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Thursday, January 20, 2011

CD Review: Wo Fat-"Noche del Chupacabra"























The other day a package arrived in the mail, on that package the address was from Wo Fat, I was like "no freakin' way the new Wo Fat!", goddamn was I elated. My wife just stood there and laughed and looked at me like I was crazy. I am like a little kid in a candy store when it comes to hearing new music, especially by one of my new favorite bands. I had never heard of Wo Fat until last year's "Psychedelonaut", which ultimately made my Top 10 of 2009. Ever since, I have been hooked. So needless to say, I had to pop that sucker in and take a listen. Well, here are my thoughts on Wo Fat's new opus "Noche del Chupacabra".

The first track "Bayou JuJu" starts off with a driving bass line which builds the intensity of a full-blown riff-driven psychedelic freak-out. Vocalist Kent Stump beckons "whatcha gonna do know?" There is plenty of wah-wah guitar and killer riffage to wet your appetite for more. The second track "Descent Into the Maelstrom" starts off with a flange-heavy bass line and crushing doom groove played along to a thunderous drum rhythym. Track three "Common Ground" starts off with a ton of feedback then pulverizes you with probably one of the heaviest grooves I have ever heard midway through the song.

One thing that I must state before I continue on is that the five songs on "Noche del Chupacabra" are all long, with all clocking in at six minutes or longer. There is a ton of extensive jamming and interplay between the bandmates and their playing is top-notch. Now back to the music. Track four "Phantasmagoria" is a very heavy blues-inspired tune complete with slide guitar and a slow repetitious groove.

The album's final track "Noche del Chupacabra" is a 15:05 instrumental masterpiece. The song starts with a very tribal-like drum beat and is almost jazzy in nature as the bass line wallows in the background. The song has many time changes and improvision. Some very trippy effects are used to complete the feeling as if you are being sucked through the doors of a hoodoo hut in the middle of a swamp which leads to the extraterrestrial vastness of the universe. Wait, I just explained what the album cover looks like. Anyways, Wo Fat fuckin' rock and that is really all that matters. Doom on Wo Fat!

The album is slated for release sometime mid-February on Nasoni Records. This album will definitely be on my Top 20 at year's end!

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