Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich’s original doom incarnation comes around for a third attempt at drilling into your ears, playing an interesting mix of stoner/doom metal with some punk flair thrown in for good measure here and there.
Getting straight to the point, the album opens with ‘Sodden Jackal’ and burns straight into second track ‘Punk Crusher’ where the band take on a more NWOBHM approach mixed with their typical doom sound. It pops up a few times on the album, but is at its best here.
It has to be said early on that if you have ever been a fan of anything Wino has done, be it St. Vitus, Spirit Caravan or any of his other myriad of recorded output, you will be a fan of this. The album benefits greatly from modern technology, with the guitar and vocals being pushed up in the mix, meaning while it holds that traditional Sabbathian crunch in the guitars, you can also clearly hear Wino and the weight of the drums.
‘Perseverance’ is a doom stand out on the album, making the speakers rumble with a 70s guitar fuzz that fans of bands like Pentagram would be happy to hear. This is followed up by an interesting cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Its Only Money’.
There are more highlights than low on this album, with only a couple of songs that feel a little off: the title track early on and the plodding ‘My Daughter My Son’ that might be more of a grower.
This isn’t just an album for fans of The Obsessed/Wino. This is aimed at new ears as well as fans by a guy that has been at the forefront of the American doom scene since the early 80s and while he has released lazy albums towards the end of his tenure with St. Vitus, it feels like he has taken 30+ years of recording and playing live and put all of that knowledge into this album. In interviews Wino has stated that he intends on keeping The Obsessed as his only going concern and this can only be a good thing for a man known for his restless movement through musical projects. This is a good starting point to a storied musical career, yet I would also recommend going back through The Obsessed catalogue if this catches your attention. There is some buried gold in there.
1. Sodden Jackal
2. Punk Crusher
6. It’s Only Money
7. Cold Blood
8. Stranger Things
9. Razor Wire
10. My Daughter My Son
11. Be The Night