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At a time when the Southern California underground scene was overrun with hardcore punk bands, the Lomita-based quartet Saint Vitus submitted a musical statement that was diametrically opposed to prevailing trends. Though it represented everything punk rockers hated, the band’s shockingly slow take on Black Sabbath's blues-metal proved to be the beginning of a whole new genre: doom metal. “Zombie Hunger” and “The Psychopath” upended not just the tenets of punk rock but also the lightning tempos and theatricality of '80s heavy metal. Meanwhile, songs like “Burial at Sea” made even Sabbath look swishy by comparison. At its heart, Saint Vitus’ eponymous debut belongs to the tradition of the American garage band. There's no pretense to the playing, no added effects, no attempt to embody the image of rock gods. In what it refused to do, the young band was bold. Where other garage bands found inspiration in the teenage energy of the '60s, Saint Vitus dedicated its art to the near-comatose alienation of every small-town malcontented stoner.

Customer Reviews

Fu*k Yes!

These are the guys that influenced black flag to slow down, these guys are the masters of sludge music

Doom Mantia!

Pretty darn right doomy! 5 unique tracks that will really loop in your mind!


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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