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Saturday 20th July 2019

The Obsessed - All-Day Extravaganza

— Exchange
The Obsessed return with a heavy supporting line-up!
time:16:30
price: Headfirst Tickets

Information:

Snuff Lane loudly bring you:

The Obsessed Official // Gonga (official) // Alunah // more to be announced

Saturday 20th July

Exchange, Bristol

Doors: 16:30

Tickets: £16.00 adv. // £17.50 otd.

-- Bristol Ticket Shop: http://bit.ly/2N4GxMN

-- Headfirst:

Maryland doom-riff legends THE OBSESSED return with a renewed energy, purpose and heavier sound than ever! These doom legends will be taking over the Exchange to perform tracks from their latest album 'Sacred', alongside an array of timeless classics.

Humongous supporting line-up boasting: local instrumental legends GONGA, Birmingham based doomsters ALUNAH, with more to be announced.

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The Obsessed Official

https://theobsessed.bandcamp.com/

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.

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Gonga (official)

https://gonga.bandcamp.com/

Clawing their way out of the dank blackness of their riff research laboratory and hungry for the flesh of new twisted listeners, Gonga bring forth a new offering – a Concrescence.

In the five years since their last outpouring of un-anchored HeavyRock, Transmigration, Gonga managed to lose/fire/upset every bass player in the region. Brothers Thomas (dramatic battery) and George (riff philosophy) having survived war and mental abuse from the outside world found a new phenomenon walking the golden triangle right in front of their (third) eyes; a specialist in detail – you could say a time-stretch professional. And so, Latch self-sacrificed himself to the group before he even joined; the perfect combination of Geezer Butler and Cliff Burton muttering arcane wisdom.

A trinity of Earth forms was instantly created; bull, goat, ram. The strength of the triangle allowed the 3 to set about HeavyRock construction. Without singer the aim became to create aural landscapes for band and listener to use as a launchpad for remote viewing, for mental and spiritual enlightenment and for emotional therapy. One could refer to it as instrumental HeavyRock for the philosophical connoisseur.

Riff research and late night experimentations led the trio into unexplored territories of voiceless riff/rhythm. Years passed and the brew grew strong, as did the urge to commit the aural paintings to vinyl.

Six tracks, two sides - Concrescence, a region of complexity in comparison to its surroundings.

Gonga hail from Bristol, UK. This is their third album. They have toured with Mondo Generator and High On Fire and have performed at Glastonbury and Download festivals as well as recording a Maida Vale session for Zane Lowe (Radio 1). Their favourite colour is black or green or something probably.

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Alunah

https://alunah.bandcamp.com/

Birmingham, U.K. based doom band ALUNAH have returned with their new EP, AMBER & GOLD. The four-track EP features the exciting & powerful delivery of new vocalist Siân Greenaway & shows ALUNAH progressing & expanding their music once more, whilst enhancing the ethereal magic of their earlier work.

Forming in 2006, ALUNAH have had an impressive career to date with four previous albums and numerous UK & EU tours.
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Artist Videos:

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Alunah - Solennial (Full Album) 2017

Artist Audio:

The Obsessed
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