Texas Psychedelic Doom band Wo Fat is back with plans for a new album, their seventh, coming out in the fall of 2021 via Ripple Music. The label is also set to reissue the trio’s first three albums in the coming months, making these long out-of-print classics available to North American fans for the very first time. The band has risen in the desert rock scene over the years and performed at major festivals such as Roadburn, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, Hellfest, and Psycho Las Vegas, their latest release and collaboration with Ripple Music, Live Juju: Freak Valley was the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2017 album Midnight Cometh.
Ghost Cult caught up with the great Ben Ward of the venerable Doom Metal overlords Orange Goblin! On the eve of their first US tour in five years, Ben was gushing about coming back to the states, his excitement to play at Muddy Roots Festival, his personal festival highlights of his career like Download Festival at Castle Donnington, the Mercyful Fate reunion, choosing sick opening bands such as The Skull, Mothership and WoFat, incorporating left-turns musically, and his love of beer and pizza! Orange Goblin’s current album The Wolf Bites Back is available now from Candlelight Records.
Orange Goblin – US Live Dates
Tuesday, August 27th – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre # https://livemu.sc/2G0Fzzl
Thursday, August 29th – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #* http://bit.ly/2K4fEKU
Friday, August 30th – Cookeville TN @ Muddy Roots Music Festival http://bit.ly/2FQOZfc
Saturday, August 31st – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey #^ http://bit.ly/2Vo5B4I
Sunday, September 1st – Austin TX @ Come and Take It Live #^^ http://bit.ly/2Iabq1P
Monday, September 2nd – Los Angeles CA @ Regent Theater ## http://bit.ly/2YPQ14a
# – wsg The Skull
^ – wsg Mothership
* – wsg Weedeater
^^ wsg Mothership & Wo Fat
## – wsg Black Cobra
Stoner Doom Metal greats Orange Goblin have announced an extensive US tour. It will be their first US tour in five years and includes select stops in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas and an appearance at The Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville, TN. Weedeater will now be joining the band as direct support in Chicago at Thalia Hall, with Black Cobra, The Skull, Mothership and Wo Fat on other dates, with more to be announced soon. The band is still touring behind their excellent last album, The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight). Find a complete list of dates below, and all tickets are on sale now. Continue reading
Psycho California is now set for May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA with Sleep, Pentagram and Cult Of Luna as headliners.
The rest of the previously announced acts include:
Old Man Gloom
Death By Stereo
Samsara Blues Experiment
Destroyer of Light
Lords of Beacon House
Cleopatra Records are reportedly preparing a Black Sabbath tribute album for a 2015 release. An image was shared on Kylesa’s Facebook page, and the track listing is as follows:
Wo Fat – “The Warning“
Stoned Jesus – “The Writ“
Death Hawks – “Hand Of Doom“
House Of Broken Promises – “Lady Evil“
Scorpion Child – “Hole In The Sky“
Mos Generator – “Dirty Women“
Machuca – “Planet Caravan“
Ulver – “Solitude“
Cancer Bats – “Into The Void“
Witch Mountain – “Sleeping Village“
Solace – “Electric Funeral“
Pentagram – “Tomorrow’s Dream“
Kylesa – “Paranoid“
Bloody Hammers – “Changes“
More information on the release is expected soon.
Not everybody has the attention span for songs that boil over the four-minute mark and when done badly, this type of music can sometimes be a chore to listen to. Wo Fat is a threesome from Texas whose songs have become longer and longer with each release, while their number of tracks has become shorter. Boasting a stoner-rock sound, with some doom and psychedelic tendencies, The Conjuring (Small Stone) is the bands fifth studio album since their 2003 beginnings, and like its two predecessors it is made up of only five tracks and yet consists of over 40 minutes worth of music. Mostly a solid listen, The Conjuring does however have some weak points that let it down.
Starting with the slow burning, southern tones of title-track ‘The Conjuring,’ it’s clear from the off that riffs-a-plenty are once again going to feature here and so they do throughout. ‘Read The Omens,’ one of the shorter tracks, is also one of the best; its upbeat and quick-tempo start continuing to remain throughout, while the excellent ‘Beggars Bargain’ ups both the southern beat and creativity even more. The Conjuring however is not all imaginative gold as ‘Pale Rider From The Ice’ suffers from dull moments as does closing number ‘Dreamwalker’, but on a larger scale. Weighing in at 17 minutes long, the final track of the album doesn’t have enough substance to justify its length and so the result is one of indifference.
The Conjuring doesn’t exactly bring anything new or exciting to the stoner-doom-rock genre, but it isn’t a bad effort within it. Fans of the band will be pleased with the new output, even if it doesn’t transcend their previous efforts and if you’re new to Wo Fat and enjoy this type of music, The Conjuring is worth a listen.
Or at least most of it is.