After over 12 years of slinging their Texas-sized psychedelic blues doom, Wo Fat is going stronger and rocking harder than ever, as they continue their swampadelic visionquest of overdriven, fuzz-laden riffage and jazz-minded jam explorations, and with six studio albums, a live album, and a couple splits under their belt, Wo Fat has gained a reputation as one of the premier US Stoner Metal bands. 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 Wor 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 a number of iconic festivals in Europe and the US, including Roadburn Festival, Freak Valley Festival, Psycho California Festival, Sylak Open Air Festival, Desertfest Berlin, Desertfest London, Maryland Doomfest, Stoned Meadow of Doom, Doomed and Stoned Indiana, and one of the largest metal festivals in Europe, the famed Hellfest in France, where they were included on Metal Hammer’s “Nine Best Bands of Friday at Hellfest” list, Wo Fat teamed up with 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.
The most recent album, Midnight Cometh, was 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…
Wo Fat is:
Kent Stump – guitar, vocals
Michael Walter – drums,
Zack Busby – bass