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Saint Vitus : Saint Vitus

When this first album from Saint Vitus came out on Henry Rollins' SST label, it was something of a shock for the whole metal community as it was totally opposite to what metal was about then, especially in the California scene (where Saint Vitus are from). At that time, thrash was in expansion and everybody tried to play faster than the others. Saint Vitus did not care for the scene, on the contrary they played the slowest possible.

The description of their sound could be long, slow, heavy songs with a huge, raw guitar sound of Dave Chandler. The solo's are peculiar as they are noisy, psychedelic with a lot of guitar effect and they are another trademark of Chandler's style. The accent of the songs lays on horror lyrics, which create a creepy atmosphere due to the radical change of Scott Reagers' vocals from theatrical to harsh screams.

The song names could give an idea of what the lyrics are about: 'White Magic/Black Magic', 'Zombie Hunger', 'The Psychopath'. The pace of the songs slows down as the album progresses. The opener 'Saint Vitus' is the fastest (maybe of everything they've done) and it sounds like an anthem of the band. And in the closer 'Burial At Sea' I can see their influence on many funereal doom bands around today. There is a little up tempo part in it reminding me of Celtic Frost. This album is certainly the rawest of their entire catalogue and it is a must for doom freaks and those interested in the roots of slow dirge-like doom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Saint Vitus
2. White Magic / Black Magic
3. Zombie Hunger
4. The Psychopath
5. Burial At Sea

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Baron-sam
Aesthetic Death
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