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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

W.O.F: w.t.f?

The other night my adopted nephew Max and I were sitting around, drinking bourbon and listening to the latest releases that Anne-Marie had sent down from Gonzo HQ. One of them was by an extraordinary band called W.O.F. According to Max (who is young and hip) it is experimental prog metal, but I am 52 and an old git, and I don't really understand these new-fangled categorisations. To these ears it didn't sound like anything I could give as a reference point. This has GOT to be a good thing.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a hastily cobbled together YouTube audio thiungumy will really make the point...

W.O.F is born out of the will to show a realistic vision of the severely suffering world. Being a rock group - at least in the wider sense of the term -W.O.F came into existence in 2011. Driving force was Olivier Guenat (multi-instrumentalist and songwriter) who took Steve Rumo (piano and keyboards and co-songwriter) and Frédéric Charmillot (drummer and arranger) on board. Two further professional musicians, namely Thierry Guillod (bass guitarist and arranger) and Dany Martin (guitarist and also arranger) followed swiftly thereafter. Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in the Studio 108, W.O.F has created a truly individual and discernible mix of various styles and influences such as classical music, English pop, French chansons and rock - just to name a few. The result is a subtle and at the same time thundering rock, melodic and then again robotic. The key track "search the truth" with its sinister but still hopeful text is witness of the deep desire for a radical change in the attitude and the way of thinking about the world - a world that is in the course of losing its last values...

Tracks: 1. Beginning of the end , 2. World of freedom , 3. I've woken up at last , 4. Nothingness , 5. Search the truth , 6. Just a dream , 7. Moment of doubt , 8. Like a shadow , 9. I shall never understand , 10. Aria , 11. Concerto pour hautbois (fa mineur).

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