ST. VITUS (1979–95). Scott Reagers (vocals, replaced by Scott “Wino” Weinriech, Christian Lindersson, then Reagers), Dave Chandler (suitar), Mark Adams (bass), Armando Acosta (drums).
St. Vitus were a sludge metal band, sometimes categorized as an early doom metal band, with connections to the punk scene, mainly through their affiliation with the legendary SST punk label led by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn. St. Vitus were probably named after the Black Sabbath song but may also have been a reference to the spastic disease-inspired dance from the Middle Ages. The band also toured extensively with punk bands such as Black Flag, leading to an interesting intermingling of audiences. The band gained an extra dose of power with the addition of former Obsessed guitarist Wino, who replaced original vocalist Reagers for the Born Too Late record.
Despite their popularity in the underground punk and metal scenes, St. Vitus never seemed to make an impact on the metal world and broke up for good in 1995, after a reunion of the original lineup with Reagles singing for the Die Healing record. Recently the albums were remastered and rereleased by Southern Lord Records, a label that knows a good slow doom band when they hear it. Despite their alliance with SST and Wino’s acclaim in the underground and stoner metal communities, St. Vitus was a criminally neglected band and is ripe for discovery. The SST records are all worth buying, especially the ones with Wino.
Discography: St. Vitus (SST, 1984); Hallow’s Victim (SST, 1985); Born Too Late (SST, 1986); Mournful Cries (SST, 1988); V (Roadrunner, 1990); COD (Nuclear Blast, 1992); Die Healing (Hellhound, 1995); Little Motor Mouth (Black Market Music, 2001); Live (Southern Lord Records, 2005).