Its got all of the Fu Manchu elements I love. The vocals work hand and hand with the guitar and you can’t help but digging the hook. Scott Hill is a very underrated when it comes to his lyrics and the hook type melodies he comes up with. Fu Manchu songs always seem to get stuck in my tiny little pea brain.
The album closes out with “ll Mostro Atomico” which is an 18 minute epic monster of a Jam. The band sounds enormous on the long drawn out intro as they pound the riff home. The guitar solo work is killer! Oh by the way… Fu Manchu had a little help from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on this one so…. Thats a thing. “ll Mostro Atomico” also features some pretty cool soundscapes.
So yet again Fu Manchu does what Fu Manchu always does. They stick to being bad ass and as consistent as consistent gets. All four members are stealer players and good dudes to boot. The only complaint I have is I wish there was more!! Seven songs just wasn’t enough. I will say the band sounds very powerful and energetic. You can hear the energy come through their playing on every note. I will be in attendance for the big release show tonight and look forward to seeing these new tracks live.