Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
U.S. doom godfathers, the legendary SAINT VITUS, are set to issue their ninth studio album, the self-titled ‘Saint Vitus‘, on May 17th via Season of Mist.
The album art and other details of the highly anticipated offering from the iconic heavyweights are now revealed and here today. They also include the first single from the album, “12 Years In The Tomb“, which can be heard by means of an audio track video below.
The latest album from these Los Angeles, Californian masters of morosely downtrodden musicality is one that simultaneously embraces the band’s past, while also incorporating change and evolution. Most are aware that this record marks the return of original vocalist Scott Reagers, his first with the band since the landmark ‘Die Healing‘ from 24 years ago. His fourth album overall with SAINT VITUS, Reagers was there for the start of the band in 1979 and has participated in multiple stints with them throughout the years.
‘Saint Vitus‘ also stands as the band’s first album with new bassist, Pat Bruders (DOWN, ex-Crowbar), who stepped into the fold in 2016, after Mark Adams revealed he was battling Parkinson’s Disease. The first single shared from the album, “12 Years In The Tomb“, is a dense cut rife with waves of fuzz-heavy excess and the unmistakable, traditional SAINT VITUS sound. Of course, it contains a trademark, feedback-drenched, wiggling, weaving guitar solo that only Dave Chandler can craft!
02. A Prelude To…
04. 12 Years In The Tomb
06. Hour Glass
07. City Park
08. Last Breath
‘Saint Vitus‘ was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Stone Axe) at his HeavyHead Recording Co., and will arrive from Season Of Mist on May 17th. The album will be available on CD, LP, and Cassette formats and is now available to pre-order at the Season Of Mist webstore – or on the SAINT VITUS Bandcamp page.
In related news, SAINT VITUS will be touring Europe beginning in April, with Dopelord and Telepathy. The tour doubles as SAINT VITUS’ 40th-anniversary celebration. There are no upcoming U.S. dates announced yet, but hopefully, that will change soon. All announced dates are below.
Dave Chandler (guitar)
Scott Reagers (vocals)
Henry Vasquez (drums)
Pat Bruders (bass)
– SAINT VITUS 40th Anniversary / European Tour 2019 –
w/ Dopelord & Telepathy
Apr. 03 – Gothenburg (SE) @ Sticky Fingers
Apr. 04 – Stockholm (SE) @ Debaser Strand
Apr. 06 – Jyväskylä (FI) @ Lutakko
Apr. 07 – Helsinki (FI) @ On The Rocks
Apr. 09 – Oslo (NO) @ Bla
Apr. 10 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Pumpehuset
Apr. 11 – Berlin (DE) @ So36
Apr. 12 – Hamburg (DE) @ Headcrash
Apr. 13 – Bomal-Sur-Ourthe (BE) @ Durbuy Rock Festival
Apr. 14 – Dortmund (DE) @ Junkyard
Apr. 15 – Cologne (DE) @ Luxor
Apr. 17 – Birmingham (UK) @ Mama Roux
Apr. 18 – Leeds (UK) @ Brudenell
Apr. 19 – Glasgow (UK) @ Audio
Apr. 20 – London (UK) @ The Underworld
Apr. 21 – Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
Apr. 23 – Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
Apr. 24 – Toulouse (FR) @ Le Rex
Apr. 25 – Barcelona (ES) @ Boveda
Apr. 26 – Madrid (ES) @ Copernico
Apr. 27 – Barroselas (PT) @ SWR Metalfest
Apr. 28 – Bilbao (ES) @ Kafé Antzokia
Apr. 30 – Fribourg (CH) @ Fri-Son*
May 01 – Milan (IT) @ Circolo Magnolia
May 02 – Zürich (CH) @ Dynamo*
May 03 – Karlsruhe (DE) @ Dudefest
May 04 – Leipzig (DE) @ Utc Connewitz
* No DOPELORD