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Album Review

Not that it's unique, yet even with half the band changed from the last time around, the twin-riff action that kicks off "Evil Eye," and The Action Is Go! as a whole, sounds like nobody else but Fu Manchu, somehow. Punk energy, classic rock drive, psychedelic crunch, and heavy-ass grind all at once — really, is anything more needed? From there the new lineup proceeds to kick ass and take names in its own way — music to shake one's very long hair to while cranking it up and driving around. Hill's strength as a vocalist has long been that he doesn't sound like a deep, bellowing yahoo, but that nutty kid down the block who knows how to party anyway. The Action Is Go! lets him demonstrate that in spades, not to mention his guitar abilities as well as Balch's lead soloing. He and Bjork make perfect recruits for Fu Manchu — the one pours out the heavy, never dull riffing, the other knows how to lay down some grooves and slam it out when needed in equal measure. Check out the extended zone-outs on "Burning Road" and "Trackside Hoax" to see how both can play it calm when needed for totally cranking up. Another smart touch was getting J. Yuenger, ex-White Zombie guitarist, as producer — he balances a touch more clarity in the mix with full-bodied charge, not to mention playing a variety of additional keyboards and goodies. Unsubtle hints and homages to the '70s puree of influences crop up throughout — Bjork's funky breaks on "Urethane" will have many humming War's "Lowrider" to themselves, and for good reason. All this, a cover of SSD's hardcore classic "Nothing Done," and a great Glen E. Friedman skateboard photo from 1977 on the front — sounds like Southern California from here.

Customer Reviews

The Best Damn Band In The Land

If you like basic hard core So-Cal rock you will love Fu Manchu. The best album of theirs is "Go For It Live" but iTunes doesn't have it. "The Action Is Go" is the second best. BUY THIS ALBUM!!! HELL!, BUY ALL THEIR ALBUMS!!!

an instant classic

it is the sound of smoke escaping from the bong during exhalation. This album makes all the right moves, and will satisfy any one who enjoys music derived from the sounds of black sabbath. the production, which is very smooth and professional, belies the fact that this album is a ton of fun. that said, it is a bit uneven, but the first four tracks are so profoundly solid that one can't complain. this album is a must have for anyone who enjoys loud rock music and heavy riffs.

Worst Written Fu Manchu Review Ever!

I think what hjc was trying express in his or her recent review of this wonderful Fu Manchu album is that... it's is the greatest Fu Manchu album ever and that all the songs are well written... unlike the review he or she submitted to iTunes. As for stoner rock listeners, well, they should probably spend more time at school and less time at the skatepark or attempting the written word on iTunes. Listening to Fu Manchu should not affect your own grammar or spelling, but it just might improve your taste in music.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Southern California's Fu Manchu began crafting heavy, psychedelic-tinged rock in 1990 with their debut single, "Kept Between Trees." Throughout the early '90s the group honed their sound on similarly intense singles, and released their debut album, No One Rides for Free, in 1994 on Bong Load Records. Daredevil, also on Bong Load, followed in 1995. The group switched to Mammoth Records for their 1996 album In Search Of...; the next year, founding members Scott Hill (vocals, guitars) and Brad Davis...
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