Tonight was a power trio of power trios, all with two-worded names. Leading up to their appearances at the steadily growing Maryland Doom Fest, Texan stoner metallers Wo Fat and The Well took a pit stop at Philadelphia’s eclectic dive bar, The Ku Fung Necktie. Supported by new local group Lord Crow, I was excited for sure.
Local freshman band Lord Crow started the show, who just released their debut EP, Gods Among Men. I didn’t know what to expect with them, but the three-piece was pretty damn good actually. Kind of in that same fast-paced gravelly-voiced stoner vein as High on Fire. They commanded the stage easily enough, I’m sure they’ll start to amass a flock of fans (get it?).
Ever since I saw The Well open for Mondo Drag last year, I’ve been a fan. Both of their albums are all killer, no filler. They mix the psychedelic and the doom and gloom perfectly. The energy this power trio gives is awe-inspiring. I can’t help but love their trippy songwriting, bluesy riffs, and hazy harmonies. In terms of their set, “Trespass” was my favorite of theirs, with a bouncy as hell guitar and impeccable groove. “Mortal Bones” and “Black Eyed Gods” were also highlights, showing off how catchy stoner metal can be. They finished with “Act II,” one of their earlier songs, and it has some mean riffs for sure. The Well is definitely one of the strongest doom metal bands in the game. Can’t wait to see them again.
Wo Fat from Dallas, TX closed the show. They have that fuzzy, Kyuss/Fu Manchu-type of stoner rock. One of the problems with their set was no fault of their own. There was little variety in the sound of the line-up at this night’s show. This redundancy put the headliner at a disadvantage, even if they were the oldest and most popular band. It just sounded a bit too “been there, done that” for me, especially not being too familiar with Wo Fat. But they still kicked ass of course. You can tell these guys have been doing it for a while and have it down to a science.