Taking both its name (“St. Vitus Dance”) and slow, heavy sound directly from the gospel of Black Sabbath, California’s Saint Vitus rose to recognition in the early 1980s by pioneering the monolithic doom-metal aesthetic. The band, initially fronted by vocalist Scott Reagers, also had the distinction of bridging the then-wide divide between metal and punk by signing with Black Flag’s SST Records. Later years brought the arrival of singer/guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, and, although the group slowed down and eventually split in the ‘90s, it would re-form at various times, alternately with Reagers or Weinrich.
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