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Originally released in 1990 and out-of-print
for almost two decades, the now legendary debut album from doom godfathers THE
OBSESSED will once again see the light of day in multiple deluxe formats. Now
completely remastered with previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the
highly sought-after Concrete Cancer demo, expanded artwork, never-before-seen
photos, and extended liner notes from frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich,
this is the definitive edition of THE OBSESSED's self-titled debut, a true
piece of doom history!
Weinrich comments: "This record defines
the passion, the pureness, and vibrancy of youth, and the fierce love, loyalty,
and dedication to this music. I am happy and proud it lives once again! Thanks
to all who believe, Wino."
Listen to the remastered version of "The
Way She Fly" now via YouTube at THIS LOCATION.
THE OBSESSED's self-titled reissue is due out
November 17th on 2xCD, LP, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.
Physical bundles and digital preorders are available via Relapse Records HERE
and streaming services 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. Additionally, the band will join Clutch
and Devin Townsend Project for a winter run of shows to close out the year. See
all confirmed dates below.
The Obsessed (Reissue) Track Listing:
1. Tombstone Highway
2. The Way She Fly
3. Forever Midnight
4. Ground Out
5. Fear Child
7. Red Disaster
8. Inner Turmoil
9. River of Soul
10. Concrete Cancer (1984 unreleased Concrete
Cancer demo cassette)
11. Feelingz (1984 unreleased Concrete Cancer
12. Mental Kingdom (1984 unreleased Concrete
Cancer demo cassette)
13. Hiding Masque (1984 unreleased Concrete
Cancer demo cassette)
14. Ground Out - Feelingz (live at The Bayou
15. Concrete Cancer (live at The Bayou
16. No Blame (live at The Bayou 4-15-1985)
17. Mental Kingdom (live at The Bayou
18. Tombstone Highway (live at The Bayou
19. Iron and Stone (live at The Bayou
20. Rivers of Soul (live at The Bayou
21. Sittin on a Grave (live at The Bayou
22. Freedom (live at The Bayou 4-15-1985)
23. Indestroy - Kill Ugly Naked (live at The
Concrete Cancer Demo Track Listing:
1. Concrete Cancer
3. Mental Kingdom
4. Hiding Masque
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 *
10/16/2017 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
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
w/ Clutch, Devin Townsend Project:
11/29/2017 Cone Denim Entertainment -
12/01/2017 House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
12/02/2017 Revolution - St. Petersburg, FL
12/03/2017 Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL
12/05/2017 Backyard Stage @ St. Augustine
Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL
12/06/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
12/08/2017 Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA
12/09/2017 The Aztec Theater - San Antonio, TX
12/10/2017 House Of Blues - Houston, TX
12/12/2017 Gillioz Theater - Springfield, MO
12/13/2017 Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
12/15/2017 Limelight Eventplex - Peoria, IL
12/16/2017 Marathon Music Works - Nashville,
12/27/2017 Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton
12/28/2017 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
12/29/2017 The National - Richmond, VA
12/30/2017 The International - Knoxville, TN
12/31/2017 Express Live - Columbus, OH
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 Brian Costantino (drums). On October 31st, 2016, Wino
announced another new lineup change for THE OBSESSED, including Bruce
Falkinburg (bass) and Seraphim (guitar), making that the first time the band
had been a four piece in over thirty-five years.
Earlier this year, THE OBSESSED unleashed
Sacred, the band's first studio album in over twenty years. 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 by Wino's lyrical honesty and
iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into
the annals of heavy metal history, well worth the two-plus decade wait. The
band will perform once again as three piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley and
Mavara is Iran's first and premier progressive rock band,
now based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
and the name Mavara translates to "beyond everything you think." The
band was formed in 2001 by composer/keyboardist Farhood Ghadiri and over the
years has had a fluid line-up of members, but currently Mavara is comprised of
Ghadiri along with Ashkan Hamedi (vocals and guitar), Sina Khodaiefer (bass),
Anis Oveisi (keyboards), and Jim Welch (drums).
Starting off with spoken word, “Invasion (636 Gregorian Calendar)” has an
11:39 running time that grabs you and gives you a look at how good they are at
playing, as well as where the album is heading. The album has a flurry of
dynamic vocals, shape-shifting rhythms, and technical guitar work and really
gives the listener a lot to ingest as a first track. “Love for Centuries”
begins with a haunting piano line, a great melody and just a great flow of
emotions followed by the emotive vocals of Ashkan Hamedi. “Living the Fast Life”
there are some truly soulful moments on this song, such as the fantastic guitar
playing accompanied by terrific drumming. “High on Power” is almost a
ballad and has a strong vocal performance that really stands out. “Consciousness”closes
out the album the piano playing really impressed me, the additional keyboards
and swirling guitar effects make this a monumental song.
