The Obsessed

Grayskull Booking Presents

The Obsessed

Karma to Burn, Lo-Pan, Gozu

Wed, May 17, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)

$15

This event is 18 and over

METALSUCKS PRESENTS: The Obsessed 

w/ Karma to Burn

Lo-Pan

GOZU

8pm Doors - 9 pm Muzak

18+ / All ages admitted with adult

$15 adv - $20 dos

Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show / Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 8pm (if not sold out)

Physical tickets can be purchased without fees at Somerville Grooves located at 26 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 from 11am-7pm (cash only)

The Obsessed
THE OBSESSED was formed in the late 1970’s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Wenrich (Saint Vitus/Spirit Caravan). The band spawned in the realm of musicians/artists such as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, The Dictators and The Stooges. The earliest lineup consisted of Wino, Mark Laue (Bass), John Reese (Guitars) and Dave Flood (Drums). In 1983, Wino took over vocals duties and the band became a 3-piece to record the Sodden Jackal EP.

The band broke up in the late 80s after Wino moved to California to join Saint Vitus. At that time, a German label, Hellhound Records, and the booking agency that had signed Saint Vitus, released The Obsessed, originally recorded in 1985, prompting Wino to reform THE OBSESSED. After multiple lineup changes the band signed to Columbia Records in 1994 to release their third and final album, The Church Within. Despite highly acclaimed reviews, THE OBSESSED would breakup once again following the release, seeing Wino forming Spirit Caravan (Then Shine) and other projects.

In September 2011, THE OBSESSED returned to the stage at Roadburn Festival with The Church Within legendary lineup (featuring Wino, Greg Rogers and Guy Pinhas). The band played a few more reunion shows over the next couple years at Hellfest Open Air 2012 and Maryland Deathfest XI in May 2013 with Reid Raley (Bass).

Wino announced the full-time return of THE OBSESSED in March 2016 and the band’s official signing to Relapse Records to record the follow up to The Church Within. The new lineup originally consisted of Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and Wino’s longtime friend and former road crew member Brian Costantino (Drums). On October 31, 2016, Wino announced that The Obsessed will test the waters for the remainder of 2016 by adding Bruce Falkinburg on Bass and Seraphim on Guitar, making this the first time in over 35 years that the Obsessed have been a four piece band.

Now in 2017, THE OBSESSED will unleash Sacred, the band’s first studio album in in over 20 years. With renewed energy and purpose, THE OBSESSED sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before. On Sacred, the band doubles down on enormous, heaving riffs and pummeling low-end across 12 tracks of eternal doom. Rounded out by Wino’s lyrical honesty and iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into the annals of heavy metal history, well worth the two-plus decade wait. The band will perform once again as three piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley and Brian Costantino.
Karma to Burn
To explain what’s so special about this American rock trio to somebody who’s never heard of Karma To Burn before, you have to start by leaving aside some of the basic principles of that music and start with the group’s most obvious forte: their riff-driven, heavily grooving instrumental songs blend almost the entire history of rock music, from the late sixties with their euphoric atmosphere of departure to the present return to handmade, organic music which counteracts with passionate spiritedness the general trend towards cold digital sounds. Even without vocals, Karma To Burn fascinate their listeners from the first to the very last note. “If you want to compose a song without vocals, you have to really concentrate on the continuous flow of the arrangements, after all we don’t have a singer to cover up any weak passages,” explains guitarist William Mecum, who makes up Karma To Burn’s current line-up together with Evan Devine (drums) and new addition Eric von Clutter (bass). “An instrumental track has to be like a rollercoaster ride that takes its audience up and down the whole time to maintain the suspense and dynamics. It’s got to be able to impress all the way.” 26 February 2016 will see the arrival of the group’s new EP Mountain Czar on Rodeostar/SPV, and the recording is set to fulfil those very criteria. So their fans may already look forward to five new tracks and the subsequent tour, scheduled to start directly after the release.

