OBSESSION - Lay Down The Law
By Carl Begai
In the metal biz for 30 years now, vocalist Michael Vescera
claim to singing for greats like LOUDNESS, Yngwie Malmsteen, Roland
(ex-HELLOWEEN) and Joe Stump
(REIGN OF TERROR), has established
himself as a dependable session player and producer, has released five
solo albums (four under the MVP moniker), and is now the frontman of the
hugely successful ANIMETAL USA
project out of Japan featuring Chris
(guitars), Rudy Sarzo
(bass) and Jon Dette
OBSESSION is the band that put him on the map, however, and folks that
were into the first three records – Marshall Law
(’84), Scarred For Life
(’86) and Methods Of Madness (’87) – have often wondered to some degree
if Vescera would ever go back to his cult-favourite roots. A decent
attempt at an Obsession comeback was made in 2006 with Carnival Of Lies,
but a presumed lack of interest in the album and Vescera’s busy
schedule put the band’s future activities on hold indefinitely. Oddly
enough, during one of the busiest times in his career he managed to
hammer out Order Of Chaos, an Obsession album worthy of the early days
and the fans that have stuck around this long.Vescera
and myself have been discussing for years the possibility of
when – not if – a new Obsession record might see the light of day. It
came down to having the time to piece together and record all the song
ideas brought to the table.
“It’s always in the back of your mind that you want to get it done,
but the Animetal thing pulled me away from it,” he concedes. “Even when I
was on the road, the guys were working on the Obsession record. It was
tough. We were talking about it, and we agreed it would be nice to just
be able to go into the studio for a couple months and make a record from
beginning to end. We were really psyched about doing the new record,
though, because we knew it was going to be cool. The guys are all great,
but of course they were scratching their heads asking ‘Hey, when’s this
thing going to be done?’ (laughs).”
“Order Of Chaos
was finished in January 2012. I finished it before
went out to California to do the Animetal single ‘Rock Lee’. The label
(Inner Wound) wanted to wait until towards the end of the year to
release it. It looks like the label manager made the right decision, but
it’s been done for a while. I’m glad it’s finally out.”
It turns out that Vescera is the only remaining original member of
, yet the new album is a solid echo of the band’s early works.
It’s a similar situation to guitarist Jeff Waters
that Vescera embodies the band’s sound and spirit. Without him
everything stops dead.
“I’m the only one left. Jay (Mezias/drums) left shortly after
Carnival. We did a bunch of shows, but he ended up meeting a girl and
getting married. I’m still in touch with him, but we were at a point
where we had to make a move. When you hear the drums on the new record,
you can hear that BJ (Zampa) did great. These guys are all from
Connecticut and they were really familiar with Obsession because we were
like local heroes or something (laughs). They kind of just get it.
They’ve been working with me for a while (since 2004), they’re real
metal fans, and they understand what Obsession is all about. That makes
things a lot easier.”
has its own sound, its own style, and I just fall right
into it. It‘s not like I force it; it all happens naturally. It’s such a
big part of my life, so when people come to me raving about the new
album saying ‘It sounds like the old Obsession!’ I’m happy because
that’s what I do.”
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Obsession released Order Of Chaos
on October 3rd in Europe and
October 9th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings, and on
September 19th in Japan through Spiritual Beast. The tracklisting is as
follows:'Order Of Chaos'
'Twist Of The Knife'
'When The Smoke Clears'
'License To Kill'
'Wages Of Sin'
'Cold Day In Hell'
'Act Of God'
The Japanese edition of the album features the exclusive bonus track, 'The Damned'.
Vescera commented on Order Of Chaos
in an earlier interview with BW&BK:
"It’s a cross between Carnival Of Lies and the early Obsession
stuff. I think it’s geared more towards the older sound, the
straightforward metal like the Marshall Law album (’84), but you can
hear some of the Carnival sound in there, too.”
Check out BraveWords.com's review of Order Of Chaos
at this location.
The track 'Wages Of Sin' is streaming below along with an album teaser: