This month Inner Wound Recordings announced they will be reissuing the classic albums from 80s cult metal heroes, Obsession. Hailing from Connecticut, Obsession burst on the scene in 1982 when they scored a track on Metal Blade’s Metal Massacre compilation series (Vol. II). 1984s Marshall Law EP set the template for great things to come, showcasing the powerhouse vocals of Michael Vescera, a deadly dual guitar attack and hook-tastic songcraft. 1986 saw the release of their magnum opus, Scarred for Life (one of my all time favorite metal albums), and Methods of Madness capped off the run of excellence the following year.

Obsession disbanded in 89 and Michael Vescera went on to front notable acts like Loudness and Yngwie Malmsteen. Though the band’s golden era was tragically short lived, these early albums are great examples of the 80s American metal sound and they hold up surprisingly well 30 years later.

The reissues feature a 12-page booklet with lyrics and liner notes from Vescera. Release is set for December 1st. If you love 80s metal but somehow missed Obsession, this is your chance to catch up on some high-quality stuff from the olden days. Bang em’ til they bleed, folks.

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  • Monsterth Goatom

    I missed Obsession. I’ll try not to miss this.

  • Cherd

    Happy Eat Food Day to all the gorillas, hucksters, muppets, concrete trashcans, elitists, invertebrate doctors, fathers of Zeus, et al. and to all the Metal Guys and Gals, angry or otherwise. Thanks for doing this crazy site.

    • Thanks for being crazy enough to read this here crazy site! Enjoy the day of foodery.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    this review… it has no rating…

    what the fuck am i supposed to make of this?!?!

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      Hmmm based on Steely’s wordsmithing and adjectives I would volunteer a rating of 3.5 to 4.

      • 3.5 for EP, 4.0 for Scarred for Life, 3.5 to 4.0 for Methods.

  • Averycoolusername

    I didn’t even know this band existed, but I’m always up for some Druhm-approved metal, so I guess I’ll check this out

  • Absolomb

    I totally read that title as a dig at bands obsession to reissue material.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      “Reissue Alert: Obsession to Have Their Classic Albums Reissued Makes Bands do Stupid Things”

      • Name’s Dalton

        Read all about it!

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  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    Beloved album. Losing my mind and Taking your chances are gems.

  • Bas

    Never heard of them. I will check it out! Thanks :-) Enjoy thanksgiving to our US friends!

  • hallowed

    First time I hear that Yngwie had someone fronting his band.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Yeah, that sentence should be corrected to read “Michael Vescera sang on Yngwie Malmsteen’s band which was fronted as usual by Malmsteen himself”

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I saw Yngwie in Toronto and his singer was caught at the USA border with possession.
        Yngwie ended up singing instead…..makes me wonder if he planted the weed on his singer…..

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Yngwie sang a couple of songs on some of his 80s and 90s records if I’m not wrong. Nowadays apparently he’s fed up of dealing with singers and their inflated egos (!) and decided to sing himself.

  • Oberon

    This is great news, even better, Audrey Horne has a new album in January

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Guys. ..your RPD ratio is waning. …

    • Removable partial dentures are a hassle.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Especially when scarfing turkey. ….

    • It’s amazing how nonexistent time to do anything becomes this time of year, not to mention the ghost town nature of the promo bin. Things’ll be back up to pace eventually.

      • Ivan E. Rection

        You guys deserve a breather I guess, but just till the tryptophan wears off. Bring on more reissues in the meantime, and old Enigma artists are a great place to start. I’ll place an order now for Lizzy Borden and Wild Dogs.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I know, I just get disappointed when I don’t get my AMG review fix at least 3 times daily.
        What would you say is the most anticipated album yet to come out in 2017?

        • I wouldn’t. I’m working on a writeup for an upcoming debut which I think a lot of people will really dig (Muppet luck, yo) but the last album I was really hyped waiting on was Converge. These are the quiet, hungry times, but we’ll take care of you angry metal readers with some T’s y’all have have M’d.

  • tomasjacobi

    Never heard of them. Still ordered all three CD’s; they better be as great as you say!

    • Don’t pressure me on Eating Day.

      • tomasjacobi

        No pressure at all.


        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          They might need more cowbell, though.

          • tomasjacobi

            I gotta have more cowbell, baby!

  • Iain Gleasure

    Ah yes, “Thanksgiving”. Or as we in Canada like to call it, Thursday.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle


      • HeavyMetalHamster


        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Pig Thrower? Is that a bacon-themed Bolt Thrower parody/homage band in the vein of Cannabis Corpse?

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Oooo. ..bacon.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            Pig Destroyer/Bolt Thrower supergroup. Make it happen!

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Now I wonder what would be better, bacon-themed Bolt Thrower or that Pig Destroyer / Bolt Thrower mash up you mention. Both sound like they could be great.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      Aye……a happy Friday to ye fellow Canucknuckle Head.

  • Here’s Johnny

    Obsession are awesome, all you need to know.

    Although have you not missed out mentioning Carnival of Lies at least?

  • In other news, The Wiggles are more brutal than Lordi.

  • h0ttentot