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While Saint Vitus maintained the concept it had followed since its beginning—a malevolent and uniquely American interpretation of Black Sabbath’s slow blues—1986’s Born Too Late was an artistic breakthrough for the foursome. The addition of singer Scott “Wino” Weinrich gave the band a gravitas and a focus that'd been missing in its early work. Wino didn’t sing like a teenager in a garage—he was a full-throated Viking. His leadership raised the band’s standard and made Born Too Late its most popular work to date. St. Vitus no longer sounded like a mere imitation of Sabbath but rather developed its own forms with the bluesy swing of “Thirsty and Miserable,” the throttling down-stomp of “Clear Windowpane,” and the hushed menace of “The Lost Feeling.” The crown jewel here is the title track, which functions not only as a great opener but an existential declaration: “I know I don't belong/And there's nothing that I can do/I was born too late/And I'll never be like you.”

Customer Reviews


These men are the true carriers of the lead. I saw them many times in LA in the 80's in real small places, mostly punk crowds. The black flag crew appreciated them and tracks like Thirsty and Miserable prove it- henry rollins belted that out on one of his earlier albums. Anyhow- nothing was heavier than a vitus show - especially in LA at the time - when punk was dying and big hair rock was slowly taking over - Vitus made a last stand and made me a better man for not going to the rainbow room and wear eye make up.

Retro sans Contrivance

Saint Vitus is essential listening for anyone that remotely appreciates doom metal. Listening to this stuff is like wading through a tar pit while you're stoned, and I mean that in the best way possible. The riffs are slow and heavy, the solos are noisy flashes of wah-pedal induced madness, and the whole affair lumbers about in a lugubrious drug-induced haze.

One of the Classics

For those of you getting into the Doom Metal scene, this is one of the early essentials. Their self-titled debut from '84 isn't on the ITMS at this point, but you have to get it!!!! ~Impaler


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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...
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