Wo Fat
The Singularity

Label: Ripple Music
Three similar bands: Orange Goblin/Kyuss/Lo-Pan

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Orphans of the Singe
2. The Snows of Banquo IV
3. Overworlder
4. The Unraveling
5. The Witching Chamber
6. The Singularity
7. The Oracle


Kent Stump – guitar, vocals
Michael Walter – drums
Zack Busby – bass

The Gathering Dark (2006)
Psychedelonaut (2009)
Noche del Chupacabra (2011)
The Black Code (2012)
The Conjuring (2014)
Midnight Cometh (2016)



Released 2022-05-06
Reviewed 2022-05-01



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“After over 16 years of slinging their Texas-sized psychedelic blues doom, WO FAT is going stronger and rocking harder than ever, as they continue their swampadelic vision quest of overdriven, fuzz-laden riffage and jazz-minded jam explorations” is something I quote from the press material. They are said to be critically recognised and I ready a lot about daring psychotropic exploration, heaviness and things like that. And I can note that the cover of the trio’s latest album is great, I like the sci-fi themed technology and danger – if only the music was that good.

It is fuzzy, stoner, psychedelic, bluesy rock with lots of powerful riffs. The sound is not as fat as the band name would suggest, the production is gruff, kind of like it often is withing the stoner kind of music. In a way it is like the machine on the cover. The songs are long, all are over seven minutes and three of them over ten minutes, so the playing time is very long. The vocals are generic. The soundscapes are also generic, and the variation feels limited. There are many long and repetitive instrumental parts through the album, and it is probably the repetition that strikes me as one of the more distinct features of The Singularity.

They can’t sell a playing time of over seventy minutes, about thirty minutes of the album is interesting and the rest is meh at best. When I listen and end up in another psychedelic and repetitive instrumental passage, I almost want to vomit all over the screen, but then I wouldn’t see what I was writing. Had I done that I might have illustrated the album with a long passage of nonsense that made no sense, perhaps two-three pages, if I did that it would have been the same to read this review as listening to this album. Some parts make sense while the rest is just empty words to fill out space.

So, eventually, after a very long time I find myself done with this album – it takes less time to research the band, write a review in two languages, quickly read through it, and make a layout for the hallowed website than to listen through the album. It takes forever to listen to this, and most of it is waste of time – it would be stupid to listen to it and therefore I will not recommend anyone to play it.