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Saint Vitus, Weedeater, Sourvein 

When: Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $12.50-15

On the surface, it's a bit counterintuitive to imagine Saint Vitus, or their East Coast doom brethren The Obsessed, as a seminal influence on the mid-'80s punk-metal crossover. Vitus' riffs are lethargic and glowering, the spitting image of Black Sabbath. In fact, the Sabbath worship extends even to the band's name, which recalls a medieval martyr and a song on Black Sabbath's Vol. 4. But the Southern California doom crew's long-haired, slow-burning metal found a niche parallel to Black Flag: They released their albums on Flag guitarist Greg Ginn's SST label and even bested that band's own "Thirsty and Miserable" with a laborious, ghastly rendition that plays more like an ominous warning than the Henry Rollins-led berating of the original. Founding guitarist Dave Chandler and singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich, an ageless Ozzy/ Iommi coupling, reunited for this year's Lillie: F-65 and this tour, their first since 1993. Opening are the band's Carolina-raised progeny: Sourvein and Weedeater, two acts that further mutate Vitus' slow thunder with swampy scuzz. —Bryan C. Reed

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