The Obsessed
Sacred


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (271 Reviews)
April 7th, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The production may have more bottom end than Lunar Womb or The Church Within but there’s no denying that the songs are cut from the same cloth.

The release of The Obsessed’s fourth full-length album is rather odd when placed in the overall context of Wino’s long running career. It is the first record under that banner since 1994’s The Church Within, and while the legendary six-stringer has still put out acoustic material under his own name, this is the first heavy rock album he’s been involved with since Saint Vitus’s Lillie: F-65 in 2012. This is further complicated by this particular revival originally having been conceived as a Spirit Caravan reformation and the lineup changes that happened immediately after this recording was finished. Fortunately, Sacred is a lot easier to get into and much less confusing than the details surrounding it.

Wino’s many bands have their own unique flourishes, but they tend to abide by a particular biker doom template. The rhythms are downright danceable by doom standards, the tone is laid back but not too soft, the pacing occasionally goes into punk territory without being too abrasive, the riffs and guitar leads are as expressive as the vocals, and a bright desert tone serves as the grand unifier. The production may have more bottom end than Lunar Womb or The Church Within but there’s no denying that the songs are cut from the same cloth.

And with the songwriting on Sacred showing off Wino’s usual flowing jams, the results have a lot of variety. It’s tricky to tell what types of songs are the guitarist’s strongest suit given his jack of all trades nature, but they’re all enjoyable and cater to most tastes. The shorter bursts of energy like “Razor Wire” and “It’s Only Money,” the latter of which features bassist/vocalist Dave Sherman’s most prominent spot, weren’t unwise single choices but the album shines the most on its more drawn out tracks.

Longtime Obsessed fans are sure to appreciate the mid-tempo “Sodden Jackal” included as an opener and I’m a sucker for the title track’s subtle Shrinebuilder-esque guitar effects. “Stranger Things” is the most significant song thanks to its bookending acoustic work, memorable refrain, and almost tribal aesthetic. And while I’m normally not one to talk about bonus tracks, I have to ask why “Crossroader Blues” isn’t included as analbum track; that main riff is one of the grooviest things Wino has ever come up with!

Whether Sacred should’ve been released as The Obsessed or a Spirit Caravan album, there’s no denying that it’s as fun and energetic as you’d expect from one of the leading fixtures of downer rock. Wino fans will know what to expect as the stoner jams, punk trips, and all the riffs in between fit right into his unshakeable legacy. It’s tricky to speculate where he’ll go from here but he’ll stay as prolific and welcome as ever.

Highlights:
“Sodden Jackal”
“Sacred”
“Haywire”
“Stranger Things”
“My Daughter My Sons”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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masterofreality
April 7th 2017


84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I'm just waiting for my copy in the mail and will rate it later.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Really interested in checking this one. The tracks I've heard where pretty good.

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Maco097
April 7th 2017


2985 Comments


Gonna listen to this now.

ChaoticVortex
April 7th 2017


735 Comments


Sounds great, will check it out.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Yeah this is great. I get some serious modern Pentagram vibes.

necropig
April 9th 2017


5101 Comments


Nice, only checked spirit caravan and the hidden hand so far. Working my way through Winos' stuff.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Jug Fulla Sun is easily one of my favorite Wino albums. Haven't checked The Hidden Hand though yet. Any good?

necropig
April 9th 2017


5101 Comments


Mother teacher destroyer has been good from what I've listened to

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Nice, gonna give it a spin. Ever checked Pentagram, necro?

necropig
April 9th 2017


5101 Comments


Nope, know them by name only.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

If you're ever in a proto metal mood, check First Daze Here man. You will not be disappointed.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7JTD_73kpI

necropig
April 9th 2017


5101 Comments


Will do dude m/

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2017


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

m/

PsychicChris
April 11th 2017


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually did a discography review for Pentagram a couple years back. They really can't do much wrong in my eyes.

MoosechriS
April 12th 2017


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The is so fuckin good

Maco097
April 16th 2017


2985 Comments


The bonus track is the highlight, weird.

sonictheplumber
May 5th 2017


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

killer

sonictheplumber
May 13th 2017


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Caught the Atlanta show, lots of fun

JUGGRNAUT
October 22nd 2017


3 Comments


Lol @ analbum

InbredJed
November 24th 2017


6574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming this hard



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