After over 10 years of slinging their Texas-sized psychedelic blues doom, Wo Fat is going stronger and rocking harder than ever, promising to continue their swampadelic visionquest of overdriven, fuzz-laden riffage and jazz-minded jam explorations with the next chapter, entitled Midnight Cometh, looming on the horizon. Through five studio albums, a live album, and a couple splits, starting with The Gathering Dark in 2006, they have stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wails from within and have forged their riffs with a primal grooviness, giving them a consistency of style, even while they have progressed and matured as a band, with their musical forays getting heavier but also trippier at times. 2009’s Psychedelonaut really began to solidify the Wo Fat name, garnering them wider critical recognition, leading to releases with Nasoni and Totem Cat records and then on to their two most critically acclaimed releases to date, The Black Code (2013) and The Conjuring (2014,) both released on the iconic stoner rock label, Small Stone Records, with The Conjuring landing on NPR’s “Top Ten Metal Albums of 2014” list, among numerous other “best of” lists. One reviewer (yourlastrites.com) aptly described the album this way: “It’s hard to know where to place The Conjuring along the stoner spectrum because it’s metal heavy, but it rolls like rock.” During these last few years, Wo Fat has made appearances at the legendary Roadburn Festival, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, Psycho California Festival and Sylak Open Air Festival as parts of a number of successful international tours.
In May and June of 2016, coinciding with another European tour that included appearances at Desertfest Berlin, Desertfest London and one of the largest metal festivals in Europe, the famed Hellfest in France, where they made Metal Hammer’s “Nine Best Bands of Friday at Hellfest” list Wo Fat teamed up with a label on the rise, Ripple Records, to release Midnight Cometh, the newest slab of riffage that is possibly their most daring psychotropic exploration of heaviness to date. With voodoo drums beating and molten blues-tempered waves of guitar riffery, they are carrying on the Wo Fat tradition of keeping things heavy and fuzzy, but also groovy, which, all too often, is a missing element in much modern heavy music. You can hear the echoes of field hollers and that oft forgotten “way back yonder funk” that fuel the fire that burns deep in the swamp at the witching hour. You can feel the rush of living on the edge and glimpse a phantasmal Coltrane in your peripheral vision as they careen through improvisational jams. And all this with an unrelenting metal heaviness underscoring apocalyptic lyrics that conjure visions of the end of an age, (our age?) and black midnight bargains and the consequences reaped. While Wo Fat may be speaking a familiar language to the apostles of the riff, there isn’t anyone that sounds quite like them.
Midnight Cometh has been welcomed by loads of great reviews and Wo Fat has had a full page interview feature in Classic Rock Magazine.
Rumor has it that incantations and conjurings of the Riff have begun for the next album…
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