SAINT VITUS - V - SOUTHERN LORD
No, this is not a new album, but a re-release of the 1990 album which originally appeared on the now-deceased German label Hellhound. Southern Lord has somehow discovered a 1986 video of the band and added it to this edition making it of more interest.
The band, here with Scott Weinrich on mike, could hardly play any slower than on this album. The excruciation takes on added meaning given the vocals, music and the speed at which these tunes crawl. Massive amounts of distortion, paranoia, psychedelia and god-fearing discharge make some songs quintessentially doom metal, but others like the vain When Emotion Dies with its female backing vocals or the light-headed Jack Frost end up not going anywhere in particular. The latter song is damn long for no reason other than a spaced-out cacophony of feedback.
Whatever the case, the Sabs influenced this lot and this lot influenced a bunch of others and so goes the story of Saint Vitus, no longer a young lad. - Ali "The Metallian"