“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
Today marks the official release of Sacred, the long-anticipated full-length from doom rock legendsTHE OBSESSED. In celebration of its release, today Noisey is streaming the record in full alongside an official premiere of the band’s new video for the record’s title track.
“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,” issues the esteemed publication, further hailing an album that, “crackles and sparks, sizzling with a life-in-the-fast lane attitude and atmosphere.”
Check out the album and trippy new video RIGHT HERE.
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. The deluxe 2xLP bundle includes an enamel logo pin, signed art print, and two bonus tracks.
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 guitarist/vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich’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 a three-piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley, and Brian Costantino.
THE OBSESSED will kick off a US headlining tour in support of Sacred next week. The month-long-plus tour will commence on April 12th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and run through May 20th in Baltimore, Maryland. Karma To Burn will provide direct support throughout the tour while Fatso Jetson and Lo-Pan will provide additional support on select dates. THE OBSESSED will also join Weedeater and labelmates Primitive Man on five West Coast shows during the run from April 27th through May 1st. The journey comes in advance of the band’s record release show on April 8th at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All confirmed tour dates below.
4/08/2017 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA [info] * Record Release Show w/ Karma To Burn:
4/12/2017 Cattive – Pittsburgh, PA
4/14/2017 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
4/15/2017 Berserker IV (The Crofoot) – Pontiac, MI &
4/17/2017 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN +
4/18/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO +
4/19/2017 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL +
4/20/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO +
4/21/2017 Rock Island Brewing Co. – Rock Island, IL +
4/23/2017 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO +
4/24/2017 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT +
4/25/2017 Neurolux – Boise, ID +
4/26/2017 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA +
4/27/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA ** +
4/28/2017 Star Theater – Portland, OR ** +
4/29/2017 Starlite – Sacramento, CA ** +
4/30/2017 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA ** +
5/01/2017 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA ** +
5/02/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
5/03/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM #
5/04/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX #
5/05/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX #
5/07/2017 Korova – San Antonio, TX #
5/08/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA #
5/09/2017 The Jinx – Savannah, GA #
5/10/2017 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN #
5/11/2017 EARL – Atlanta, GA #
5/12/2017 Gramps – Miami, FL #
5/13/2017 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC #
5/14/2017 Pour House – Raleigh, NC #
5/16/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA #
5/17/2017 ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA #
5/18/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY #
5/19/2017 The Ballroom at Outer Space – New Hanover, CT #
5/20/2017 Otto Bar – Baltimore, MD #
# w/ Lo-Pan
& No Karma To Burn
** w/ Weedeater + Primitive Man
+ w/ Fatso Jetson
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.
“… Sacred will rank among the top albums of 2017.” — The Obelisk
“… a definitive statement from doom metal’s most dedicated practitioner.” — Team Rock
“… 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