Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus Band 2019.jpg
Saint Vitus circa 2019.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Doom Metal
Years active 1978 - 1979 (As Tyrant),
1979 - 1996,
2008 - Present
Labels Hellhound Records, Southern Lord Records, SST Records, Season of Mist
Associated acts The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand, Debris Inc., Blood of the Sun, Lord Vicar, Spirit Caravan, Shrinebuilder, Premonition 13, Count Raven, Outlaw Order, Down, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Gasmiasma, Dirty Rig
Website Official Website
Current members Scott Reagers
Dave Chandler
Patrick Bruders
Henry Vasquez
Past members Scott Weinrich
Armando Acosta
Christian Linderson
Mark Adams

Saint Vitus are a doom metal band originally from Los Angeles, California with members currently residing in California and New Orleans. Forming in 1979, the band has been regarded and credited as one of the first bands of the genre along with Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Trouble and Pagan Altar. Vitus are also well-known for their distinctive guitar tone and differing era of singers complimenting dark lyrics. They have released eight studio albums to date. Although Saint Vitus never achieved a popular breakthrough, the band is considered very influential within the doom and sludge metal subgenres.

The band's name is said to have come from the Black Sabbath song "St. Vitus Dance".

History[edit | edit source]

Initial Lineup with Scott Reagers (1978 - 1985)[edit | edit source]

The original lineup in the early 80s.

The band was formed in 1979 under the name Tyrant, with the lineup of Chandler (Guitar, Vocals), Adams (Bass) and Acosta (Drums) before Scott Reagers joined on as vocalist. From there, they changed their name to Saint Vitus in 1980 after the Black Sabbath song St. Vitus Dance and as a means to not "deal with the satanic bullshit at the time".[1] Their main influences were Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Blue Cheer and Black Flag, the latter of which Saint Vitus would tour with during the 1980s. The band would play their first live show in August 1979. Greg Ginn of Black Flag would sign the band to SST, a label that typically had hardcore punk bands.

The original lineup would take recordings in 1982 and release them as Saint Vitus in 1984 with a follow-up album and EP in Hallow's Victim and The Walking Dead in 1985. The band toured with Black Flag in December 1984 to hostile audiences but by the time they toured again in '85 they won a lot of crowds over.

At some point in 1985, the band got word of Scott Weinrich via The Obsessed through tape trading. At a show in D.C. the band met Weinrich who gave them money and gas for food to which at that point Reagers asked him if he'd be the new singer. Meanwhile, Reagers had been meaning to get out of the band, mainly citing personal responsibilities and an accident where Reagers was left behind at a bus stop. The band would do a handful more shows with Reagers with Chandler finishing the tour on vocals. Some of his last performances with the band at this point had him doing new songs such as "The War Starter" and "H.A.A.G." while writing a song called "Born Too Late" with Chandler.[2]

Scott "Wino" Weinrich era (1986 - 1991)[edit | edit source]

After the dissolution of The Obsessed, Wino would move to L.A. and join the band in early 1986, with his first performance with the band being on 16 May that year at the Palm Springs Community Center alongside Across The River. Around the same time that year the band would record their third album (and first with Wino), releasing Born Too Late in October. This record has proven to be a seminal record in the makings of doom metal and the title track an iconic Vitus song. The band would tour in support of the album in 1986. As a nod to Black Flag and the band that got their start on the road, they would cover one of their songs and release it as the Thirsty and Miserable EP in 1987.

The band's fourth album Mournful Cries would follow in 1988, proving to be their final release with SST Records. Learning of an overseas fanbase, Vitus would sign with German label Hellhound Records. The band would tour Europe for the first known time in 1989 and follow-up with a tour of the country again in 1990. In the meantime the band released their fifth album V and their first live album Live in 1990.

When Hellhound released the first album by The Obsessed, Wino would choose to leave the group to reform the band with Scott Reeder and Greg Rogers. SST would also release a "best-of" compilation entitled Heavier Than Thou in 1991.

