American doom metal godfathers SAINT VITUS are now streaming “Useless,”the third new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Saint Vitus.’ The record is set for worldwide release on May 17. “Useless” can be heard below.
SAINT VITUS are in the middle of their previously announced European tour. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below. The band is supported by DOPELORD on the road.
SAINT VITUS tour:
04/19: Glasgow (UK) @ Audio
04/20: London (UK) @ The Underworld
04/21: Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
04/23: Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
04/24: Toulouse (FR) @ Le Rex
04/25: Barcelona (ES) @ Boveda
04/26: Madrid (ES) @ Copernico
04/27: Barroselas (PT) @ Swr Metalfest
04/28: Bilbao (ES) @ Kafé Antzokia
04/30: Fribourg (CH) @ Fri-Son*
05/01: Milan (IT) @ Circolo Magnolia
05/02: Zürich (CH) @ Dynamo*
05/03: Karlsruhe (DE) @ Dudefest
05/04: Leipzig (DE) @ Utc Connewitz
* No Dopelord
1. Remains (6:23)
2. A Prelude to… (3:20)
3. Bloodshed (3:04)
4. 12 Years In The Tomb (5:24)
5. Wormhole (5:22)
6. Hour Glass (5:23)
7. City Park (4:01)
8. Last Breath (6:38)
9. Useless (1:32)
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 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). 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.