The Obsessed – Lunar Womb

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For 15 years, The Obsessed’s 1991 LP Lunar Womb was spoken about in hushed and reverent tones, significantly in stoner rock circles. That’s how lengthy it took for the band’s second album to obtain its first North American launch in a lovingly assembled reissue/remaster from MeteorCity and 20 Buck Spin. Perhaps you’d heard components of it on a cassette dub. However extra seemingly, you happy your self with the Obsessed’s extra extensively out there 1994 album The Church Inside, that includes a barely rejiggered model of the band, or any of this lineup’s run of great follow-on tasks, together with Kyuss (bassist/vocalist Scott Reeder), Goatsnake (drummer Greg Rogers), and Spirit Caravan and the Hidden Hand (guitarist/vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich). Lunar Womb was for the true initiates.

The model of the Obsessed that birthed Lunar Womb achieved a powerful following in Germany, although. The band’s label, Hellhound (which Wino had already labored with on the Saint Vitus LP V), had a genius formulation for breaking American artists within the European market: Reduce airfare prices by scheduling longer excursions, then ship the bands straight to the studio after a couple of weeks of battle-testing the fabric on the street. By the point the trio made it to Berlin in April 1991 to document Lunar Womb, they have been extraordinarily well-rehearsed, and labored effectively sufficient to permit a bit of time for quirky in-studio creations just like the title monitor and the album’s instrumental nearer “Embryo.”

With the Gilded Sorrow, the Obsessed have now launched 5 full-lengths with 5 very totally different lineups, to not point out the shifts that came about earlier than Lunar Womb or the reshuffling that occurred following the band’s full-time return in 2016. That’s form of the way it goes with all Wino tasks, which resemble volcanos: violent and short-lived explosions, with molten lava seeping by means of the floor and creating new kinds, finally leaving the bottom very fertile for regrowth and renewal. So, from that standpoint, Lunar Womb definitely marked a radical departure from the tone of the fabric on The Obsessed, and, in flip, supplied a teaser of the additional dimensions that will be explored on The Church Inside.

However Lunar Womb stays the quintessential album from the Obsessed, partially as a result of distinctive circumstances of its creation. Though Wino has develop into synonymous with the Maryland doom scene, Lunar Womb was completely gestated through the a lot shorter window when he was residing in Los Angeles. And as a result of considerably rushed nature of assembling the band, the door was left extensive open for Scott Reeder to contribute a number of songs from his earlier act Throughout the River. So, this model of the Obsessed featured two veteran songwriters who have been each comfy in studio settings, plus a drummer who was malleable and extremely intuitive. Apparent excessive factors are the intro and super-catchy refrain of “Again to Zero,” plus Wino’s beautiful, career-defining guitar solo on the finish of “Infinite Circles,” however Lunar Womb is a “biker doom” basic from end-to-end.

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