Last night, the superb lineup of SAINT VITUS, WEEDEATER, SOURVEIN, and SPLITH invaded the beautiful Bootleg Theater in Echo Park/Silver Lake adjacent. The rear theater room was opened for the night’s serving of doom — a good thing thanks to it being a larger space and having better sound. The front bar area, meanwhile, made for a fine drinking and socializing area. Few other venues such an optimal set up — smoking patios don’t count.
Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, the reformed SPLITH, which features renowned producer Billy Anderson, and SOURVEIN, who I’ve been wanting to see for some while, had already played.

WEEDEATER‘s set was expectedly pummeling, rattling with loads of low end. Vocalist and bassist Dixie Dave stomped and shook like a crazy man while his raspy bark competed with the thundering low frequencies. Three different drummers took to the kit throughout the set, and MONDO GENERATOR‘s Nick Oliveri was spotted up front entranced by WEEDEATER‘s sludge power.

The heavy got heavier. SAINT VITUS followed, delivering thick riffs in a subdued yet commanding manner. Wino and guitarist Dave Chandler commanded the audience through their long grey hairs and mastery of doom. Heads banged in approval as SAINT VITUS stamped their sound into the Bootleg audience, young and old.

Check out a clip by opeth44 of SAINT VITUS playing “The Troll“…

Final List of Confirmed Bands for Maryland Death Fest X

The final list of bands confirmed to play next year’s Maryland Death Fest X has been announced. Headliner acts include GODFLESH, MORBID ANGEL, ELECTRIC WIZARD, NAPALM DEATH, AUTOPSY, and SAINT VITUS. The full roster can be viewed here.

The event will take place May 24-27, 2012 at Club Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 26, 2011. They can be purchased here:

BLACK TUSK, ZOROASTER and SAINT VITUS, STONE AXE to Rock Sunset Strip’s The Viper Room

In the coming weeks, The Viper Room on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA is (once again) set to host some metal courtesy of BLACK TUSK, ZOROASTER, SAINT VITUS, STONE AXE, and more. It’s always a good sign to see the diverse and legendary venue bring in some quality metal bands. Show info and tickets below:

June 24th, 2010

June 29th, 2010
Church of the 8th Day presents
SAINT VITUS (headliner)
STONE AXE (support)

Doom Legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich Working on Solo Album

Legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich (SAINT VITUS, OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PLACE OF SKULLS, THE HIDDEN HAND) has announced plans for his first solo album.

Assisting Wino will on the album will be Jean-Paul Gaster (CLUTCH) on drums and Jon Blank (REZ N) on bass. The album will be called Punctuated Equilibrium and tracks are currently being layed down with J. Robbins (producer of the HIDDEN HAND‘s Mother Teacher Destroyer) in Maryland. Wino is really excited about the results so far and said: “Punctuated Equilibrium will bring my career into focus.” Stay tuned for more info regarding this incredible album!