King Of The Road by Fu Manchu

Available on double vinyl LP on At the Dojo. Reissue of Fu Manchu’s sixth studio album that was originally released in 1999. If unfamiliar with the manchu, imagine Kyuss leaving their desert dwellings, taking a shot of whiskey. It’s stoner rock with them readdressing the sex and rock ‘n’ roll ratio.

Vinyl Double LP £19.93 ATD011LP

Reissue 2LP on At The Dojo.

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King Of The Road by Fu Manchu
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10/10 Tommy Shotton 26th June 2015

Fu Manchu's fifth album is getting the deluxe reissue treatment which it so rightly deserves. The original vinyl mastering really sucked when it came out back in 2000 and At the Dojo (the band's label) have done a great job with this one, opting for the double-vinyl option.

Such killer jams on this one. It's perhaps not the classic that it's predecessor 'The Action is Go' is, but it is a great - and underrated in some quarters - solid hard rock record from a band that was at the peak of their powers. It's heavy but not in an obvious way, easing off the fuzziness of their previous records and going for a smoother classic-rock production without losing any of the kickass riffs and punk energy. Drummer Brant Bjork was Fu Manchu's secret weapon around this period and it's a shame he didn't stick around for more than another album. He has this super-dry and laid back feel, even on full-blast jams like 'Hell on Wheels' and the title tune.

Unfortunately this was the last totally solid Fu Manchu album before they appeared to lose confidence and chase after current trends and stuff in the noughties and beyond. You gotta pick this up - along with the aforementioned 'Action is Go' record and its predecessor 'In Search Of...' - if you are in any way a fan of loud heavy riffy rock music with lyrics about driving a variety of vehicles pretty fast through Southern California.


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