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Saint Vitus

One of the leading American doom metal acts of the '80s (along with Trouble and the Obsessed), Saint Vitus was cursed with public indifference throughout their decade-plus career, which both started and ended in frustrating obscurity. Originally formed as Tyrant in 1979 by vocalist Scott Reagers, guitarist Dave Chandler, bassist Mark Adams, and drummer Armando Acosta, Los Angeles' Saint Vitus was named after a medieval boy saint whose beheading and violent death-throes gave rise to the gruesome expression ("Saint Vitus Dance," also the name of a Black Sabbath song from the Vol. 4 album). Though they couldn't help but be slightly influenced by the SoCal hardcore scene thriving all around them (especially on their early releases), the quartet was a card-carrying disciple of Sabbath's dreary doom metal commandments, specializing in amazingly slow, ponderous power chords and a highly unfashionable biker image. Their eponymous 1984 debut was released by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn's SST Records, and was followed in quick succession by the Walking Dead EP and Hallow's Victim album the very next year.

Progress was slow, but the band continued to improve despite the departure of vocalist Reagars, thanks to the arrival of former Obsessed frontman and sometime-guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich for 1986's Born Too Late -- generally regarded as their best effort. The following year's Thirsty and Miserable EP and 1988's Mournful Cries found greater acclaim in Europe than America and marked the end of the group's relationship with SST. New label Hellhound Records released 1989's V as well as a career-spanning live album recorded in Germany a year later. But despite all this hard work, the band seemed incapable of breaking new ground or achieving anything even resembling commercial success. As their disillusionment grew and Wino quit the group to reform the Obsessed, the release of an SST greatest hits set called Heavier Than Thou seemed like the final chapter for Saint Vitus. New singer Christian Lindersson appeared on 1992's half-heartedly recorded C.O.D., and though the original lineup would briefly reconvene for a last hurrah with 1995's Die Healing, no more has been heard of Saint Vitus since. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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nicko252008
Heel yeah, some good old fashion METAL!
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Bio needs updating. SV is on tour right now.
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SAINT VITUS RULES !!!
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fun to look for his reviews: over rated, thumbs down losers, etc. still haven't found anything he likes. could make a drinking game out of it
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Cool album cover love doomed title Die Healing great song I hate everytime I think somethings cool f¥©kin BOBS ON MY F¥©KING C0©K is there to proclaim it garbage. I love all music on some level and if I dont I just skip it What have you created bobsonnit other than an ultra gay S T U P I D name we all know your obsessed with blowin dudes and not listening to music GO AWAY MAN you f¥©kin stress me out
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@bobonnit Go suck eggs.
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They suck. Get this garbage offa my Pandora
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they still play around LA and Winos current project is Sun Trash
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cris.gibson
The bio certainly is out of date. They've played Austin three or so times with Wino in the past two years. Haven't figured out how to make any of the shows yet, but I've heard good reviews.
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These guys along with Motorhead and Black Sabbath are the truest of the true! I wore out the grooves on my Hallows Victim Lp back in '85. I still love these dudes!
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No QOTSA without the Vitus. Hugely influential, sadly ignored..
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If you love Eavy music you'll eventually find your way to the Vitus. The interesting thing about these guys is the fact that they were more associated with the pre-grunge scene of the 80's rather then Heavy Metal at that time.
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this article needs updating, wino-era lineup is back together, with new album and are touring all this summer. they freaking killed it at maryland deathfest this may
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DRUNK,LOUD F**KING ROCK WHAT MORE IS THERE
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Thanks for the info. I don't know if a lot of their stuff sounds like this (I hope it does) but this song has that classic, old no-nonsense metal feel - it sounds like something that would have been on Sabath's Volume 4. And I think the vocals (as untrained and unpolished as they might be) are what gives this song its menacing, brooding appeal.
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mstern18
there should be so many more comments here. Vitus rules...
to ems77: well, they were until recently. they got back together pretty recently and are touring, i saw them in New York a couple weeks ago. And they sounded really good. Still heavy, crazy, and really tight and well-practic e d sounding. But anyway who knows what they will do next, especially since Wino is in the new band Shrinebuilde r .
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I think they actually found a great replacement. For all his singing ability I don't think Reagers would have sounded as tortured/mad on Born To Late. I can't imagine anyone else singing the title track.
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Sorry, but Wino just cant sing on key. I like the guy's raw energy & tone. But he cant even shine Scott Reager's shoes. I cant figure out why bands do stupid s**t like replace good singers with guys who, well, cant sing. Prolly why they never really got anywhere with theyre music. Wino sounds decent on his own material. Love the band though. Oh well...
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I love "Look Behind You" - never heard of this band before it popped up on Pandora as similar to Black Sabbath. Is it really defunct as the bio seems to imply?
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kapnkevman2
Wow - this bio is out of date!!!
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Well I like Saint Vitus, don't want no burial at sea

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