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Saint Vitus

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Saint Vitus (1981-1991, 1992-1996, 2003, 2008-present): a Doom Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.

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hey started out life in 1978 as Tyrant featuring the line-up of Scott Reagers (vocals), Dave Chandler (guitars), Mark Adams (bass) and Armando Acosta (drums) to release a one-off demo before changing their name in 1981 to Saint Vitus and become one of the first doom metal bands in the style Black Sabbath. Under this line-up the act would finally release a self-titled debut proper in 1984, following it the next year with Hallow's Victim and The Walking Dead EP.

By the release of Born Too Late (1986), Thirsty and Miserable EP (1987), Mournful Cries (1988) and V (1990), Scott "Wino" Weinrich had assumed vocals while his other act, The Obsessed were on hiatus.

After the live set Live (1990) and the Heavier than Thou (1991) compilation, C.O.D. (1992) saw Christian Linderson on vocals. Scott Reagers, however, re-assumed the vocals for the follow-up Die Healing (1995) before splitting up the next year.

2003 saw the act reunite briefly resulting in a one off live video. When Debris Inc. and The Hidden Hand were both put on ice for good by 2008, the membership of Saint Vitus were free to re-unite full-time. Their eighth studio album, Lillie: F-65, resulted in 2012 along side the live EP, Live (2012) with Weinrich on vocals and Henry Vasquez (drums) due to the death of Acosta in 2010 of a brain tumor.

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In autumn 2014, Saint Vitus toured Europe for their 35th anniversary, performing Born Too Late in full. However, on November 9th, Weinrich was detained in Norway for possession of illegal substances and was deported to the US, leaving the band to finish the tour as a trio.

Three live sets would follow in 2012 and 2016 respectively in the form of Marbles in the Moshpit, Live Vol. 2 and Let the End Begin... before releasing a second self-titled album in 2019 featuring Pat Bruders on bass.

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Nation USA
City Los Angeles, California
Genre Doom Metal
Formations 4
Active Years 1981-1991, 1992-1996, 2003, 2008-
Last Modified 2022-09-25
Diskery ID 2223


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