Saint Vitus

Genres: Heavy Metal
Descriptive "tags": doom metal traditional doom metal doom stoner rock metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Despite being commercially and critically ignored for the duration of their existence, Saint Vitus (the name was culled from Black Sabbath’s Vol 4) left behind an influential body of work. Formed in the USA during 1979 as Tyrant, by guitarist Dave Chandler, drummer Armando Acosta, bass player Mark Adams and vocalist Scott Reagers, the band laboured for several years without a record contract before signing with Californian label SST Records (apparently at the insistence of Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins). Saint Vitus, however, were a very different proposition to their new labelmates. Their sound, a slow ponderous take on Black Sabbath at their bleakest also contained elements of Blue Cheer’s electric buzz had very few contemporaries at all, especially among the label’s other bands.

Their self-titled debut, despite suffering from a patchy production, set out the blueprint for their later efforts. Hallows Victim and The...

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