FALL INTO DARKNESS: SAINT VITUS, WEEDEATER, SOURVEIN, EPHEMEROS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Another of the countless reasons why metal is the greatest form of musical expression on earth is that there is no need for a changing of the guard. Old bands are always relevant, even if what they are presently producing could slip anywhere into their discography. Lillie: F-65, the most recent slab from Saint Vitus, has the same crawling, stripped-down doom fans have been hearing since 1984. Dave Chandler's licks, tone, and depraved lyrics are spot on, and Scott "Wino" Weinrich's voice hasn't aged a smidge. The fact that Vitus hasn't changed or evolved much in their time doesn't make Lillie bad or boring, and it doesn't mean that bands like Weedeater, Sourvein, and Ephemeros don't still owe them a debt of gratitude, it just means Vitus has still got it. They may have been born some time ago, but thankfully they are still here standing proud with future generations of doom. ARIS WALES Also see My, What a Busy Week!