Wo Fat – Midnight Cometh album review

Adventurous Dallas stoners cultivate some hardy new strains

Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh album cover

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The beauty of stoner metal is that it never runs the risk of getting too clever for its own good.

That doesn’t mean the genre is closed to innovation and Wo Fat have been patrolling its darker realms for 13 years, releasing five progressively ambitious albums bursting with piledriving riffs and bluesy, psychotropic reveries.

Straight from Midnight Cometh’s opener, There’s Something Sinister In The Wind, the Texas bruisers hit the ground full-tilt, with swampy riffs that burst into a galloping blast that ends in a blitz of finger-blurring fretwork. Of Smoke And Fog oozes with resinous experimentalism and jazzy accents before erupting into a freakout with a funky breakdown that recalls 70s-era Zeppelin. And Riffborn is a volume-cranking free-for-all, perfect for throwing long manes of hair back and forth. Diverse, aggressive and balanced, Wo Fat have cemented their status among stoner metal’s prismatic visionaries.

Joe Daly

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.