Earlier in 2017, The Obsessed released that incredible new full-length album through Relapse Records, called Sacred, after a long hiatus of well over 20 years (and every last cut was on point, btw). Now, they’re closing the year out with a fucking stellar reissue of their eponymous debut album. Relapse really came through, giving it top-shelf treatment with all of the extras you’d look for in a 2xCD/2xLP definitive edition package.
This version plays with 23 tracks altogether; nine original, four demo, ten live. The first nine originals are remastered but otherwise left alone, so that heavy first impression as a massive earthmover is still effective. “Concrete Cancer,” “Feelingz,” “Mental Kingdom,” and “Hiding Masque”—all taken from the band’s highly sought after Concrete Cancer demo—alone are worth the purchase and subsequent spins. They actually give the comprehensive collection of work a different, sturdier presence. The last ten songs comprise a full set performed at the legendary Washington DC venue The Bayou on April 15th, 1985. From start to finish, both the audio and the band’s performance is on the money. By the way, the Concrete Cancer demo recordings are available on limited vinyl format.
This reissue played like a welcome reminder. It struck me like it had the first time I heard it years ago. Honestly, it kinda hit in the same way Sacred had earlier in the year. It’s always a good thing to hear, a great iconic band preserve their musical integrity, retaining its fundamental values and intensity. The two albums feel like they were cut from the same cloth, really. It’s common to see The Obsessed referred to as an American doom metal band but there’s always been more than that going on inside of their tunes. Wino’s got an uncanny ability to take elements from styles like the blues, southern rock, bare-bones rock & roll, punk, etc., and bend them to his will for purposes of creating music that’s alive and perfectly capable of surviving time and change. As far as The Obsessed goes, their legacy is bookended by their best offerings. Luckily, this happens to be a time when you can easily trap both releases.
Physical copies of the reissue get a load of expanded artwork and obscure and exclusive photos that’re tied together by the extended liner notes from Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich. So both original and new fans are gonna benefit from picking the release up. The music should be the primary incentive to grab a copy, but the extras will seal the deal. Obviously, there’s a super convenient digital version available, but those physicals sure are fucking cool.
Pick it all up here.
If for some reason you missed Sacred, you should check it out just below. Also, find the updated list of tour dates for a stop near you.
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, TN
12/21/2017 Geno’s – Portland, ME *
12/22/2017 Photo City Improv – Rochester, NY *
12/23/2017 Black Cat – Washington, DC *
12/27/2017 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
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