Doom rock icons THE OBSESSED will return to North American stages this February as part of Corrosion Of Conformity's A Quest To Believe; A Call To The Void 2019 Tour. Presented by Revolver, the trek begins January 19th. THE OBSESSED will join the tour February 16th in Boston, Massachusetts and rumble stages through the final show on February 27th in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional support will be provided by Crowbar and Mothership.
Comments founding guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich,"We are excited to announce the upcoming dates with our friends in Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, and Mothership. This is a stunning hard rock lineup and is guaranteed to be a lot of fun! We will see everybody out there!" See all confirmed dates below.
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.
In the spring of 2017, 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 performs once again as three-piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley and Brian Costantino.
"Scott 'Wino' Weinrich bringing THE OBSESSED back is assurance that what was sparked inside of him with another in-and-out round with Saint Vitus was no fluke.... This doom troubadour is made of iron and stone, and there's no quit inside of him." - Blabbermouth
"...the definitive take on an album that clearly laid a lot of the ground work for the current doom and stoner rock bands." - Hellbound
"...some of the greatest doom songs ever recorded have come from Wino, and this album more specifically. The album has stood the test of time, and the re-issue was overdue and needed for the new generation of doom metal fans waiting for it." - My Global Mind
"THE OBSESSED will forever remain exalted because of their self-titled LP, a rare lightning rod of an album that helped straighten out doom when it needed it most." - Dead Rhetoric