Continuing to usher forth their Wendigo spirit, Dallas' Wo Fat have returned with their fifth full-length album, The Conjuring, another stoner psych-doom excursion into places unknown, deadly, and dense with an oft-misunderstood species known as the killer blues.
Recorded at guitarist-lead vocalist Kent Stump's Crystal Clear Sound, the album follows the Wo Fat template of towering doom riffs stirred with the devil-may-care nonchalance of southern blues and classic hard rock fuzz. Similar to their past two efforts, 2011's Noche del Chupcacabra and 2012's The Black Code, The Conjuring wields a five-song set of grooving mythically charged stoner rock. While not metal in the strictest sense, Wo Fat's infatuation for seductive down-tuned riffs, in addition to the sheer sonic weight delivered, makes them a favorite amongst stoner-doom thrill-seekers, and for good reason. The Conjuring hears the boys sizzling from afar with their unmistakable fuzz-realm flair.
Wo Fat, as they do like few others, jam about in a style that's as much jazz and blues-trio influenced as it is about swirling up stoned-out southern metal dust. With Tim Wilson building and leveling grooves off with his rumbling bass lines, Michael Walter swinging hard and smooth and setting the standard for his boys to follow, and Stump just burning away with his ever-enhancing, always-entrancing solo work -- Stump flat-out struts on the closer "Dreamwalker" -- Wo Fat have turned The Conjuring into a record that has little to do at all with being recorded. The music is alive with flame and smoke and things that only come out at night.
With the hot summer months on the near horizon, Wo Fat's latest couldn't have landed at a better time. The Conjuring is the trio at their most confident and awe-inducing, doling out heaviness like heavy ain't no thing. So be careful jamming this album beside a bonfire. There's no telling what may come crawling out of the cinders.
Brand spankin new record from Wo Fat. Enjoy The Conjuring! If you like what you hear, help support the band by purchasing the album here.
1. The Conjuring - 0:00
2. Read the Omens - 9:51
3. Pale Rider from the Ice - 16:45
4. Beggar's Bargain - 23:58
5. Dreamwalker - 30:26
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