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Dave Chandler of St. Vitus on the band's early days at SST and what inspired the reunion

St. Vitus (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) were one of the pioneers of a style of music that took its direct inspiration from the first four, maybe even the first six, Black Sabbath albums. The band's aggressive guitar work flirted with psychedelia but was too heavy to ever be considered a psychedelic rock band.

Needless to say, St. Vitus never fit in with the metal scene at the time, which was rife with acts with sartorial affectations from Aerosmith and bands like Slade and The New York Dolls. And so the group instead became involved with the then hardcore scene sharing tours with Black Flag and SST putting out its first handful of releases.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.