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The Obsessed
The Obsessed
An original pressing of The Obsessed.
Studio album by The Obsessed
Released 1990
Recorded 1985 at Ambient Studios, College Park & Vielklang Studios in Beltsville, Maryland & Berlin, Germany
Genre Doom Metal, Hard Rock
Length 32:37
Producer Ray Tilkens, Wino
The Obsessed chronology
Sodden Jackal
(1983)
The Obsessed
(1990)
Lunar Womb
(1991)

The Obsessed is the eponymous debut album by the Maryland doom metal band of the same name. Originally recorded in 1985 the album would be initially released in 1990 via Hellhound Records and later in 2000 via Tolotta Records. Besides the Sodden Jackal EP this album is one of only a handful of official releases to feature the original era of The Obsessed.

BackgroundEdit

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The Obsessed - 1990 - The Obsessed s t FULL

All of the songs recorded for this album were in 1985 though largely different from the album recorded and intended for a release on Metal Blade Records that never surfaced. Wino took the best of these recordings in 1989 and had them mixed in Berlin. From there German doom metal label Hellhound Records opted to release it on CD and vinyl but on one suggestion that Wino would reform the band. Wino agreed and departed from Saint Vitus, re-forming his old band with the newfound rhythm section of Scott Reeder and Greg Rogers.

In 2000 Tolotta Records reissued the album with a re-mastered sound and ten bonus tracks stemming from a full live performance at Glenmont Rec. Center in Wheaton, Maryland on 28 February 1984. Both versions are out-of-print.

In 2016 the original CD was reissued via Hankenstein Records and Wino has alluded to a possible reissue of the album on Relapse with unreleased demos and live recordings. On 19 September 2017 it was confirmed that The Obsessed would be fully remastered and reissued via Relapse with unreleased photos and liner notes. Along with the album, a second disc featuring the band's 1985 promo demo (Which is also released as a separate LP and a live performance from 15 April 1985 at The Bayou in DC. The reissue will be released on 17 November 2017.

TracklistEdit

The ObsessedEdit

All songs arranged by The Obsessed. All songs written by Wino except 7 by Wino & Laue.

  • 1. Tombstone Highway (3:29)
  • 2. The Way She Fly (2:22)
  • 3. Forever Midnight (4:59)
  • 4. Ground Out (3:17)
  • 5. Fear Child (1:53)
  • 6. Freedom (5:58)
  • 7. Red Disaster (3:52)
  • 8. Inner Turmoil (2:21)
  • 9. River of Soul (4:26)

Tolotta Records EditionEdit

Tracks 10 - 19 included as bonus tracks on this edition.

  • 10. No Message (1:03)
  • 11. Neatz Brigade (4:54)
  • 12. Concrete Cancer (3:13)
  • 13. Mental Kingdom (2:49)
  • 14. Feelingz (2:26)
  • 15. A World Apart (1:45)
  • 16. Freedomm (5:04)
  • 17. Blind Lightning (3:45)
  • 18. Indestroy (1:47)
  • 19. Kill Ugly Naked (2:07)

Relapse Records EditionEdit

The Relapse Records edition, along with a full re-master, features the following bonus tracks spanning a second disc.

  • 1. Concrete Cancer (3:02)
  • 2. Feelingz (2:11)
  • 3. Mental Kingdom (2:50)
  • 4. Hiding Masque (3:31)
  • 5. Ground Out - Feelingz (Live) (5:07)
  • 6. Concrete Cancer (Live) (3:10)
  • 7. No Blame (Live) (2:43)
  • 8. Mental Kingdom (Live) (2:59)
  • 9. Tombstone Highway (Live) (3:13)
  • 10. Iron and Stone (Live) (3:27)
  • 11. River of Soul (Live) (3:58)
  • 12. Sittin on a Grave - I Dont' Care (Live) (4:47)
  • 13. Freedom (Live) (5:52)
  • 14. Indestroy - Kill Ugly Naked (Live) (3:29)

PersonnelEdit

  • Wino - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Artwork
  • Mark Laue - Bass, Artwork
  • Ed Gulli - Drums
  • Ray Tilkens - Engineer (Ambient Studios)
  • Mathias Schneeberger - Engineer (Vielklang Studios)
  • Stephan Gross - Engineer (Vielklang Studios)
  • Valerie - Photography
  • Liz Bullock - Photography, Artwork
  • Yvonne Gibson - Photography, Artwork

LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit


V·T·E The Obsessed
Current Members Scott WeinrichReid RaleyBrian Constantino
Past Members Johnny Reese • Norman Lawson • Mark LaueDave FloodVance BockisEd GulliGreg RogersScott ReederGuy PinhasDave Sherman • Sara Seraphim • Bruce Falkinburg
Studio Albums The ObsessedLunar WombThe Church WithinSacred
Extended Plays Sodden Jackal
Compilation Albums Incarnate
Live Albums Live at the Melkweg November 28th 1992Live Music Hall Köln December 29th 1992Live at the Wax Museum
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. Spirit CaravanShrinebuilderThe Hidden HandKyussPremonition 13GoatsnakeAcid KingBedemonPentagramUnorthodoxEarthrideThe Obsessed (Unreleased Album)

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