With so much talent and the ability to grab your ears, this band really
takes you on a journey and makes you want to hear more from them. With three
other albums out there, this is proof that bands from countries you never think
about can rock your ass off.
I first took notice of Ripple Fest when I
became a new Ripple writer. You could certainly say I was stoked to hear about
Todd and his wife coming to Stockholmto
be a part of the first Swedish Ripple Music Fest.
Three high class bands were going to enter
the stage of Copperfields. King Nomad the occult rocking, warm-fuzzed band with
it’s70’s inspired Uncle Acid
remembering record ”Mapping The Inner Void” released this year. Craneium, the
best Finnish Stoner Rock band, probably one of the best Scandinavian also.
Lastbut not least, probably one of the
best bands in my opinion right now, Vokonis. The bands latest release ”The
Sunken Djinn” has bewitched me and will place at the top of my doom/sludge chart at the
end of the year.
The weatherof the evening was pretty bad but me and some friends were hanging at
another bar close to Copperfields. The rain was pouring outside the window
butI couldn’t care less. After all it
was the perfect doom-weather! The only thing missing was some thunder and
lightning, but that came later when the bands got onto the stage. More on that
As always it’s nice to hook up with some old
friends to talk about the good music. Some friends were at the Sisters Of Mercy
gigbefore they arrived at Copperfields. I had a
really nice chat with them. Thanks boys!
The event was about to start when we arrived soaking wet around 10
PM. One of the bandmembers of Craneium bid us
welcome. A nice gesture and it was only the beginning of a very good evening.
The whole event was like a homecoming party
for me and many well known faceslike
Magnus from Into The Void Podcast, all the bands playing, and the many people from
other bands also there. I took the opportunity to say hello to Todd but he
was a busy man the whole evening so I didn’t speak that much with him. Maybe
Some new people showedup andsaid hello and I enjoyed it a lot.
I missed a huge part of King Nomads
performance. The part I heard I thought was good but nothing exceptional. I
didn’t thinkthe heartbeat of the record,
which I think is awesome, came out the way I wanted it to be live. But hey, that's
only my humble opinion.Though I didn’t
like it as much as I could have I’m thinking of seeing them perform again.
Next up Craneium delivered a super-mega
wonderful set. Wow! This was fricking good. Well played songs with nice
song structures, filled with some nice grooves and a brilliant vocal-handling. In
my opinion a delightful musical meal and a band that shows the good taste of Ripple Music. The highlight of the concert was when Mother Kasabian's
vocalist got onto the stage to help perform Ceasing To Exist. This song could be the national stoner
rock anthem of the year. Absolutely wonderful!
When Vokonis entered the stage well past midnight I was both excited and nervous at the same time. Would the live
performance match the record? And what if it did not? All my worries were blown away
as the band started to play. This is how music is supposed to be. Amazing vocals,
excellent drumming and a fantastic bass player with an intensive way of playing
who I admire very much. The riffs are like a thunderous storm, sometimes hammering down your ear canal and sometimes whispering. I rode a wave of emotion throughout the performance. This was one of the epic moments people are going
to tell you about when Vokonis grows bigger. This band has the brightest future
ahead of them and it’s so well-deserved!
God damn, it
was 100 degrees last week and snow on the mountain tops this morning. Fall has
officially arrived. What’s this mean for Bandcamp Bonanza? I’ll tell you one
thing, it means you can be certain there will be more bad ass albums presented
as often as I keep my lazy ass copying and pasting the links. Listening is the
easy part. All you gotta do is push play. GO.
Neoga Blacksmith – Chronontonius
I remember I
first discovered these guys a couple years ago while I was on a business trip
in Seattle and being
completely blown away. To this day their last album is one of my most played
albums in my bandcamp collection.
stellar output of heavy eclectic blues rock hypnotizing us with a sly,
psychedelic twang, hair raising keys and mind numbing melodies. I would love
for all their records to be available on vinyl.