C.O.D., Die Healing and Breakup (1992 - 1995)[edit | edit source]

Saint Vitus would recruit Count Raven vocalist Christian "Chritus" Linderson in 1992 and record their sixth album C.O.D. (Or Children of Doom). The band would tour Europe in 1992 and the southeast USA in 1993 with Internal Void. Chritus would be replaced by original singer Scott Reagers in 1994. Personal issues weighed on the band so the band expressed an interest in doing one final album. Vitus would fly to Berlin to record their seventh album and play one intimate show in between the recording sessions. The band would tour Europe in 1995 (With Reagers' first tour overseas) as Die Healing was released that same year, an album Chandler personally cites as one of his finest efforts. Saint Vitus would then break up in 1996 due to internal conflicts. Reagers and Adams would quit the music scene. Acosta would remain active with various bands. Chandler would also stay out of the music business until Ron Holzner convinced him to form a new band in 2001: Debris Inc..

Reunions (2003, 2009)[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Debris Inc. would perform at Wacken Open Air and play two Saint Vitus songs (Dying Inside and Born Too Late) to close out their set to a positive reaction. In an interview with Westword, Dave Chandler would speak about how this performance would lead to the 2003 reunion shows:

“I was in a band with Ron Holzner, the former bassist of Trouble, called Debris Inc. We did the Wacken Open Air festival in 2002, and we were doing, for the last two songs, "Dying Inside" and "Born Too Late." I was tripping out because I'd never done a festival before. All these people, all these years later -- and a lot of them were really young -- were singing the words.

All kinds of people asked me, "Hey, why don't you guys get back together." And I thought that I would like for Armando Acosta and Mark Adams to see what I saw. The only problem would be if Wino could do it with all the bands he's in, but he said it would be no problem. We flew out to Chicago, rehearsed for a couple of days, then went over to Wacken and did that. The response was pretty good, and so we're still doing it.”

— Dave Chandler, Westword [3]

The lineup of Chandler, Adams, Acosta and Wino would perform at the Double Door in Chicago on 1 July 2003 with a following appearance at the With Full Force Festival in Germany on 5 July 2003. This reunion was intended to be a one-off as Chandler went back to Debris Inc. until that band "stopped being fun" and dissolved in 2005.

Southern Lord Records would reissue V and Live on CD and vinyl in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Saint Vitus would reform in 2008 after the dissolution of Debris Inc. along with an offer to perform at the 2009 edition of Roadburn Festival with the same lineup as the 2003 reunion. While drummer Armando Acosta performed the Roadburn set with Vitus, he would be dismissed from the band afterwards due to ongoing health issues. Blood of the Sun drummer Henry Vasquez would serve as his replacement, his first performance with the band at the 2009 edition of Hellfest. The band also performed three dates in Germany, Hellfest and a short tour of the United States that year.

Lillie: F-65 (2010 - 2014)[edit | edit source]

In February 2010, Chandler stated that there was talk of Saint Vitus recording new material, but there were no concrete plans at the time.[4] However, according to frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich, "we're writing some stuff right now. Everybody's pretty busy. I know I've been busy. The Wino band is pretty much on hiatus right now. So it looks like we'll be doing some recording in the near future. The bottom line is we would like to do a new record. There's talk about it. We've already been floating around a couple ideas. So yeah, somewhere down the line there will be a new Vitus record in the cards." In March 2010, Wino revealed to the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine that Saint Vitus were without a record label, and had only written one new song so far, but that a full-length studio effort from the group would likely surface within the next 12 months at the time. In the meantime, the band toured Europe and the United States throughout 2010. SST would push reissues of the first four albums including a CD compilation entitled Hallow's Victim/The Walking Dead, neither of which had seen a CD release previously.

On 25 November 2010 founding member Armando Acosta died of arterial complications, aged 58. Saint Vitus' tour of Europe that December was dedicated in his memory.[5]

Saint Vitus toured the United States in 2011 with Helmet and Crowbar in what was known as Metalliance, their first full US tour since 1993. The band would debut a new song on this tour entitled "Blessed Night" and begin work on a new album once the tour ended.

