Saint Vitus Hallow's Victim on LP
Saint Vitus is a highly influential American doom metal band from Los Angeles. They have been regarded as one of the first bands of the genre, starting out as early as the late 1970s, along with Pentagram and Trouble. For most of their career, the band comprised vocalist Scott Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Armando Acosta. After breaking up in 1996, Saint Vitus briefly reunited for a tour in 2003, and are back together again as of 2008.
The band was formed in 1979 under the name Tyrant, with Scott Reagers (vocals), Dave Chandler (guitar), Mark Adams (bass), and Armando Acosta (drums), but soon changed their name to Saint Vitus after the song "St. Vitus' Dance" by Black Sabbath. Their main influences were Sabbath and Black Flag, the latter of which Saint Vitus toured with during the 1980's. Under this line-up, Saint Vitus recorded 2 albums (Saint Vitus and Hallow's Victim) and an EP (The Walking Dead).
After The Walking Dead Reagers left the band and was replaced by The Obsessed frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich (at this time, The Obsessed had only released one 7"). Wino recorded three studio albums (Born Too Late, Mournful Cries and V), a live album (Live), and an EP (Thirsty and Miserable, featuring the Black Flag cover of the same name) with Vitus. Weinrich left Saint Vitus in 1991 to reform The Obsessed after Vitus's label, Hellhound Records, released an album of older Obsessed recordings.
1985's Hallow's Victim (SST Records) is the second full-length from Saint Vitus and last with original singer Scott Reagers until he rejoined the group for 1995's Die Healing. The hard-driving, high-energy 7-song set kicks things off with the iconic "War Is Our Destiny" and keeps the pedal to the metal on the relentless anthems "White Stallions" and "The Sadist."
Saint Vitus Hallow's Victim Track Listing:
1. War Is Our Destiny
2. White Stallions
3. Mystic Lady
4. Hallow's Victim
5. The Sadist
6. Just Friends (Empty Love)
7. Prayer for the (M)Asses