Wednesday 16 March 2016

WO FAT - Midnight Cometh (Album Review)

Release date: May 20th 2016 . Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Midnight Cometh – Tracklisting

1. There's Something Sinister in the Wind
2. Riffborn
3. Of Smoke and Fog
4. Le Dilemme de Detenu
5.. Three Minutes to Midnight
6.. Nightcomer

Band Members:

Kent Stump - vocals & guitar
Tim Wilson - bass guitar
Michael Walter - drums


Swampedelic Rockers – Wo Fat return with their sixth album – Midnight Cometh. It sees Wo Fat return to their earlier blues rock based sounds though the heavy doomy psych stoner metal vibes from past albums are still present. With the guys now signed to Ripple Music from Small Stone Records, it’s good to see they haven’t lost their appetite for all things psychedelic.

Midnight Cometh includes the Wo Fat trademark style of epic spaced out trippy jams with doomy influences of things that go bump in the night. Kent’s vocals are strong as ever as he is in his element here. Along with the other members – Tim and Michael – Wo Fat never out-stay their welcome as they show the world who are the masters of Swampedelic Stoner Metal.

Opening track – There’s Something Sinister In The Wind – has a familiar sound and vibe from Wo Fat’s 4th album – The Black Code. Though to keep things sounding fresh, the band have added almost psychedelic tribal noises to give this album quite a creepy feel. The epic jams soon come into play with great work from Michael on Drums and Tim on Bass Guitar respectively. If you’re here primarily for Wo Fat’s trademark epic jams then you’re in luck as the band play impressive epic jams for the final four minutes or so.

Second track – Riffborn – allows Wo Fat to indulge in more spaced out jams. The doomy atmosphere is layered with a psych blues sounds that is a stark contrast to the opening song.

Third track – Of Smoke And Fog – sees Wo Fat creating heavier sounds that are drenched in huge waves of psychedelic riffs and textures. This is perhaps my fave song on the album as it has all the trademarks for a classic Wo Fat song. Heavy spaced out riffs mixed with the familiar swamp based sounds from this Texan power-trio. It’s Tim and Michael who impress the most. They create stunning rhythms for Kent to build his riffs upon. Quite a hard task especially when this song runs past the eleven minute mark.

The second half of the album is equally as good if not better than the first half. Songs such as Three Minutes To Midnight and Necromancer sees Wo Fat looking back at their own musical past and blending it with the heavier sounds from their last two albums. Midnight Cometh represents the past, present and future of this great band as they’ve released another outstanding album of heavy swampedelic riffs for us to worship for a long time.

Some people may prefer their previous album – The Gathering and I will admit the music is more assessable on that album. However, Midnight Cometh has a doomier and slightly more gloomier approach to their previous albums. The one thing you can’t deny is, this is definitely the sound of Wo Fat and there isn’t a band quite like them around at the moment. Midnight Cometh is perhaps their heaviest, most far-out and doomiest album to date. Believe the hype, Wo Fat have created a MONSTER.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Midnight Cometh will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from May 20th 2016.