The new material will be presented to the public for the first time at those shows. On the one hand, Mountain Czar features the same artistic DNA as all recordings by Karma To Burn since their 1997 debut, on the other hand it also holds a number of surprises. As usual, four of the five songs feature numbers instead of regular song titles, namely ´Sixty`, ´Sixty One`, ´Sixty Two` and ´Sixty Three`. This way of naming their songs is just as much part of Karma To Burn’s approach as their holding on to established sounds and structures. “Of course we want to make sure that our music gets more interesting all the time, but only in the context of our own history and only to an extent that doesn’t confuse our fans,” explains Mecum. One of the exceptional moments on Mountain Czar is ´Sixty Three`, which the band refer to as “a heavy rock song with a mix of Western style and the surf rock feel of the 1950s”. Then there’s ´Uccidendo Un Sogno`, a cover track featuring a female (!) vocalist (!!) and Italian (!!!) lyrics. By way of explanation: Karma To Burn took ´Runnin Down A Dream` by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and asked Italian singer Stefanie Savy to record it in her native tongue. And on top of that, the end of the song surprises with a solo by Sons Of Morpheus guitarist Manuel Bissing.

The album title may also require a brief explanation because Mountain Czar, freely translated “Ruler of the Mountains”, is a reference to the band’s (future) stylistic direction. “It’s funny: our music used to be referred to as stoner rock although none of us smoke marihuana. Then our style was suddenly called desert rock although we don’t come from the desert but from West Virginia, which is also called ´The Mountain State`,” Mecum smirks. “So it practically suggested itself to look for a term which really suits our music. That’s why we decided on the title Mountain Czar, in the hope that people would label our music as ‘mountain rock’ in future.”

There’s no indication that things are about to slow down for this band – what with their spring 2016 tour coming up, which has already been confirmed. So no signs of fatigue in the Karma To Burn camp. “More than 20 years ago, people told me that a purely instrumental band could never work in the long run,” William Mecum recalls. “But Karma To Burn are like a boxer with a big heart, amazing stamina and a talent for getting back on his feet again and again.” Which is just as well, seeing that in this case there’s a mountain to be conquered.
Lo-Pan
Lo-Pan is a band. Can you deal with that?

We formed. We play. The End.

Jeff Martin(pipes), J.Bartz(drumbs), Skot Thompson(bass fishing tech), Chris Thompson(Guitard)
Gozu
Gozu
Gozu first appeared on the scene in 2008 with the the release of their seven track EP. Consisting of members of bands such asWargasm and Triphammer, Gozu laid down the rock but also brought the groove on songs such as the human-empowerment anthem "Rise Up" and D.A.R.E.-baiting "Meth Cowboy". Fronted by the man with a plan, Marc Gaffney, aka Gaff, who has the pipes Chris Cornell used to possess before he started modeling men's cologne, Gozu plays the sort of rock tailor made to be blasted out on radio airwaves nationwide, ala early Queens of the Stone Age. It's the kind of rock music that pulls up alongside you while you're walking down the street minding your own business, demands that you "get in the f@*ing car", proceeds to drive 90 mph down the wrong side of the highway, and then drops you off miles from home at some abandoned rest stop.

After a line-up change which brought on board bassist Jay Cannava of Miltown and Clouds infamy, Gozu continues to chug along at its own pace. Axe slinger Doug Sherman peels off riffs and solos like they're going out of style and drum god Barry Spillberg beats his drums like they owe him money, and the whole thing just cruises along on a bed of melodies most bands would die for. Small Stone Records snapped up Gozu in 2009 and the band is currently working on its debut for the label, which will no doubt leave many a listener scratching their head, wondering how in the hell Gozu does it and makes it look so easy. But don't let your guard down, because next thing you know you'll be on the outskirts of town wondering how you got there and what that catchy song stuck in your head is and where it came from.

Following the success of Locust Season in 2010, Gozu returned to Mad Oak Studios and The Bridge Sound and Stage in 2012 to put their second album to tape with engineer Benny Grotto and Owen Curtin. "The Fury of a Patient Man" sees Gozu still driven by Gaff's melted butter melodies and Doug's ultra-thick riffs, but the scope has expanded, and whether it's the 24-minute deconstructed jam of "The Ceaseless Thunder Of Surf" or the High on Fire-style gallop of "Charles Bronson Pinchot," the band have opened up new musical avenues. Joined by bassist Joe Grotto (Motherboar), they headlined Small Stone's Boston Showcase in the fall and proved to all in attendance that Locust Season was no fluke and that their finest hour still lay ahead. The Fury of a Patient Man rages, but Gozu remain in total control and the album

. Gozu has had songs placed on the NBC Television show "AWAKE"
. MTV's "The Dudesons" and "Road Rules" "NASCAR Racing" and "Fuse TV"
. Gozu album Locust Season was selected as one of the "Best New Rock artists of the year" by Itunes in 2010
. Gozu has been Nominated for 2 Boston Music Awards
. Selected to Play SXSW in 2010 and 2011
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143