Saint Vitus
Born Too Late


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mart0001 USER (9 Reviews)
February 24th, 2007 | 84 replies | 15,332 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great (traditional) doom metal-album, certainly one of the best in the genre.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

In 1987, Saint Vitus released one of the best doom metal-albums ever made: Born Too Late. It sounds a lot like Black Sabbath, but still they managed to have an own sound. By the time of this album, Saint Vitus had the following members:

Scott "Wino" Weinrich - Vocals & Guitar
Dave Chandler - Guitar
Mark Adams - Bass
Armando Acosta - Drums

Review
The album starts with the title track Born Too Late, which is very slow (what would you expect on a doom metal-album?). It starts with some heavy guitar playing, and soon drums and bass enter. Then there's a great riff played, which is repeated. After a while, Wino starts singing. After he sung a verse, the riff is repeated again a few times. Then Wino starts singing a verse again. And this is a very memorable verse.

"They say I look like the living dead
They say I can't have much in my head
They say my songs are much too slow
But they don't know the things I know"


And indeed, their songs are very slow. But I really enjoy them. You don't have to play as fast as you can to make good music. Too bad the band never became popular. If only they were born earlier...

Then the main riff is repeated again, until Wino starts singing another verse. And then, a great guitar solo comes in. It's not a virtuoso guitar solo, but it really suits the song.
This song was my introduction to the band, and a very good one it was. This song really suits the band well, because they were indeed 'Born Too Late'.

The next song is Clear Windowpane, which is a lot faster than the title track. It's not really slow, but it's not fast either. It has a very catchy riff. It's the shortest song on the album, and also one of the best.

And now time for a slow song: Dying Inside. It starts with some guitar playing, and soon drums and bass enter. Then there's a riff played, which will be repeated over the whole song, similar to the title track. The song is about a guy who's addicted to alcohol and can't control his addiction. And thus he's losing all of his friends. In the middle of the song, there's a great guitar solo which really suits the song. Then the riff is repeated again. This is the longest song on the album and a great one.

There isn't anything else to say about this album, just give it a try if you like Black Sabbath or (traditional) doom metal. You won't be disappointed. The albums not only contains ultra-slow songs like Born Too Late, but also some faster, punkrock-like songs like Look Behind You.

Pros
+ Good combination of ultra-slow songs and some faster songs.
+ Wino's voice and lyrics, they really suit the music well.
+ Great guitar and bass sound.
+ Great riffs and guitar solos.

Cons
- You have to be in the mood for it, it's not something you can listen to at any moment.
- Some people may not like the ultra-slow, heavy sound of the band.

Recommended tracks
Born Too Late
Clear Windowpane
Look Behind You



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mart0001
February 24th 2007



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, my first review! I hope you like it!

Mart0001
March 31st 2007



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Does anyone have any thoughts on this album?

Unreal
May 31st 2007



229 Comments


the review was really mediocre it gave me not much of a great idea of the album if any, you should really look at other review to get an idea how to evaluate and analyse a song, and use different adjectives instead of great which dosnt give clear idea. Dont see this critism as trying to put you down but rather helping you for further reviews.
But otherwise i only just found out about this band today, and im really gettin into doom so i might check this out, thanx for an insight on the album anyways.
/Respect

cholocharlie
January 1st 2008



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i agree, black sabbath underwater in lead suits, alot slower, great doom album and band

Eliminator
February 18th 2008



2067 Comments


Yeah this album rules. It's probably a little bit longer than it should be but whatever.

Zoo
February 18th 2008



3759 Comments


Is this better than their debut? If it is, I think it's worth my time.

Eliminator
February 18th 2008



2067 Comments


Debut is better.

noisymugwump
June 14th 2009



103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's tough to decide between self titled and Born Too Late, but I usually fall on Wino's side. The format of this review is really weird by the way.

ImpendingSpoon321
October 24th 2010



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta love the black flag cover

DominionMM1
May 10th 2011



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had the pleasure of seeing these guys a little while back with Helmet, Crowbar, and Kylesa. Crowbar was the band I went to see, but these guys stole the show. Dave Chandler killed it.

Digging: Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



20036 Comments


I'm jealous, these guys rule.

Old school Doom FTW.

DominionMM1
May 10th 2011



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, they do.

subliminalnirvanaist
May 10th 2011



82 Comments


Been meaning to get this. Sounds like a cool album

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2011



20036 Comments


DOOOOOOOM

DoubtGin
May 11th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good

DominionMM1
May 11th 2011



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've decided that 'Dying Inside' is the greatest doom metal track ever. (With the obvious exception Black Sabbath's early catalogue).

Goatlord
July 29th 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wino!

SteelErectedb4you8er
July 29th 2011



2613 Comments


This shit is awesome!

DominionMM1
July 29th 2011



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slays for days!

Realm
September 4th 2011



2074 Comments


saint vitus rules so hard



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