The Miracle Mongers – Dumb Monsters
popped up on the feed a week or so ago and I was hesitant at first due to the
band name being a little bit silly. Upon a full listen I was hooked and have
been playing this one almost every day lately. It grows on you. The musicality
is on point and with a little more exposure these guys have potential to be
great. I’d like to see what they can do on stage to be honest.
and doomy guitar tones spiked with proggy California feel-good groove. Favorite
Sanhedrin – A Funeral For the World
of the Year? For fans of everything heavy metal Sanhedrin will satisfy. The
riffs are huge and catchy at the same time. Their description on their page is
on point and I have been digging the shit out of this ever since it dropped.
For The World celebrates all things heavy metal with a scorching metallic fuzz
overlain by Maiden esque vocal chops and a groove factor off the charts. For
any fan of metal, stoner, doom, or hard rock. This will go down as one of the
strongest debut metal albums of 2017. Mark my words.
Widows and Crows – The Sins of Ravens EP
what a powerful display of heavy blues meets outlaw rock and roll. Definitely
got my radar on these guys. Think Shawn James meets The Devil and the Almighty
Taiga Woods – Taiga Woods
in full. Doomed & Stoned website and blog brought this to my attention the
week leading up to its full release. Billy Goat couldn’t say enough good things
with the full
on interview and breakdown of the album on the blog. I listened and I
couldn’t agree more. This album is on fire.
Woods drives the green with this impressive debut album complete with reverb
drenched fuzz, pop laced vocals, and hook laden chorus runs. The tumultuous
riffs are progressively catchy and its psychedelic flair remains bogey
free. Favorite track: Do What You Want.
Gin Lady – Electric Earth
I have been
a huge fan of this band for some years now and soon to be proud owner of the
latest album Electric Earth on vinyl. On first listen I was a bit taken aback
as I was sort of expecting something different. What I did not expect was how
much the album grows on you and reminds you of the softer side of the 70’s
classic rock sound. And look at that artwork!!!
Earth exposes Gin Lady's aged rock roots with a new, modern masterpiece. The
tuneful southern twang erodes the landscape with 'organ'ic melodies and
soothing classic rock riffs that pay homage to a musical era fermented by 50
years of sunshine and water. It's as if the Allmans and the Doobies found out
they were blood brothers separated at birth and made a record in celebration.
The days are
getting shorter and the air is crisping up as its approaching my favorite time
of year. As with every season, the music gives us comfort against the changing
temperature and waning sunshine. Until next time I’ll try and keep the bandcamp
Blues Funeral sure didn't
rest on their laurels after releasing their fantastic debut, 'The Search'
back in July 2016. Move forward one year and their sophomore album, 'Awakening'
has seen the light of day and I am thrilled beyond words because what they
created on the debut has been moved to a whole new level. Call it natural
progression, or whatever you want, Blues Funeral is one of those bands you need
in your life. Why? Well, read on and I’ll tell you.
Few bands can make a good
smooth transition between the debut and the follow-up. Most times either albums
aren’t bad but they are either too similar or too far apart. This is not a
problem whatsoever for these Texans. Not only have they stepped up from their
excellent debut, they have moved past it. None of the previous characteristics
are gone, on the contrary. Instead they are infused with more prowess and
fantastic compositional skills. Best of all though, the guys seem to have had a
blast creating ‘Awakening’, and that
alone is worth so much.
Going full tillt on
opener ‘Shadow Of The Snake’ it is
heavy on the Hammond.
Hints of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep with Yngwie appearing in the guitar solos.
Love it, wave riders! This bring back memories to the stuff I grew up on and
man, Blues Funeral crushes! Next up is the title track, ‘Awakening’ and it is big on riffs, harmonies and melody. The
twin-axe attack and solos are amazing where the fantastic rhythm section gives
those parts so much room to breathe, which in turn elevates it to grander
things. ‘ Illusions Of Reality’ is
probably my favourite song on ‘Awakening’
– which is a bold statement since all songs are outstanding. However, this one
brings in NWOBHM in the shape of Tygers Of PanTang with a touch of blues here
and there. Won’t get much better than that, you hear?!
On ‘Firedrake’ Blues Funeral walk down a different path. Doomy in the
vein of Candlemass meets Jex Thoth with Jon Lord or Ken Hensley on the Hammond. Kelly Cousins Adams provides the vocals and what can I say? Fantastic,
absolutely fantastic. ‘Casimir’ is
Yngwie racing with Al Di Meola on the Spanish
Highway with Messiah Marcolin singing. I’m blown
away, there’s no other way to put it! ‘The
Gathering Dust’ ends this amazing recording and continues the Candlemass
influences. The duels, harmonizing and solos between Jan and Maurice are so
refreshing and downright brilliant. As they take center-stage, Gabe and Cory
leads the song through all it’s emotions on bass guitar and drums respectively.
