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Fu Manchu - We Must Obey - 2007 - Century Media

Track Listing

1. We Must Obey
2. Knew It All Along
3. Let Me Out
4. Hung Out To Dry
5. Shake It Loose
6. Land Of Giants
7. Between The Lines
8. Lesson
9. Moving In Stereo
10. Didn't Really Try
11. Sensei Vs Sensei
Orange County's purveyors of buzz-fuzz is back with record number eleven in "We Must Obey", a record that sees the band crankin' it up while tuning it down. For this bombastic display of stone deafness the group recruit famed knob-turner Andrew Alekel, known for his work with mainstream acts such as Weezer, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Rancid. With those commercial hands touching the band's long-running success formula one had to question just how troubling this mix really would be. Let me say that the end result is something that works out perfectly seeing the band still retaining a mammoth amount of bottom heavy while latching on to accessible verses and chorus bits. The low-end is crushing while the highs are smooth and rhythmic. Any of the group's seasoned fans should find this smokin' red hot with riff after riff of stoner washed out doom retroactive to Tony, Ozzy, Geezer, and Bill clangin' and bangin' in the industrial section of town.

The Bottom Line - Catchy and a bit more punk wrapped while still sounding clean and bottom heavy.



--EC 05.05.07
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Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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