From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
It’s always a shame when death is a factor in choosing which band to cover for Sunday Old School, but after the tragic death of drummer Armando Acosta, it seems only right we remember his work with Saint Vitus, one of the first and most influential bands in doom metal. The band was formed in 1979 by Acosta, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and lead singer Scott Reagers under the name, Tyrant but changed their name shortly after to Saint Vitus a Black Sabbath song. The band were eventually offered a record deal from SST Records, which was run by hardcore legends Black Flag, another of the group’s biggest influences and they released their self-titled first album in 1984 before following it with a second album, "Hallow’s Victim" and an EP, "The Walking Dead" in 1985.
Following these releases, Reagers decided to leave the band and Saint Vitus recruited The Obsessed frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich. The first record with Weinrich was the full length album, "Born Too Late," which became the group’s best selling release to date. Although their next album, "Mournful Cries" didn’t sell as well as their previous album, it still garnered positive reviews from fans and critics. The band parted ways with SST Records soon afterwards and signed with Hellhound Records, through which they released the album, "V" in 1989. The album would prove to be the last studio recording with Wino to date, as he decided to leave the band following the release of a live album to reform The Obsessed in 1991. A new singer was found in Count Raven frontman Christian Lindersson but he would only record one album with Saint Vitus, 1993’s, "C.O.D." Following the tour in support of the album, Lindersson was replaced by the group’s original singer Scott Reagers, with whom they recorded one more album, "Die Healing," before deciding to call it a day in 1996.
In 2003, the "Born Too Late" incarnation of the band decided to get back together and perform some live shows, but they made it clear that it was not going to be a permanent reunion, and disbanded once again before the year was over, releasing a live DVD from the tour in the process. A more promising reformation would happen in 2008 however, when the band announced that they were returning and eventually confessed that new material was being written. Once again, this reformation featured the "Born Too Late" lineup and they were able to perform at some of the biggest festivals in Europe such as Roadburn and Hellfest. However in 2009, Acosta parted ways with the band due to health concerns and was replaced by Blood Of The Sun drummer Henry Vasquez. Acosta passed away on November 25th of this year, leaving behind a great legacy of heavy metal and carving himself a place as one of the most respected drummers in the history of doom metal. A new Saint Vitus album is expected to surface sometime next year, which will be their first without Acosta. More...
Former TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson has issued the following statement about the passing of original Saint Vitus drummer Armando Acosta:
"Sadly, it has been confirmed that the original drummer for Saint Vitus, Armando Acosta, passed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58. I had scheduled an interview with Henry Vasquez (current Saint Vitus drummer) for this Monday's show before anyone had known of the passing. Therefore, this Monday's (December 6th) edition will be a memorial for the late Armando Acosta. The interview with Vasquez will be re-scheduled for a later date."
"Armando was one of my dear friends from Saint Vitus. The last time I saw Armando was when he ate dinner at my house after a Saint Vitus show in Chicago. He had a very kind heart and was funny. I'm saddened by this news. He will be very missed by so many. May he rest in peace."
"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's website. The encore runs on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.
American doom metal legends Saint Vitus has begun writing material for a new studio album, according to frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich. In a recent interview with KTYU he was asked:
KTVU.com Any chance we’ll hear new material at this show or will you wait until its already in the can?
Weinrich: We really haven’t had all that much time to get together and do that. Vitus has a lot of material. We’ll play the gamut of stuff. People seem like right now they want to hear the older stuff. And since it’s been so long since we’ve played there, I think we’ll probably just be playing stuff from our catalog. But I think very soon, probably next year at this time, we should probably have some new stuff.
Read the full article at KTYU.com.
Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.
Orange Goblin has issued the following statement about changing the date and venue for their February show alongside Saint Vitus:
"Please note that the Saint Vitus and Orange Goblin show that was scheduled to take place at The Scala, London on Wednesday 10th February 2010, has now been changed. The show will now take place at The Islington Academy, London, on Wednseday 3rd February 2010. Saint Vitus will headline on what will be their first and ONLY show in the UK for 20 years. Orange Goblin will appear as special guests for this show only. Opening at Islington Academy will be Centurions Ghost who are supporting Saint Vitus on the rest of the tour."
Doom metal act Saint Vitus have announced they will be touring Europe in early 2010. Orange Goblin will be performing as special guests for the London stop of the tour at The Scala on February 10th. Orange Goblin's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:
11/14 2009 Concorde II Brighton, UK
11/28 2009 The Roadhouse Manchester, UK
12/19 2009 The Scala London, England
1/16 2010 An Club, Athens, Greece
2/10 2010 The Scala w/ SAINT VITUS London, UK
3/13 2010 Hammerfest II Prestatyn, North Wales, UK
SHRINEBUILDER has announced several US shows in November. The confirmed shows are currently as follows:
11/14 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL (8 PM and 11 PM performances)
11/15 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
The upcoming debut album from the band will be released on Neurot Recordings this October. More...
Saviours has issued the following post tour update:
"Just got back from tour. Much thanks to Skeletonwitch, Trap Them, Sourvein, Clutch everyone who participated in putting together the shows and most importantly all who came out and partied with us. We had a killer time and really appreciate all the support."
”We will be back in NYC this weekend to play with DINOSAUR JR. in Central Park. The show is free but its recommended to show up around 1pm if you want to see our set at 3pm.” More...
California doom metallers Saint Vitus have announced the following three U.S. tour dates:
10/16 Club Europa Brooklyn, New York
10/17 Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
10/18 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
British doom metallers Orange Goblin has posted the following message online:
" Orange Goblin will be appearing at next years Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland on Thursday 23rd April and the performance will be being recorded for a limited edition, vinyl only live album.
The festival lasts for 4 days until Sunday 26th April and other bands due to appear include Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Amon Duul II, Ufomammut, Wino, Colour Haze, Neurosis, Om, Solace, Negura Bunget, Motorpsycho, Skullflower and many many more still to be announced!!!"
Legendary guitarist: Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Place of Skulls, The Hidden Hand) has an album's worth of “solo” recordings in the works. Assisting Wino will on the album will be Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums and Jon Blank (Rez n) on bass. The album will be called: “Punctuated Equilibrium” and tracks are currently being layed down with J. Robbins (producer of the Hidden Hands: “Mother Teacher Destroyer”) in Maryland. Wino is really excited about the results so far and said: “Punctuated Equilibrium” will bring my career into focus.” More information on the album will be forthcoming.
Former Saint Vitus guitarist Dave Chandler and ex-Trouble bassist Ron Holzner have teamed up in Debris Inc. Their self-titled, debut album is released by Rise Above on April 4.
Southern Lord Records will shortly be re-releasing the classic Saint Vitus album 'V'. The album "features the classic doom anthem: 'I Bleed Black' and the mid-tempo stomp of the often-covered 'Angry Man'," according to an official Southern Lord press release. "The production is raw, pure and primitive, the dying embodiment of DOOM.
"Besides the classic album we have added a bonus video of Wino's very first show with VITUS! It's not just one song it's the entire show!! The LP version packaging is stunning and adheres to the strict vinyl-quality Southern Lord releases are known for. It is limited to 1,000 copies. This new and doomed version of 'V' is an essential chapter in metal history."