Doom rock legends THE OBSESSED have shared an acoustic performance of "On So Long" recorded live at the Gibson Guitar Recording Studio in New York City. The song is a bonus track off the band's recently-issued Sacred full-length album.
Watch the full performance now via Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.
THE OBSESSED will embark upon a US fall headlining tour beginning September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and ending October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available below.
Sacred is out now on Relapse Records on CD, LP, deluxe 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical orders and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full.
9/27/2017 Mothlight - Asheville, NC
9/28/2017 Clermont Lounge - Atlanta, GA
9/29/2017 Whitewater - Little Rock, AR
9/30/2017 Fubar - St. Louis, MO ^
10/01/2017 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN ^
10/02/2017 Lost Well - Austin, TX ^
10/03/2017 Lolas - Ft. Worth, TX ^
10/05/2017 Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV
10/07/2017 Cal Jam - San Bernardino, CA
10/08/2017 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA *
10/09/2017 Old Nicks - Eugene, OR *
10/10/2017 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/12/2017 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA *
10/13/2017 The Pin - Spokane, WA *
10/17/2017 Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI *
10/18/2017 Barauerhaus - Lombard, IL *
10/19/2017 Woodward Theater - Cincinnati, OH *
10/20/2017 Trixies - Louisville, KY *
10/21/2017 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA *
10/24/2017 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY *
10/25/2017 The Cafe at Parlor - Newport, RI *
10/26/2017 Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA *
10/27/2017 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD *
^ w/ Iron Tongue
* w/ Cobalt
THE OBSESSED was formed in the late 1970s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan). The band spawned in the realm of musicians/artists such as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, The Dictators, and The Stooges. The earliest lineup consisted of Wino, bassist Mark Laue, guitarist John Reese, and drummer Dave Flood. In 1983, Wino took over vocal duties and the band became a three-piece to record the Sodden Jackal EP.
The band broke up in the late '80s after Wino moved to California to join Saint Vitus. At that time, a German label, Hellhound Records, and the booking agency that had signed Saint Vitus, released The Obsessed, originally recorded in 1985, prompting Wino to reform THE OBSESSED. After multiple lineup changes, the band signed to Columbia Records in 1994 to release their third and final album, The Church Within. Despite highly acclaimed reviews, THE OBSESSED would breakup following the release, seeing Wino forming Spirit Caravan (then Shine) and other projects.
In September 2011, THE OBSESSED returned to the stage at Roadburn Festival with The Church Within's legendary lineup (featuring Wino, Greg Rogers, and Guy Pinhas). The band played a few more reunion shows over the next couple years at Hellfest Open Air 2012 and Maryland Deathfest XI in May 2013 with bassist Reid Raley.
Wino announced the full-time return of THE OBSESSED in March 2016 and the band's official signing to Relapse Records to record the follow up to The Church Within. The new lineup originally consisted of Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and Wino's longtime friend and former road crew member. drummer Brian Costantino. On October 31st, 2016, Wino announced the lineup for THE OBSESSED, included bassist Bruce Falkinburg and guitarist Seraphim, making that the first time the band had been a four piece in over thirty-five years. Now in 2017, THE OBSESSED unleashes Sacred, the band's first studio album in over two decades.
With renewed energy and purpose, THE OBSESSED sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before. On Sacred, the band doubles down on enormous, heaving riffs and pummeling low-end across twelve tracks of eternal doom. Rounded out Weinrich's lyrical honesty and iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into the annals of heavy metal history, and well-worth the two-plus decade wait. The band will perform once again as a three-piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley, and Brian Costantino.
"Sacred delivers the band's trademark bouncy punk-meets-doom vibe, complete with bluesy solos, thundering drums, and band leader Scott 'Wino' Weinrich's drawling voice..." - Noisey
"Sacred is a twelve-track slayer in all categories; it's thrown together like some sad man's journey through a psychedelic, down-tuned wonderland. All of the requisites of classic Sabbath inspired jams are here, and there's certainly a lot of fresh energy provided through the newly restructured band..." - New Noise
"The best comeback of the year..." - The Sludgelord
"... a definitive statement from doom metal's most dedicated practitioner." - Team Rock
"...a worthy comeback for a band who with true cult status even when the term has overused. A great return, and one of Wino's best performances in years." - Ghost Cult
"... the energy felt on this record is incredibly dynamic and very true... a triumphant return." - Metal Observer
"Wino is a national treasure and as authentic as a musician can be. In a time without Lemmy's bigger than life personality, Wino's underground earnestness is all the more precious and Sacred does right by the legacy of THE OBSESSED." - Angry Metal Guy