Wo Fat
The Black Code


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
November 13th, 2012 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wo Fat's most accomplished and most accessible record yet.

Texas riffmasters, Wo Fat, return with their 4th offering entitled The Black Code, their shortest and arguably the most accomplished record out yet. With their previous efforts, the band had problems trimming the track list to a manageable length, but on The Black Code, each of the five tunes bring something different to the table, summing all of the band's qualities into an impressive 46 minute set.

Following the steps of last year's Noche Del Chupacabra, that relied loosely on jamming (especially on the title track), The Black Code tightens the tested formula into a more dynamic affair. Wo Fat keep the engine running until the very end by constantly shifting gears, adding lots of epic solos, while guitarist Kent Stump's vocals are more spot on than ever. The best example is the title track, as it shows the ever increasing chemistry between the three members, growing from a main fat groove to a tight, heavy riffing jam in the middle. At one point, the guitar finally takes off and lets loose the awaited solo with great effect. Overall, "The Black Code" doesn't feel as unified as the rest of the songs, since there are two distinct parts merged together, but somehow works and sounds really good.

Also, the two shortest songs here pack some great action, as opener "Lost Highway" immediately brings out the big guns, starting with an infectious stoner riff, before bursting into a mid-paced monster with killer vocals. Its straightforward structure reveals the core of the band's more stretched affairs, thus indicating what's to come. On the other hand, "Hurt At Gone" surfaces the Southern influences the record boasts, featuring some hard hitting tribal-like drumming, along with some cool fuzzy slide licks and a strong jam towards the end.

The last two songs carry out the more experimental side of Wo Fat hinted on their previous record, Noche Del Chupacabra. "The Shard Of Leng" delves more into psychedelic territory with a lengthy intro containing a hypnotic bass line and several ambient guitar washes, before turning into a fast paced groove monster. The changes are smooth and the band constantly adds new layers then reaching a climax at the last two minutes with a scorching riff complemented by keyboard tweaks. "Sleep Of The Black Lotus" is a great album closer, summarizing really neat what the band's capable of. The whole song feels like an extended jam with slower, fat riffs rounded up with long solos. It's nothing different from Wo Fat's relative simple formula, but it sounds damn good and that's enough.

In the end, it really feels like Wo Fat have reached a creative peak and outdone themselves with The Black Code. With each record they have sharpened their skills, tightened their riffs and the loose jam outings into a more solid formula that's really paying off. The band could use more experimenting outside their comfort zone, but so far they're really masters in their own genre and their music proves that. For stoners, this record is golden and hard rock and metal fans unaccustomed with Wo Fat mustn't miss this record.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good record. Unfortunately for the band, it leaked two months ago.

Any constructive criticism welcomed.



Listen to The Black Code here :

Lost Highway - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEN1YKL6iEI

The Black Code - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hboz_3m-LJg

Hurt At Gone - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNeJgOWgE6w

The Shard Of Leng - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzoATR9_SfI

Sleep Of The Black Lotus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQsm6Q0z5cA



Also, help these guys go to Europe and perform at Roadburn and Desertfest next year, as well as other dates that will be announced in the near future - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wofat/wo-fat-is-going-to-europe

Funeralopolis
November 13th 2012


14586 Comments


who fat?

menawati
November 13th 2012


16715 Comments


need to listen to this i heard one song a while back which was quite good

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't you heard of these guys Funeralopolis ? They're really cool.

Funeralopolis
November 13th 2012


14586 Comments


ifat?
ufat?
menwaitfat?

menawati
November 13th 2012


16715 Comments


hey im just big boned

Ethics
November 13th 2012


4112 Comments


wo fat - the black chode

Rastapunk
November 13th 2012


1524 Comments


That's the name of the bad guy from Hawaï five O :O

HenchmanOfSanta
November 13th 2012


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noche was bitchin', need to check this out.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


27902 Comments


great review pos'd keep up the good work

inspectorK
November 13th 2012


111 Comments


Got into kyuss a ways back and checked this out yesterday, awesome stuff

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

@Rastapunk - Yeah, that's the origin of the band's name.

@HenchmanOfSanta - You should definitely check this then.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


27902 Comments


the cover looks like a thrash album IMO

ViralOblivion
November 13th 2012


7679 Comments


looks like a stoner album cover more than trash

FrozenVain
November 13th 2012


3043 Comments


The black coc-Hello guys what's up?

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to agree to ViralOblivion. It's got that futuristic comic book style. Trash albums usually have some skeletons or something that's brutal IMO (but I don't listen much to trash so I might be mistaken).

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


27902 Comments


hehe i see a lot of thrash albums and they don't always have skulls or even "brutal" stuff on them. I mean check this out (good album too) However I can see how this could look like a stoner cover too especially with the font of the letters

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=xentrix+to+whose+advantage&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38093640&biw=1024&bih=1139&wrapid=tlif135283556459910&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=8qGiUOK6Au-30QGAgIHYBw

SteelErectedb4you8er
November 13th 2012


2620 Comments


Love these dudes. Good review. The album kicks ass, and they rule live too. In January, we are going to do a show with them in their home of Dallas, and then bring them back to Austin with us. I can't wait.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


27902 Comments


@insomniac,

wasn't saying you're wrong though, a lot of thrash albums do have skulls or things like that. idk i just really think this could be a thrash cover ;D especially if the font in the letters was different.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2012


27902 Comments


captain do you think the album art looks like a thrash cover or am i just imagining things?



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