Making their triumphant return since their anticipated album “Gigantoid” back in 2014, this Orange County based stoner rock band is releasing a new full length titled “Clone of the Universe”, and of course I’m talking about the legends “Fu Manchu”. These guys really know how to combine such cool genres like the old 70s vibes with the 80s skate movement that was going on in California, if I had to wrap them up in a description I’d say they’re like if Jimi Hendrix rode a skateboard.
So now we got the bio out of the way, let’s dig in this monster. On the first couple tracks they try to really bring the punk style, but still incorporating the old school feel to them, but it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to hard, it feels very natural and it flows absolutely perfect. Towards the middle you get kind of a slower/trippy song titled “Slower than Light”, which is great breakup of the album, it let’s you take a breath and relax for a second, but then it jumps right back in the heaviness with the song “Nowhere Left to Hide”. And the title track of the album definitely sums up the whole album, when they released it as their single it didn’t really make much sense and I thought it was kind of a boring song, but going back and listening to it in full it makes a lot more sense now.
The only negative thing I have to say about the album is the last track “II Mostro Atomico”, now the song itself isn’t bad but I just think it doesn’t fit, like yeah I get that they were just trying to have a jam song at the end but the whole album is full of 2-4 minuet bangers, so to put a 18 minuet long epic just didn’t feel right to me, but hey I think overall they make a fantastic record and anyone that hasn’t heard of this great band needs to dig into their old discography and check them out. Make sure you go support Fu Manchu and go check them out on tour!
Today I’m giving this record a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.