The Obsessed Lunar Womb
By Dan Century
Of the dozens, maybe hundreds, of
descendants of the Black Sabbath sound, Wino is the only guitarist who has
surpassed the master Iommi. Some of you might have never heard of Wino before.
Why is that, then all your heroes, like Henry Rollins, Ian McKay, Phil Anselmo,
Pepper Keenan and Dave Grohl, consider Wino to be their hero?
What impresses me most about The Obsessed and their
legendary leader Wino is the brutal honestly of the music. On Lunar Womb
you get Winos distinctive growl, his searing-hot guitar, Greg Roger on
drums and Scott Reeder on bass. No bullshit. No studio masturbation. The
Obsessed offer only pure, raw, visceral, HEAVY, rock n roll. Lunar
Womb was first released in 1992, and now its been remastered and
given a proper release on Meteor City. When I look through my collection of
heavy rock n roll, I realize that Lunar Womb was the one great
album I did not have, and it is the one album no collection should be without.
Lunar Womb stands apart from the other heavy rock
albums of its day. It lacks the effects drenched sound of Monster Magnet, or
the over-production of a band like Alice in Chains. Theres no keyboards
or drum machines, and Wino never tries to rap (thank Valhalla). Wino shares the
same ethic of simplicity that many of the Sub Pop bands like Mudhoney embraced,
but Winos sound is never sloppy, silly or so fuzzed out that the music is
compromised. The Rollins Band is the only band I would compare to the Obsessed
at that time. Without a doubt, the Obsessed is superior to the Rollins Band,
but they both share an aggressive, intelligent and passionate singer and a raw
sound that comes from the gut and the heart, and not a rack of studio effects.
Im certain Winos influence on Rollins shaped their sound.
Sabbaths influence on Wino is clear, but you can also trace a direct line
from Wino back to the old blues guitarist of the early and mid 20th century,
when music was made by a man (or woman) pouring out their heart and soul with
just their voice and a guitar.
Lunar Womb kicks off with the heavy and soulful
Brother Blue Steel. Winos guitar work is so powerful he
wields it like a weapon I swear I can hear blood and guts hit the floor
when he rips into the solo. Bardo is like getting punched in the head
for a minute, then being mauled by a pit-bull for another 30 seconds and then
finally being beaten again. The song is that fast, angry and animalistic.
Back to Zero is the most radio friendly song on the album
thats not to say its weak rather the music sounds like a row
of Sherman tanks slowly grinding up the side of a mountain, destroying all in
their path. No Blame is a balls-to-the-wall rocker in the vein of
Motorheads Ace of Spades. Im pretty sure this song is the
last thing you hear before a Viking runs a broadsword through your chest and
tosses you into a volcano. The lyrics Im gonna shine my shoes on
your face in the name of RocknRoll, say it all.
Lunar Womb is a great album. It was missing from my
collection, and its probably missing from yours as well. Now that Meteor
City has re-released it, there are no more excuses. If youre into
heavy/riff/stoner rock n roll for the music and the message, and
not so much for they psychedelic and comic book fantasy aspects, then Lunar
Womb is for you.
Meteor City Records
Post: PO Box 40322, Albuquerque, NM, 87196-0322, USA
Click to Buy!