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!
pon leaving Saint Vitus — whose unabashed worship of Black Sabbath helped lay the groundwork for the sludge, stoner, and doom metal mini-movements of the ’90s — vocalist/guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich re-formed THE OBSESSED, a band he’d founded in Washington, D.C., in the early ’80s prior to joining Saint Vitus. Initially including a rhythm section of bassist Mark Laue and drummer Ed Gulli, THE OBSESSED had recorded a live EP back in 1984, but didn’t make their full-length debut until 1990’s THE OBSESSED, recorded for the small Hellhound label. Personnel shifts ensued (Melvins drummer Dale Crover passed through the ranks at one time or another): bassist Scott Reeder and drummer Greg Rogers joined for the 1991 follow-up Lunar Womb. Reeder subsequently left the band to join Kyuss, and was replaced by Guy Pinhas, just as THE OBSESSED was landing a major-label deal with Columbia. Although many described it as the group’s most focused album, 1994’s The Church Within also proved to be their last. Following the breakup, Pinhas and Rogers formed Goatsnake, while Weinrich started up a new outfit first called Shine, then quickly renamed Spirit Caravan. In 1999, Southern issued a collection of outtakes and rarities titled Incarnate, and the following year repackaged THE OBSESSED together with the original lineup’s 1984 EP. (AllMusic)
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