What can you write about the forefather of all things metal and doom that is Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich that hasn’t been written before? I would also hazard a guess that like me, the vast majority of The Shaman’s readership have fundamentally been influenced by his musical outpouring that spans 40 years. Whether its during his time in The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, solo, in colloboration with Conny Ochs or his many projects and contributions, including being a member of, to quote a good friend, ‘that fucking band’, Wino has a close place in all of our black hearts.
So as you can imagine, when asked to premiere Iron And Stone from the new The Obsessed reissue of Incarnate, that’s been lovingly remastered and will be released in a special Ultimate Edition with various vinyl pressings for Record Store Day via Blues Funeral Recordings, it was a no brainer as since being introduced to The Obsessed as a teenager around 93/94, its band that’s been with me through thick and thin.
‘This song was born many years ago, my first real metal song. I wrote the music, Mark Laue (Professor Dark) wrote the words, great lyrics too. What a song!‘ comments Wino.
Now click play below and raise your devil horns to Iron And Stone, a three minute master class in doom metal that’s often emulated, but never surpassed…
More On The Obsessed & ‘Incarnate – Ultimate Edition’
2020 marks the 40th anniversary of doom godfathers, The Obsessed, which will be celebrated in glorious style! October 24th 2020 will see Blues Funeral Recordings release an ultimate and remastered edition of Incarnate, a finest early 2000’s collection of rare demos, outtakes and unforgettable singles by The Obsessed, an album which has been gone from digital streaming services and been out of print for a long time.
Officially forming in 1980, the iconic band built the bridge between metalheads and punks. Influencing heavy music for generations, The Obsessed are one of the most distinctive bands in the worldwide stoner, doom and heavy rock scene. Led by Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich, a heavy music lifer admired and acclaimed by the likes of Dave Grohl, Pepper Keenan and Henry Rollins, The Obsessed has been releasing milestone albums for decades on labels like Hellhound, Columbia and Relapse, with Wino himself playing and performing with members of Sleep, Neurosis, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and more.
Since their earliest days, The Obsessed accumulated dozens of demos, b-sides, covers and alternate recordings, many of which were issued in various limited releases and an early-2000s collection called Incarnate. Long out of print and gone digitally, Blues Funeral Recordings‘ new ultimate edition of The Obsessed Incarnate is completely remastered, features the addition of 4 new tracks, and is packaged with all new artwork, photos, and extensive new liner notes with Wino himself telling stories behind each long-lost gem. The Obsessed Incarnate Ultimate Edition will be released digitally as well as in a beautiful gatefold double LP package with unique vinyl colours exclusively for Record Store Day on October 24th 2020!
Exclusive Record Store Day vinyl configurations:
USA/Canada – Black/Red Marble Vinyl
Germany/Austria/Switzerland – Solid Sun Yellow Vinyl
UK/Sweden – Pure White Vinyl
‘For me, playing music professionally has always been a labor of love.Refusing to sell out, crafting songs and musical soundscapes is my art. There cannot be a compromise of artistic vision.With relationships and life in general, compromise is necessary, but compromising my art only crosses my mind when describing my philosophy here.‘ Wino explains.
‘I was given a gift and so I have responsibilities, to carry the torch, if you will, to illuminate the underground pathway that lies ahead and away from the mundane and banal music that some call pop or whatever.
I could not achieve these ideals without heroes with like minds and similar values. So I would like to say thanks to Jadd Shickler and Blues Funeral for believing in the power of this music, and believing in me, and re-releasing this amalgamation of sounds for your listening pleasure.
This is a compilation of outtakes, singles and demo versions of songs that made later albums… or not. Jadd told me that THIS record is what got him into my stuff, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, etc., and so we’re happy to offer the fans and listeners a special revamped version. Thanks to all who believe!!!’
A must-have anniversary album that belongs in every well-sorted The Obsessed record collection and is available as an exclusive Record Store Day release.