Fu Manchu Return with New Album 'Clone of the Universe'

Rush's Alex Lifeson will guest on an 18-minute-plus side-long epic
Fu Manchu Return with New Album 'Clone of the Universe'
Hard-rock cult heroes Fu Manchu haven't gifted us with a full-length since 2014's Gigantoid, but that's now all about to change. Come February 9, the Southern California fuzz-rock titans will release their 12th studio effort Clone of the Universe, which will arrive via their own At the Dojo Records.

The album promises to mark a new chapter for the group, "as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts," according to a press release. The centrepiece of it all is apparently a new song called "IL Mostro Atomico" — an 18-minute-plus side-long epic that features none other than a special guest performance by Rush guitar hero Alex Lifeson.

The album was recorded and produced by Fu Manchu and Jim Monroe at the Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA, with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley, CA.

"Heavier than anything they've ever done and broken into four distinct sections, it's new ground for a band that's been pushing the boundaries of 'fuzz and wah' since its formation in 1990," the press release explains.

The album announcement comes with news of a tour around Europe and the U.S. (but unfortunately not yet in Canada).

"We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially 'Il Mostro Atomico,'" said founding guitarist Scott Hill in a statement. "We think it's some the strongest music we've ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex play on it is just incredible. It gives it tat special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song."

You can see Fu Manchu's currently confirmed tour schedule over here. More dates are also promised to be added for 2018.

Clone of the Universe:

1. Intelligent Worship

2. (I've Been) Hexed

3. Don't Panic

4. Slower Than Light

5. Nowhere Left To Hide

6. Clone Of The Universe

7. IL Mostro Atomico