Bands, new and old alike,
take inspirations from this Texas
quartet. Why? Well, the way Blues Funeral has moved from album one to album
numero dos is how you do it. Blend your own ideas with the influences you have
and have fun doing it. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box because the end
result will amaze you. Blue Funeral has technical excellence in all departments
which they rightly use, however, they don’t over-do anything. Call it
brilliance within modesty…or whatever, what I mean is they never over-indulge
in anything. Dear waveriders, if you love heavy rock, metal et al Blues Funeral is for you and then
some. Doesn’t get much better than this, so get your hands on this one, as well
as their debut ‘The Search’.
"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." --
"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with
glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of
"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection...
faultless." -- Echoes & Dust
"Monolord's records have only gotten heavier, and now
the band has taken a turn for the catchy (yet still crushing)." -- Metal
Monolord share a new track from their highly anticipated third album
Rust today via Revolver Magazine. The track "Dear
Lucifer" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct link via YouTube and
The band previously released the title track, which also
features John Gamino (Mondo Drag) on keyboards and Trevor Church (Beastmaker)
playing a guitar solo at the end of the tune. Hear and share "Rust"
via YouTube. And, album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" dropped
last month HERE.
Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and
transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others.
Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short
order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly
exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.
Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state
of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and
rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together,
guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki
create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its
"We've always been inspired by great band musicians -
as opposed to technical solo peacocks," Willems says. "Because that
force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At
its best, it's just unstoppable." And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on
record and on stage. "A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill
and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in
song writing and arranging, in recording," Willems says.
Album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" perfectly
exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious
buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord
uses subtly to spur the song's skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger's
watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song's
insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an
early ZZ Top record played at half speed. "Dear Lucifer" squeals and
hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm
like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album's title track is
also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, "you
are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don't wait
until tomorrow/ There's only pain, hate, grief and sorrow." Suddenly, the
band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the
guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully
understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of "Wormland"
and apocalyptic album closer "At Niceae" simmers in a slow build of
rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.
Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut
Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The
second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering /
Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band's relentless touring
schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on
countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an
entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.
Rust will be available on LP, CD and download on September
29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasy and
We are proud to announce the signing of Australian hard
hitting rockers "The Ugly Kings" and will be releasing their first
full-length record early 2018.
The Ugly Kings are four powerhouse blues rockers drawing
influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background. They offer a
powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating
what can only be described as power blues. The catchy riffs and foot stomping
rhythm lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals.
Having 1 mini-album (Of Sins) under their belt already, they
are thrilled to sign with Kozmik Artifactz for the release of their debut full
length album in early 2018.The Ugly
Kings have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour
in January 2017 with great reviews. They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on
their first Australia
headline side-show in Melbourne
during the Black Sabbath 'The End' World Tour.
"Loud, heavy, slightly-sludgy classic rock meets blues
with a modern bend, played by a band that swaggered about the stage with a
distinct, but subtle, air of cool. By the end, Sydney was more than happy to
learn words on the fly and sing along when the front man held his mic over the
mosh. The Ugly Kings are well-versed in the art of restraint, they know when to
move and make the crowd get on their feet, and when to step back and let the music
do the talking." - Australian Guitar
"It’s not often you see a band have the crowd so
excited and receptive by the second song in the way The Ugly Kings do with such
an original sound. Only to be described as The Ugly Kings!" - Ryan O’Keefe
"Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own
thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and
then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power." - Joel O’Keefe
(Airbourne Frontman & Lead Guitarist)
"Thick, groove induced chords, deep baritone vocals and
a harden-the-fuck-up ethos" - Phantom's Way
"Promised Land, a four-minute beast that sounds like
the Rival Sons and the Graveltones going head-to-head with John Bonham and Jim
Morrison. With multiple riffs and deft twists and turns, it sounds
fantastic.." - SonicAbuse
"Promised Land ..bounces, pushes and crawls like a
wounded beast treading through a boneyard. Well, that is, right up till the
scream of rage as a flock of vulturish guitars is disturbed beyond all reason.
This is an interesting and clever composition." - Raw Ramp