Fu Manchu have really changed their style from album to album, and this one shows them exploring sludge metal, in the vein of White Zombie or Black Sabbath. They have some really cool edgy riffs in songs like Asphalt Risin’ or Regal Begal, or they can slow down a ton in songs like Neptune’s Convoy or The Falcon Has Landed. There are also still the same grooves from before, in songs like Redline, Cyclone Launch, and solid Hex. Every instrument is really produced coolly, especially the guitars and the bass, with extra fuzz, a great element. My fav songs here are Regal Begal, Redline, Supershooter, and Asphalt Risin’. Fu Manchu are amazing live, too, and really rock hard. If you’re into this, check out Blue Oyster Cult, or Nebula.
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Ok, thanks, Rock n’roll can still be thrilling on XXI century.
Here’s Fu Manchu.
This album could be called In search of Tony Iommi or stuff like that. But that’s great, putting 70’s hard rock into something fresh, raw and garage fuzz.
another great aspect is: You can put girls and cars on the cover of an album and do not seem like rubbish poser crap like Motley crue, Bon Jovi and so on.
It’s a great option for those like me who can’t stand nü metal bands or bubblegum hampty dampty punk bands, no to mention, those rappers that consider themselves genuine disciples of Al Capone or 2 Pac.
There’s no much to think or say about it. The first riffs from Regal Begal makes you wanna bang your head. Fu Manchu made a landmark to stoner rock, and In Search of made them cult, and is quit sure they will never be like Queens of The Stone Age, that had developed a more accurated and “clean”, sound. But, once again this ain’t no negative aspect. Fu Manchu get all the credits for this ultra dynamic sound as you can check in: regal Begal, Asphalt Risin’ The Falcon has Landed (those echoes reminds me of Celtic Frost!!!)
In fact, a good option for those about to rock down the highway.
i bought it for the track strato-streak and you should too. this has to be the best album released since the demise of sabbath.
Now, the Fu are a great bunch of lumbering fuzzy lowdown noisemakers, no doubt, but this isn’t their best album. Daredevil, their previous, was more fresh, exciting, and the songwriting was stronger. This one sounds a little down, a little slow in comparison. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some killer riffs here! I mean, this was my first Fu cd, and it got me hooked. But in retrospect, Daredevil is the best of the early Fu discs. For the later discs, after a couple guys left to form Nebula (be sure to check out To the Center, which is fantastic heavy psych metal groove), Fu stormed back with The Action is Go, which is not only a fantastic title, but possibly the best of their later cds. I’d get it before this one; Daredevil too. It’s a toss up to me which one of those two is better. They are distinctly different. King of the Road is also really good–that’d be the third one to pick up, though No One Rides for Free is cool, too (another early one), but they hadn’t found their sound yet. Still, it has “ojo rojo,” one of their absolute best songs: “She wanted nothing/And I delivered…” Oh yeah. (“ojo rojo” is also available on the early compilation cd.)
This record can just be described in one word. Perfect. It has everything that a ultimate stoner record should have; fuzzed-out guitars and bass, excelent drumming, lyrics about cars and the space and at last the hooks. It is almost unbelievable that a band can be so melodical and yet so extremely heavy. The spirit of Black Sabbath is easily found in here in the catchy riffs but there is no rip-offs to see at all. The sound is too heavy and there is a sort of fuzzed garage-feeling in here that is not to be found in any sabbath-record. Singer Scott Hill’s voice is also one of the things that i love with this record. It feels like it’s almost used as an instrument because of the contrast with the light touch in the background compared to the huge fuzzed-out distortion wall. Clean vocals in the background is nowadays almost a must in a stoner band and that is only one proof of how much Fu Manchu affected the modern stoner. To sum up i just wanted to say that this is one of my favourite albums of all time and one of very few CD’s in a collection of nearly 500 records that don’t include a single weak song. Persons concentrated on the lysics will maybe find them disappointing when they only about driving fast and to get lost in space. but for me it’s just another thing that sets the feelings when you are listening to them. the lysics are not supposed to be about changing the world, only to walk around careless in california and think careless thoughts. So…here is my personal rating, song by song.1. Regal Begal – 9/10Great opening track, sets the mood with a catchy and classic riff. short song but very good. 2. Missing Link – 9/10 Another ultra-heavy but yet catchy riff. It is also packed with great guitar solos. One of the most memorable song on the record. 3. Alphalt Risin’ – 10/10Faster than the two first songs and the second best on the entire record. Excelent solos and a riff that almost makes me dance.4. Neptune’s Convoy – 9/10Slow and spaced-out song with a calm bass-line in the verses that leads to a slow but very heavy chorus. in the end of the song, they speed up the tempo to one of the cathiest pieces of stoner of all time.5. Redline – 8/10Fast and short song with a great riff. maybe feels like a sort of filler but a very good one though.6. Cyclone Launch – 9/10The name fits the song perfectly. I can imagine that be blown away by a cyclone should hve the same effect as the extremely heavy intro riff. overall a great song with nice solos.7. Strato-Streak – 10/10The best song on the records. It has everything that a rock tune should have; the solos, great and heavy riffs, psychadelic passages and lysics about the space(hehe). Completely mindblowing.8. Solid Hex – 9/10Also a very good and one of the faster songs, amongst the best on the record. very simple but it is short so it doesn’t gets boring.9. The Falcon Has Landed – 9/10The heaviest and overall the slowest song on the album, almost sludgy. A real mind-crusher!10 – Seahag – 7/10If I have to pick a song that is my least-favourite, it should by this one. not that it isn’t good…it is simply not as good as the other songs on here.11. The Bargain – 8/10A really cool tune. there is no distortion on here, just spaced out rythms and solos. The reason why I put a eight on it is the fact that it doesn’t really seems to fit in here. 12. Supershooter – 9/10 A song in the same style as The Falcon Has Landed with a slow and sludgy riff. This song is a bit faster though.An essential stoner record in the class of Monster Magnet’s “Spine of God”, Orange Goblin’s “The Big Black”, Atomic Bitchwax’ self titles album and Acid King’s “Busse Woods”!!!