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LA doom titans Saint Vitus are over 36 years-strong and still bleeding black...

Saint Vitus have held a lofty position of respect in underground heavy rock for close to four decades. Coming from the same school as Trouble, they are also praised as one of the original instigators of doom metal. They have had an equally tumultuous career, while always doing things their own way. Signed to  Greg Ginn’s SST label in the eighties, along-side the likes of Ginn’s band Black Flag, they shared the hardcore punk ethos but instead steeped their songs of addiction, suffering and battle-weariness in a love of Sabbath and Blue Cheer.

Through the turmoil of personnel changes and re-formations Vitus have strived to improve by soaking-up new influences. Starting with respect for the ‘60s-‘70s rock forefathers, the decades have seen them interpret hardcore spirit and the greasy biker doom that Wino brought with him from The Obsessed, after joining and contributing vocals on their definitive album, Born To Late. Along the way Vitus have remained essential and inspired new bands from the realms of NOLA sludge and Maryland doom to psychedelic metal and stoner rock.

Desertfest is proud to celebrate Saint Vitus’ 37th year on this cursed earth. Founding members Dave Chandler and Mark Adams will be rounding-up the stallions with their classic guitar and bass interplay, and re-established original front man Scott Reagers will be aggravating the sadists with his prayers for the masses. It’s going to be a real war starter!

Words: Rich Sheppard