The Obsessed are a band from Maryland that has a 40 year history and are one of the first American bands to play doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 comeback album "Sacred" which will be released in April by Relapse Records.
A very heavy and old school doom metal sound starts off the album along with some clean singing vocals a few seconds later and the riffs also use a great amount of dark sounding melodies and the solos and leads bring a 70s metal/rock style to the modern era while also being very melodic.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a decent amount of aggressive drumming can be heard and back up gang shouts can also be heard at times and some songs also bring in a small amount of clean guitars while some tracks also add in a touch of proto punk and as the album progresses elements of blues rock can be heard and one of the tracks is all instrumental while a later song introduces acoustic guitars onto the recording and a couple of songs are very long and epic in length.
The Obsessed creates a recording that is mostly rooted in the doom metal tradition while also mixing in touches of 70's rock to create something a letter bit more different than previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover personal struggles, despair, and real life themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Obsessed and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sodden Jackal" "it's only Money" "Stranger Things" and "On So Long". 8 out of 10.