THE OBSESSED Announces U.S. Headlining Tour

THE OBSESSED Announces U.S. Headlining Tour

Maryland doom legends THE OBSESSED have announced a full U.S. headlining tour in support of their forthcoming "Sacred" album. The tour is slated to commence on April 12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will run through May 20 in Baltimore, Maryland. KARMA TO BURN will provide direct support throughout the trek while FATSO JETSON and LO-PAN will provide additional support on select dates. THE OBSESSED will also join WEEDEATER and labelmates PRIMITIVE MAN on five West Coast shows during the run from April 27 through May 1. The tour comes in advance of the band's record release show on April 8 at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

THE OBSESSED tour dates:

Apr. 08 - King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA * (record-release show)

With KARMA TO BURN:

Apr. 12 - Cattive - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 14 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 15 - Berserker IV (The Crofoot) - Pontiac, MI (no KARMA TO BURN)
Apr. 17 - 5th Quarter - Indianapolis, IN +
Apr. 18 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO +
Apr. 19 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL +
Apr. 20 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO +
Apr. 21 - Rock Island Brewing Co. - Rock Island, IL +
Apr. 23 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO +
Apr. 24 - Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT +
Apr. 25 - Neurolux - Boise, ID +
Apr. 26 - Shakedown - Bellingham, WA +
Apr. 27 - Highline - Seattle, WA ** +
Apr. 28 - Star Theater - Portland, OR ** +
Apr. 29 - Starlite - Sacramento, CA ** +
Apr. 30 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA ** +
May 01 - Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA ** +
May 02 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ
May 03 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
May 04 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
May 05 - Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
May 07 - Korova - San Antonio, TX
May 08 - Siberia - New Orleans, LA
May 09 - The Jinx - Savannah, GA
May 10 - Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
May 11 - EARL - Atlanta, GA
May 12 - Gramps - Miami, FL
May 13 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
May 14 - Pour House - Raleigh, NC
May 16 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
May 17 - ONCE Ballroom - Boston, MA
May 18 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
May 19 - The Ballroom at Outer Space - New Hanover, CT
May 20 - Otto Bar - Baltimore, MD

# w/ LO-PAN
& No KARMA TO BURN
** w/ WEEDEATER, PRIMITIVE MAN
+ w/ FATSO JETSON

"Sacred" will be made available on CD, LP, deluxe double LP, and digital formats. Physical preorders and bundles are available via Relapse.com here and digital downloads can be preordered by Bandcamp at this location. The deluxe 2xLP bundle includes an enamel logo pin, signed art print, and two bonus tracks.

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. Led guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich'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-decade-plus wait.

"Sacred" track listing:

01. Sodden Jackal
02. Punk Crusher
03. Sacred
04. Haywire
05. Perseverance Of Futility
06. It's Only Money
07. Cold Blood
08. Stranger Things
09. Razor Wire
10. My Daughter My Son
11. Be The Night
12. Interlude
13. On So Long (bonus)
14. Crossroader Blues (bonus)

Weinrich, who has also played with SAINT VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE HIDDEN HAND and SHRINEBUILDER, is joined in THE OBSESSED's current touring lineup by Reid Raley on bass, and Brian Constantino on drums.

Weinrich announced THE OBSESSED's return in March 2016 on social media, explaining in a statement: "All over the world I've listened to friends tell me, 'We want you to bring back THE OBSESSED,' so I have decided to resurrect THE OBSESSED." He added that he was "waiting for the right combination of ability, attitude and personality to accomplish this goal."

Forged in 1976 in Maryland, THE OBSESSED weathered various lineup shifts and an on-again-off-again status over the course of a winding, forty-year history. The band released three now-legendary full-lengths — 1990's "The Obsessed", 1991's "Lunar Womb" and 1994's "The Church Within" — as well as a gaggle of seven-inch singles and compilation appearances.

"The Church Within" was Wino's most critically hailed album. Despite being co-released by Hellhound Records and the major label Columbia Records, the music-buying masses were not ready to embrace doom in 1994 and instead fixated on buying records by rehashed pop-punk bands. Several factors led to "The Church Within" becoming THE OBSESSED's last full-length album. Despite not becoming a top-seller, the album remains hugely influential.

Photo by Susie Costantino

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