Wo Fat | The Gathering Dark

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The Gathering Dark

by Wo Fat

Fuzzed out, 70's influenced, psychedelic, bluesy, muscle car, stoner riff rock.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Stoner Metal
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1. The Wolf
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2. Manchurian Syndrome
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3. Company Man
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4. The Gathering Dark
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5. Day of Judgement
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6. From Beyond
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7. Holy War
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8. El Brujo
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9. Risin' River
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10. Dreams of Milk and Honey
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11. They're Coming for You, Barbara
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12. Runnin' the Voodoo Down
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Wo Fat are true believers. Believers in the Riff. Devout disciples of Rock. They have seen how far off the path purveyors of \"Nu Metal\" and current day \"Punk Rock\" have strayed and following in the footsteps of the rock and roll prophets of old, have returned to rock and roll’s roots: the blues. But don\'t be fooled; the blues that Wo Fat is mining from is the dark, trance-inducing, backwoods blues of the north Mississippi hill country. The haunting mysterious blues of Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Wo Fat took this tribal hoodoo blues and used it as a foundation for their brand of heavy psychedelic rock. They cranked John Lee Hooker\'s amp to 11!
Despite the heavy infusion of blues, Wo Fat is a rock and roll band above all else, naming Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Leafhound, Randy Holden and other 70's greats as well as more contemporary bands like Sleep, Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Church of Misery as major influences.
With obliquely political lyrics, blistering guitar solos and a nonstop stream of riffs, Wo Fat takes the listener on a journey through shadowy voodoo-filled swamps to another world where rock and roll is about the music, indivduality, rebellion and fighting The Man rather than about conformity
and the corporate bottom line.


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The Trooper

Swamp Thing Arisen
Wo Fat’s debut album is 70+ minutes of sludgy, murky pschedeli-metalli-blues impregnated & bloated with a walloping mess o’graveyard doom. “Gathering Darkness” is a swirling vortex of sound that guides the listener with laser precision towards the pinnacle of a sub-woofer, near life implosion. The guitar dominated riffs lumber along like a swamp-side ogre dragging a mud-drenched tree stump through a forest thicket full of impending dusk. Wo Fat cuts a southern fried swamp groove on up-tempo water draggers like “The Wolf”, “Company Man” and “They’re Coming for You, Barbara” while they exercise a more methodical battering ram to the gut approach on armadillo crunchers like “Manchurian Syndrome” ,“El Brujo” and “Risin’River”. The guitar sound is thick, murky and all enveloping and the bluesy 6 ½ minute dirge that is the title cut sounds like an opium haze that has been air-lifted out of the artful yet psychedelic fuzz that is Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” album. After 5 minutes of rolling along like an alligator tenderizing its’ sacrificial meat, the “Gathering Darkness” track abruptly breaks into a higher velocity riff that to my ears, is warmly reminiscent of the riff change in Budgie’s “Stranded” (from 1972’s “Squawk” LP). In keeping with the influence theme, “El Brujo” features a deliciously conceived riff progression that springs to mind some of the guitar styling that Judas Priest featured on their signature track “Victim of Changes (from 1976’s “Sad Wings of Destiny” album). Despite the influences and these underpinnings are far & wide (ie. Hawkwind, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, Budgie, Grand Funk, Mountain, Armageddon, Robin Trower, etc), Wo Fat has delectably fashioned their own unique sound that is respectful of the aforementioned influences yet absolutely spit-polished & freshly gift-wrapped for the current decade. It is superbly recorded and sports a thick, wall of bass-heavy sound that is perfectly suited to the southern fried doom blues that truly is a most ominously imminent Gathering Dark…and yes, the storm has arrived.