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Vital Remains

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Providence RI, United States (1989 – present)

Vital Remains is a band hailing from Providence, Rhode Island in 1989. Originally comprised of guitarists Paul Flynn and Tony Lazaro, vocalist Jeff Gruslin, bassist Tom Supkow, and drummer Chris Dupont, the group has been through several line-up changes and record labels over the years. A pair of demos (1989’s “Reduced to Ashes” and 1990’s “Excruciating Pain”) led to a contract with French label Thrash Records, who in turn released “The Black Mass” in 1991.

A pair of releases followed from the Peaceville label and released “Let Us Pray” in 1992 and “Into Cold Darkness” in 1995. Before moving to another French heavy metal label, Osmose Records, for the release of “Forever Underground” in 1997 and “Dawn of the Apocalypse” in 2000 which the band consider their heaviest album. Since “Dawn of the Apocalypse” album, the vocals were taken over by Glen Benton (frontman of the band Deicide), in 2001, although the lyrics are still written by the rest of the band. In 2003 the controversal album “Dechristianize” was released, causing protests from many Christian Activists and other critics because of its album art and aggressive ‘Anti-Christian’ lyrics.

Early 2007 saw the release of “Icons Of Evil” by Century Media, which features a cover that outraged many religious people.

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Scott Wily - Vocals (Zircon, Godless Rising)
“Gator” Collier - Bass (Legion Victorious)
Tony Lazaro - Rhythm Guitar

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  • BTsGraveland

    It is pretty criminal that Into Cold Darkness and Forever Underground have fallen into near-obscurity compared to Dechristianize and Icons of Evil, but it almost seems like that is what Tony wants, seeing as they never play any material pre-2003 anymore.

    Yesterday 5:59am Reply
  • nobledeath

    One of the most genious man in death metal history has gone. Now Dave Suzuki plays with Churchburn. I like when he still in this band.

    11 Jun 5:10pm Reply
  • octopuss22

    The play count of their albums here on last.fm could be very tricky. Definitely this is not a quality meter, since their absolute masterpieces - the first three albums + the also-very-good-but-not-that-much "Dawn Of The Apocalypse" combined have less scrobbles than "Dechristianize" itself. I am kinda amazed. The late Benton albums are not bad though, but they cannot be compared to the afore-mentioned albums.

    5 Jun 11:52am Reply
  • Mya_Kvlta

    Early VR 4 lyfe

    30 May 10:11am Reply
  • thyPPKERU

    FUCKING!

    2 May 1:59am Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    Does anyone know where the intro of Ceremony of the Seventh Circle is from?

    23 Apr 1:08pm Reply
  • Post-romantic

    Пацаны вообще ребята! За*бись, четко!

    15 Apr 7:37pm Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    серьезные ребята, только с длиной композиций частенько перебор

    9 Apr 5:14pm Reply
  • Katorevenge

    Great live though.

    6 Apr 12:22am Reply
  • Katorevenge

    I need to listen to Vital Remains again. I have Icons of Evil and I simply can't get into it. Hammer Down The Nails is the only half-decent song on there.

    28 Mar 5:18pm Reply
  • StormingWarfare

    First three albums is all you need from this band.

    20 Mar 9:58pm Reply
  • W1nterfell

    one of the very few bands that did not release a single bad album...

    16 Mar 12:06pm Reply
  • DiaboliVirtus

    Brutal Band of All Time

    22 Feb 8:35pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    So, upon listening to Dawn of the Apocalypse, it has the same overall structure as the two following albums, but they do it in a way that the songs don't really sound predictable. Not sure why that is, but they just manage to make these giant 8-9 minute affairs to be enthralling here. To think I once underestimated this album.

    17 Feb 1:32am Reply
  • versionfiv

    holy crap that guy has a shadowman avatar.

    7 Feb 8:50am Reply
  • jonowev

    Let Us Pray!!!

    5 Feb 11:00pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Dechristianize and Icons of Evil are both good albums, but they are rather bloated. The whole Chuck Schuldiner style of song writing where you play the song twice gets real old fast, especially when you stretch it out to 7-8 minutes. If the length on certain songs were shaved off a bit and the structures less predictable, they would be more exciting and interesting as a result.

    31 Jan 5:34am Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    band went to shit when Benton joined. yeah, I went there. [3]

    20 Jan 2:00am Reply
  • waarsnico

    @TheArtofShred88 I highly disagree...I wonder what you shot up in your veins when you commented that the albums were weak...

    7 Jan 8:01am Reply
  • versionfiv

    got any other nuggets of wisdom that haven't been known and spewed out by morons for over half a decade?

    5 Jan 10:14pm Reply
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