Doom metal godfather SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH teamed up with The Obelisk to stream his powerful and emotional new acoustic album ‘Forever Gone’ in its entirety, in its anticipation of its June 26th release on Ripple Music.
“A beautiful record, commanding and comforting in equal measure.” – Classic Rock
“This is coming straight from the heart, and when this much authentic emotion is there,
the rest just kinda falls into place.” – Invisible Oranges
“Possibly one of the darkest albums Wino has done.” – The Sleeping Shaman
Scott “Wino” Weinrich‘s long-awaited new acoustic effort ‘Forever Gone’ marks the launch of Ripple Music’s “Blood and Strings: The Ripple Acoustic” vinyl series, which present albums of acoustic heaviness from some of the most admired names in riff-rock and metal. The Obelisk states: “As vibrant as this material is, and as much as it brims with the passion and creative intensity that brought it to bear in the studio, there continues to be a heft that is either underlying or at the fore, moving no less dynamically than the arrangements of the songs throughout, and no less crucial to the understanding of what this record is. I’ve said before, on plenty of occasions, there’s only one Wino.”
Stream Wino’s new solo masterpiece “Forever Gone” on The Obelisk
Produced by Frank Marchand (The Obsessed, Bob Mould), new solo album ‘Forever Gone’ reflects the inexhaustible creativity of the Maryland-based rocker, with his trademark stripped-down melancholic rock that ranges from Americana soundscapes to strictly doomed folk, while maintaining an outstanding sonic intensity all the way through. With an unmatched pedigree in doom, having been in bands like Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder and The Hidden Hand, along with ten years of touring the world since his widely acclaimed last acoustic outing ‘Adrift’, you know WINO
has stories full of longing, loss, heartache and darkness to tell on this soon-to-be-classic record.
‘Forever Gone’ will be released on vinyl, CD and digital on June 26th via Ripple Music. All vinyl editions come in a gorgeous gatefold cover with special poster included.
Scott “Wino” Weinrich is widely as known as the iconic frontman of cornerstone doom metal founders SAINT VITUS
and THE OBSESSED
— both founded in the late 70s and revered for inspiring hundreds of bands in their sovereign wake — as well as SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE HIDDEN HAND and SHRINEBUILDER. Through his prolific and passion-driven 40-year career, whether he was laying the foundations of modern doom or successfully sailing across stirring folk rock lands, Wino has remained an unwavering force of the underground scene. Wino formed his first band The Obsessed in 1980, starting the reign of “heavy and slow” decades before doom grew into a flourishing worldwide genre unto itself. A few years later, he moved to California to join Saint Vitus, with whom he released the seminal ‘Born Too Late’ (1986), one of the most powerful statements in doom’s early history, with Wino’s raspy, heartfelt and punk-charged vocals booming loudly above the crowd of howling, gimmicky Ozzy copycats.
Following a reformation of The Obsessed and a brief major-label flirtation in the early 90s which included a a piledriving update of Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” alongside Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Rob Halford, Wino formed yet another influential outfit, Spirit Caravan. The new band fused his trademark sludgy churn with an increased soulfulness, beginning to lay the groundwork for his eventual exploration of acoustic and expansive songwriting. During this time, Dave Grohl also invited Wino to join his all-star Probot project alongside Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Max Cavalera and other notables. Numerous world tours with his various bands later, the creative source remained inexhaustible as Wino embarked on a new direction with the release of his solo debut, ‘Punctuated Equilibrium.’ Quickly followed by second solo LP ‘Adrift’ in 2010 and a series of collaborations with German folk songwriter Conny Ochs, Wino embarked on extensive European and North American tours as a solo act, continuing to maintain his thriving solo output even with the arrival of a much-heralded and welcome re-constitution of The Obsessed for the third time in 2017.
Today, WINO is respected the world over as the godfather of doom and one of the heavy music underground’s most revered lifers. Worldwide festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Psycho Las Vegas, Desertfest, Maryland Deathfest, Rock Hard Fest, Monolith On The Mesa and countless others keep inviting Wino back through his various sonic incarnations year after year. WINO‘s third solo album ‘Forever Gone’ is set to be released on June 26th via Ripple Music.