We Must Obey

Fu Manchu

At last! I couldn't wait any longer for this band's next masterpiece! After having listened […]
By Yiannis Dafopoulos
February 6, 2007
Fu Manchu - We Must Obey album cover

At last! I couldn't wait any longer for this band's next masterpiece! After having listened to the great California Crossing (2002) and Start The Machine (2004), I was waiting for three whole years for this album! I know that every single fan will be relieved to see that FU MANCHU managed to create a new Surf Rock/Stoner/Hard Rock or however you want to call it masterpiece! Fuck the tags! This album is hard & heavy and you can understand that from the very first note!

Formed in 1988, FU MANCHU have managed to become one of the greatest Heavy Rock (fuck the Surf Rock/Stoner tags) bands. Having already released nine albums, they signed a contract with Century Media in 2006. In the summer of 2006, the band entered the studio to record 13 new songs and 3 cover songs, according to a statement by Scott Hill. As we can see, their brand new album, We Must Obey, contains eleven tracks, one of which is Moving In Stereo, originally performed by THE CARS.

It took quite some time to think about what I would write in this review. Whoever knows FU MANCHU, knows that there is nothing more to expect from this band, than heaviness, incredible groove and riffs that seem to be inspired by the combination of good whiskey and fast cars (to be more precise, a 70's Chevrolette). There are no experimental stuff, melodic breaks or brutal touches. The only thing that you will find in here is good groovy band, maybe one of the grooviest bands out there! The best thing I read about them was a phrase that made me laugh at first, but later on made me agree 100%. It said: as purely Californian as anything Brian Wilson (BEACH BOYS) ever recorded. If you haven't listened to anything by these guys, imagine a mixture of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and UNIDA. Starting to get the picture? While listening to their music the first thing that comes into your mind is yourself being in a 70's Chevrolette, driving down a long highway and drinking a bottle of good whiskey. Still not convinced about the quality of these guys?

I think that this album will stay for a quite long time in my CD player. I think that all Hard Rock, Stoner and Sludge (or lovers of Rock in general) fans should have a taste of We Must Obey. And if you like it, do yourself a favor and go buy California Crossing, I think you will love it.

8 / 10


"We Must Obey" Track-listing:

We Must Obey
Knew It All Along
Let Me Out
Hung Out To Dry
Shake It Loose
Land Of Giants
Between The Lines
Moving In Stereo
Didn't Really Try
Sensei Vs Sensei

Fu Manchu Lineup:

Scott Hill - Vocals, Guitar
Bob Balch - Guitar
Brad Davis - Bass
Scott Reeder - Drums

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