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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release for the Southern California stoner metal band features a guest appearance from Rush's Alex Lifeson.
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  1. 80
    On Clone of the Universe, Fu Manchu finds a good balance. They give fans what they crave along with something more unexpected.
  2. Kerrang!
    Feb 12, 2018
    The pairing makes more and more sense everytime you listen to it, perfectly rounding off 37 minutes of bubbling, stoned fuzz. [3 Feb 2018, p.52]
  3. Feb 12, 2018
    Clone of the Universe brings to the table another batch of headbangers and a big surprise for fans as the second half. The classic Fu Manchu set is augmented by a more dynamic approach to tempo shifts, leaving the straightforward, punk mindset in the background.
  4. Feb 12, 2018
    Due to the first half's measly runtime (half of its high octane songs clock in at under three minutes) and heavy as hell ending, listening to Clone of the Universe kind of feels like visiting a tapas bar with a few friends, only to drunkenly venture off at the end of the night to slam down a whole duck, solo (and no, that's not a euphemism): it's a journey most would avoid making, but a compelling one for those willing to roll the dice and ride.
  5. The Wire
    Feb 23, 2018
    Much of their output since has been consolatory rather than essential, and ultimately Clone Of The Universe can’t quite escape that tag, but Fu Manchu remain justly loyal to old production values--absurd amounts of bottom end and tube fuzz, basically. [Mar 2018, p.58]
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  1. Feb 16, 2018
    It sounds bad. The only track that is really worth listening to is II Mostro Atomico, which despite its 18 minute run time, is pacedIt sounds bad. The only track that is really worth listening to is II Mostro Atomico, which despite its 18 minute run time, is paced incredibly well. This album's biggest problem is that it is tone deaf and repetitive. The guitar solos are almost formulaic in their delivery, and the songs follow almost the exact same format. Clone of the Universe feels remarkably stale and the record lacks the kind of ingenuity that it needs to stand out. Expand