Maryland band The Obsessed, led by the inimitable Wino, were playing stoner/doom metal before the genre had a name. Not quite as early as Black Sabbath, but this band formed in 1976 as Warhorse and changed their name to The Obsessed four years later. Kinda weirdly, they put out a series of demos before finally releasing their self-titled debut album in 1990. That worked out in their favor though; the stoner boom, led by bands such as Kyuss, fully embraced them. The most recent album, Sacred, came in 2017, though the band still kicks ass live. Hard, heavy and single-minded, Alex’s floor will be shaking. Nick Oliveri’s Mondo Generator also play, and Drainage open.
The Obsessed play at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 12 at Alex’s Bar.