On 27 April 2012 the band released Lillie: F-65, their first album in 17 years and their first to feature Wino in 22 years. The band would tour heavily in support of the album throughout North America, Europe and for the first time (2013) in Australia. Season of Mist would re-issue C.O.D. and Die Healing on CD and Vinyl.

In 2014, Saint Vitus would tour North America (With Sons of Huns) and Europe (With Orange Goblin) for their 35th Anniversary tour. As a special bonus, the band would perform Born Too Late in it's entirety. On 9 November during the European leg, Wino would be arrested and deported from Norway for drug possession. [6] This would force Dave Chandler and various guest vocalists to fill in for the remaining dates and Wino would later issue an apology to the fans.[7]

The Return of Scott Reagers (2015 - Present)[edit | edit source]

On 23 February 2015 the band would announce a tour of Europe with original vocalist Scott Reagers, his first full shows and tour in 20 years.[8] The band would mainly play material from the first two albums and Die Healing along with the song "Born Too Late". A tour of North America with Witch Mountain and The Skull followed the next year along with a string of European festival performances.

Season of Mist would release Live Vol. 2 on 23 September 2016, featuring Wino on vocals at a 2013 live performance in Luxembourg. Saint Vitus would follow into 2017 with two tours of Europe and appearances at all four editions of DesertFest that year. As of 2016 original bassist Mark Adams has left the group for health-related reasons. This would be later revealed in 2018 to be Parkinson's Disease, to which Chandler held benefit pages to support his bandmate.[9]

Patrick Bruders has since taken over as bassist starting with his performance at the 2016 Hammer of Doom Festival. On the fall 2017 tour it was announced that the band had a new studio album in the works with Scott Reagers on vocals and have recently placed a new song entitled "Bloodshed" into their live sets. Saint Vitus would take a year off touring to concentrate on the next album, which would be recorded in November. On 27 February 2019 the band would announce their ninth album titled Saint Vitus. This second self-titled album would be released on 17 May 2019 via Season of Mist. Notably it's their first album with Patrick Bruders, their first album after a seven-year gap and the first to feature original singer Scott Reagers in nearly 25 years. The band also released a single entitled "12 Years in the Tomb".[10] Saint Vitus would tour Europe with Dopelord to support the album's release that April.

Discography[edit | edit source]


Saint Vitus - "War Is Our Destiny" (1985) promo


Saint Vitus - Fear (Great Quality)


Saint Vitus - One mind (Official clip 1995)


Saint Vitus - Reunion 2003 (Full Concert)


Saint Vitus-Let Them Fall-Sub

Studio Albums[edit | edit source]

Live Albums[edit | edit source]

EPs[edit | edit source]

Singles[edit | edit source]

  • War Is Our Destiny (1985, SST)
  • Saint Vitus / Born Too Late (2011, Volcom)
  • Blessed Night/Look Behind You (2012, Season of Mist)
  • The Waste of Time/Get Off My Back (Split with The Casualties) (2013, Scion A/V)

Compilations[edit | edit source]

  • Heavier Than Thou (1991, SST)
  • The Walking Dead/Hallow's Victim (2010, SST)

Members[edit | edit source]

Current Members[edit | edit source]

Former Members[edit | edit source]

Tours[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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V·T·E Saint Vitus
Current Members Dave ChandlerScott ReagersHenry VasquezPat Bruders
Past Members Mark AdamsArmando AcostaScott WeinrichChristian Linderson
Studio Albums Saint VitusHallow's VictimBorn Too LateMournful CriesVC.O.D.Die HealingLillie: F-65Saint Vitus
Extended Plays The Walking DeadThirsty and MiserableSaint Vitus / Born Too LateSaint Vitus Live
Compilation Albums Heavier Than ThouThe Walking Dead / Hallow's Victim
Live Albums LiveReunion 2003 - Live in ChicagoMarbles in the MoshpitLive Vol. 2Let The End Begin
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. The ObsessedSpirit CaravanThe Hidden HandShrinebuilderDebris Inc.Debris Inc. (Album)Blood of the SunLord VicarCount RavenOutlaw OrderDownCrowbar
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