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Fu Manchu - Start The Machine (7/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: Stoner Rock
Label: DRT Entertainment
Playing time: 35:35
Band homepage: Fu Manchu


  1. Written In Stone
  2. I Can't Hear You
  3. Understand
  4. Make Them Believe
  5. Hey
  6. I'm Gettinn' Away
  7. Out To Sea
  8. Open Your Eyes
  9. Today's Too Soon
  10. It's All The Same
  11. Tunnel Vision
  12. I Wanna Be
Fu Manchu - Start The Machine

It seems like a lot longer than 2002 when the guys released the less than entertaining “California Crossing”. The album wasn't as memorable as their pervious efforts and I just felt let down. FU came back with a live album in 2003 which was good, but then again, it's just live stuff which the band should know inside and out. How can you fuck that up, right?!


Now, with a new label, the guys whip out "Start The Engine." It shouldn't be any shock as to what you are going to get with the boys from Orange County. More fuzzy and distorted guitars plague the sound and disc. The rhythmic and drum intensive "Written In Stone" is nothing new or special. You have heard it before, but it's not bad because it has a catchy beat and it does rock out. "I Can't Hear You" is such a short and fast song, that it's gone before you know it. Although it's only just over two minutes in length, it's a much more powerful jam than the opener. It's got bass licks that will make your speakers bounce. The drums have more energy and the guitar riffs simply rock the house. Way to go boys.


After several jams, the boys slow it down to a psychedelic stoner beat with the instrumental track "Out To Sea." It's actually quite refreshing to hear the band do something else besides filling up this piece of plastic with tons of dirty guitar riffs which I don't mind, but they are beginning to wear slightly thin. Although this is a lot better than their last outing, I can't help feeling like this is the end of the road for this band and type of music. It's good shit to listen to with the windows rolled down while you're cruising in your van, but I think this genre has gone as far as it could. Not even MONSTER MAGNET's newie could save this genre either. I think we have come to the end of the road, but I would love to say that it was fun while it lasted. (Online January 12, 2004)

Joe Florez

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