Before Venom came along to combine the sludgy, dark psychedelia of Black Sabbath with the aggression of punk, there was Los Angeles's Saint Vitus. Although clearly taking some cues from Tony Iommi in its guitar sound, Saint Vitus also cited Black Flag as an influence. (Anyone more than casually familiar with the latter knows those guys learned a thing or two from Sabbath, as well.) In the second half of the '80s, former Obsessed singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich joined the band, resulting in an especially fruitful period that yielded much of the classic Vitus oeuvre, including the 1986's Born Too Late. After an influential and somewhat turbulent career, the outfit split in 1996, only to reconvene in 2008. Saint Vitus's's recently released Lillie: F-65 is its first with Wino in over twenty years.
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