Doom rock legends THE OBSESSED have shared the bonus track "Mental Kingdom" off their soon-to-be-reissued, self-titled full-length album. "Mental Kingdom" was originally recorded in 1984 for the highly-sought after Concrete Cancer demo.
Issues guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich, "'Mental Kingdom' is a reflection on my core philosophy which is to make every and all attempts to reject control, by slanted media, man-made religious denominations, and calculated deception of the layman by government secrets and puppets. Follow your heart and open your eyes. It's all square in our faces but ultimately the force we need lies inside each of us."
Originally released in 1990 and out-of-print for almost two decades, the now legendary debut album from THE OBSESSED comes completely remastered with previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the aforementioned unreleased, four-track 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.
The deluxe 2xCD version of the record includes a bonus disc containing the Concrete Cancer demo as well as a full live set from 1985 in Washington, D.C.. The Concrete Cancer demo will also be available separately as a limited-edition LP.
THE OBSESSED is currently in the midst of their fall headlining which kicked off on September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and will conclude on October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 w/ Cobalt [remaining dates]:
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/ Clutch, Devin Townsend Project:
11/29/2017 Cone Denim Entertainment - Greensboro, NC
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
12/27/2017 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
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.
Early 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 Brian Costantino.