2018 album. Also available on vinyl.
Southern Californian hard-rock legends Fu Manchu are releasing their 12th studio album, ‘Clone of the Universe’, their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of ‘Gigantoid’. The new album marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with the unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute, side long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band Rush.
Heavier than anything they’ve ever done and broken into 4 distinct sections, it’s new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990. “We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico,” says founding guitarist, Scott Hill. “We think it’s some of the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex [Lifeson] play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.” The album was recorded and produced by the band and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA.