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The Obsessed : Lunar Womb

Serious music fanatics know that such things as hair length and clothes are largely illusory indicators of whether a band rawks or not. Of course, this lesson has to be taught over and over again as each crop of rockers comes up. Back in the Washington D.C. metro of the 80s and early 90s, rock factionalism was alive and well. Henry Rollins may have died for punk's sins on the West Coast by growing his hair out to show punks what surfacey dipshits they were, but apparently this was lost on the Maryland area punks of the day. Stoner/doom community members will not be surprised to learn that it was doom legend Wino who brought the local factions together. With the help of endorsements from the likes of Fugazi's Ian McKaye, Wino effortlessly tore down artificial social barriers with The Obsessed's brand of heavy-as-hell, 'Sabbath-inspired doom. Then, as now, everyone could agree on Wino.

The history of Wino's work is an important chapter of the real history of rock. This history will never be available on TV or radio, in fact, these mediums have proven themselves the enemy of real music and should be disregarded as useful information sources. Instead, dedicated music lovers must rely on the internet, the recordings themselves, and the work of the rare journalists who haven't treated the music as a bully pulpit for their poor musical taste or political and sociological views.

Listeners outside Europe will rejoice to know that MeteorCity, after much delay, has stepped up to release The Obsessed's 'Lunar Womb' for the first time in North America. It's perhaps the rarest and most sought-after album in Wino's discography, and previously available only on the sainted (and long-defunct) Hellhound label. It's been re-mastered and now includes plenty of groovy photos, many from Wino's archives. And while we're at it, let's not forget that 'Lunar...' represents a significant chapter in the work of future Kyuss and Unida bassist Scott Reeder, not to mention Goatsnake drum pounder Greg Rogers. That's all the convincing you should need.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Brother Blue Steel
2. Bardo
3. Hiding Mask
4. Spew
5. Kachina
6. Jaded
7. Back to Zero
8. No Blame
9. No Mas
10. Endless Circles
11. Lunar Womb
12. Embryo

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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