Saint Vitus: “Hallow’s Victim”

With a sound more like Black Sabbath than Black Flag, Saint Vitus wasn’t really a great fit for their label, LA-based hardcore/punk specialists SST. The band’s early albums (of which this is one) serve as the prototype for the “doom metal” subgenre that emerged in the ‘90s: murky guitars, plodding tempos, sword-and-sorcery-themed lyrics. True, it all seems played out now, but there was still some life left in it back in 1985. I remember being pretty enthusiastic about Saint Vitus for a while in high school; then they changed singers and I stopped caring about them.

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