SAINT VITUS will embark on an extensive European tour in celebration of their 35th band anniversary this autumn. To honour this occasion, the godfathers of American Doom Metal will perform all songs from the fan-favourite “Born Too Late”, which was originally released in the year 1986 as part of their show peppered with a host of classic hits. SAINT VITUS will be joined by British doomsters ORANGE GOBLIN and kick off their roadtrip in the beautiful Alsacian city of Colmar (FR) at the Le Grillen on the 9th of October and continue to rock Europe until a final stop at the Hammer of Doom Festival in Würzburg, Germany on November 15th. You can find a complete list of dates below:
09 Oct 14 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
10 Oct 14 Limoges (FR) CCM John Lennon
11 Oct 14 Barcelona (ES) Day of Doom
12 Oct 14 Madrid (ES) Shoko
13 Oct 14 Lisboa (PT) Rca Club
15 Oct 14 Bilbao (ES) Kafe Antzokia
16 Oct 14 Bordeaux (FR) Le Krakatoa
17 Oct 14 Genève (CH) L’usine
18 Oct 14 Mezzago (IT) Bloom Club
19 Oct 14 Roma (IT) Init Club
20 Oct 14 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv Club
21 Oct 14 Winterthur (CH) Salzhaus
22 Oct 14 München (DE) Backstage Halle
23 Oct 14 Saarbrücken (DE) Garage
24 Oct 14 Paris (FR) La Fleche d’Or
25 Oct 14 Tourcoing (FR) Le Grand Mix
26 Oct 14 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
28 Oct 14 Bristol (UK) The Fleece
29 Oct 14 London (UK) Heaven
30 Oct 14 Dublin (IE) Button Factory
31 Oct 14 Belfast (UK) Limelight 2
01 Nov 14 Leeds (UK) Damnation Festival
02 Nov 14 Holland (NL) Rotterdam (Dutch Doom Days)
03 Nov 14 Köln (DE) Luxor
04 Nov 14 Dresden (DE) Beatpol
05 Nov 14 Kraków (PL) Fabryka
06 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) SO36
07 Nov 14 Malmö (UK) Babel
08 Nov 14 Stockholm (UK) Debaser Strand
09 Nov 14 Oslo (NO) Parkteatret
11 Nov 14 Göteborg (UK) Sticky Fingers
12 Nov 14 Hamburg (DE) Knust / Grünspan
13 Nov 14 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof
14 Nov 14 Jena (DE) F-Haus
15 Nov 14 Würzburg (DE) Hammer of Doom
At first glance a bold statement such as calling SAINT VITUS the “godfathers of American Doom Metal” might appear to be weighing as heavy as this band sounds. Nonetheless this is simply the truth in this case.
The already legendary story of SAINT VITUS began in the year 1978, when guitarist Dave Chandler, together with Armando Acosta on drums and bass player Mark Adams, started rehearsing. After trying out two other singers, the band finally settled for vocalist Scott Reagers under the designation TYRANT. In August 1979 the quartet played their first show and in 1980 their name was finally changed to SAINT VITUS. Reportedly this move was inspired by the BLACK SABBATH song “St. Vitus’ Dance”, taken from the “Volume 4” album (1972).
The English founders of Heavy Metal were as much an influence on SAINT VITUS as US Hardcore Punk heroes BLACK FLAG. The latter’s leader Greg Ginn even signedSAINT VITUS on his label SST Records. After at least two years of local West Coast punk shows the band even embarked on their first tour with BLACK FLAG in December 1984.
The eponymous debut album “Saint Vitus” had been released in the same year and was quickly followed by the second full-length “Hallow’s Victim” (1985) and an EP entitled “The Walking Dead” (1985). With Thrash Metal on a furious rise, the ultra-heavy sound of SAINT VITUS was mainly enjoyed by connoisseurs of Doom and a dedicated underground following. This might have been one of the reasons for Scott Reagers to part from the band in 1986. His unexpected move turned out to be hardly a problem for the band as they recruited Scott “Wino” Weinrich from THE OBSESSED, who is considered as the ultimate voice of SAINT VITUS by a clear majority of their adherents.
When Scott Reagers left, Dave Chandler had already written most of “Born Too Late” (1986). Yet since nothing was recorded, SAINT VITUS simply waited until their new frontman Wino was comfortable with the new songs. This album gained the Americans growing attention in the Metal underground especially overseas. The anthemic title track is considered be one of the great Doom hymns by many fans.
The EP “Thirsty and Miserable” (1987) followed, which featured a BLACK FLAG cover version of the same name, but “Mournful Cries” (1988) was still going to be the last album for SST Records. All this hard work during the previous years started to pay off. With their aptly named fifth full-length “V” (1989) now released on the famous German Doom label Hellhound Records and the live recording “Live” coming out a year later, interest started to grow considerably, although at first in continental Europe, but soon after in England as well. Just as the horizon was brightening for the Godfathers of Doom, Wino decided to leave SAINT VITUS and reform THE OBSESSED in 1990, which turned out to be a serious blow.
Wino was first replaced by Christian Lindersson from Swedish musical and spiritual brothers COUNT RAVEN. With him at the microphone SAINT VITUS recorded “C.O.D.” (1992), which was produced by Don Dokken and gained high critical acclaim. Despite the warm welcome received, the band remained largely inactive after this release.
Two years later, SAINT VITUS reunited with their original singer Scott Reagers. This led to the again much applauded album “Die Healing” (1995), which was recorded in Berlin. It might have been the right time for the group to reap the harvest of all the amazing songs that they had sown, but due to severe health problems of Scott Reagers their European tour had to be prematurely ended and that seemed to be the end of the SAINT VITUS story for a long time, much to the dismay of their loyal and by then many followers.
It took until the year 2003 for a new sign of life, when SAINT VITUS returned shortly to the stage for only two concerts, one in Chicago and the other at the prominent With Full Force Festival in Germany. The classic line-up for these celebrated reunion shows consisted of Dave Chandler, Scott Weinrich, Mark Adams and Armando Acosta. Six years later, SAINT VITUS performed at the prestigious Roadburn Festival and embarked on a mini tour through Europe.
At the time nobody could have foreseen that April 29th, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany would mark Armando Acosta’s final performance with SAINT VITUS. After this last show in Europe the band returned to the States as planned. There Amando’s multiple serious health issues were continuing to take their toll on him, and with great sadness on November 25th, 2010 SAINT VITUS received the painful news that their longtime friend and band mate had passed away.
When SAINT VITUS played their massive show at Hellfest in France, the crowd witnessed a new member on the drum stool. Henry Vasquez, who had already joined Dave Chandler on his project DEBRIS INC. made his debut there and remained with the band from that day on.
In 2012, SAINT VITUS signed to Season of Mist, who proudly released “Lillie: F-65” in April. Seventeen years after their previous album and nine years after their reunion,SAINT VITUS were returning with a masterpiece that cemented their status as true icons of Doom. “Lillie: F-65” includes the trademark song writing style so beloved bySAINT VITUS fans: there is the cataclysmic and unmistakable guitar sound of co-founder Dave Chandler full of reverbs, feedbacks, flanger and apocalyptic distortion leading to amazing and magical solos. “Lillie: F-65” is furthermore graced with the deeply resonant vocals of Scott “Wino” Weinrich who had rejoined the fold to record an album with the band for the first time since the glorious “V” (1989) and whom many consider to be the classic SAINT VITUS vocalist.
In summer 2013, Season of Mist re-released the two SAINT VITUS milestones, “C.O.D.” and “Die Healing”, which gave the many new and young fans the band had assembled on their recent highly acclaimed world tours a fresh opportunity to discover these two often overlooked classics. 1992’s “C.O.D.” has been re-mastered and the new version includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original recording sessions. Both albums were also reissued in deluxe vinyl editions.
Dave Chandler: guitar
Scott “Wino” Weinrich: vocals
Mark Adams: bass
Henry Vasquez: drums