|Origin||Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|Associated Acts||Deicide, Incantation|
Created in 1988 by guitarist Paul Flynn, Vital Remains' first line-up consisted of guitarist Butch Machado, vocalist Mike Flynn, bassist Tom Supkow, and drummer Chris Dupont. Searching for better musicians, they added guitarist Tony Lazaro and vocalist Jeff Gruslin to the band. From there the band became a driving force in the local death metal scene. Lazaro and Flynn shared the writing duties in these early days.
Soon after their formation, the band released a pair of demos (1989's Reduced to Ashes and 1990's Excruciating Pain) which led to a contract with French label Thrash Records, who in turn released the single The Black Mass in 1991. Shortly after the release of the single, which proved to be the band's first and only release with the label, the band signed to Peaceville's subsidiary, Deaf Records. A pair of releases followed for the Peaceville label, 1992's Let Us Pray and 1995's Into Cold Darkness. However, after poor distribution and a lack of promotion from the label, the band requested that their contract be dissolved. At this stage, in 1997, the band's founder, Paul Flynn left Vital Remains. After a ten year hiatus he would return to the scene, and go on to found Godless Rising, an old school death metal band with original vocalist Jeff Gruslin. They quickly signed to Pathos Productions for a self-funded demo release, from that they were offered a full deal with Moribund Records out of Seattle, Washington. Due to the financial hardships and lack of support from other members, Paul would leave this project also.
Two years later the band signed a two-album deal with French label Osmose Records. In order to complete the line-up (which at this stage lacked a permanent drummer, bassist and lead guitarist), Dave Suzuki was brought in. He would fill all of these roles as well as that of lyricist and backing vocalist. This led to the release of 1997's Forever Underground and 2000's Dawn of the Apocalypse, the latter of which marked a significant step towards a new, heavier sound which would become more prominent on their following albums.
Vocalist Thorn, who had handled vocal duties on Dawn of the Apocalypse, was soon fired from the band. This led to the addition in 2001 of Deicide frontman Glen Benton on vocals along with original member Tony Lazaro on guitars and Dave Suzuki on bass, drums, and lead guitars. The band's first album with Benton, 2003's Dechristianize, was released to much critical acclaim. The band's next album, released in 2007, was Icons of Evil. Vital Remains also put out its first live DVD, Evil-Death-Live, the same year, in Europe on 9 July, and in the US on 31 July through Polish label Metal Mind Productions.
On November 21, 2007, Vital Remains announced they are seeking a bassist and lead guitarist. No further information was given. On March 29, 2008, the band announced their latest tour line-up, excluding Dave Suzuki. It is presently unclear whether Suzuki is removed from the band permanently or if he is merely unable to tour for the time being.
Tony Lazaro is the only original member of the band.
In an interview with Metal Assault, Tony Lazaro announced that the band has new material and would be recording in late 2010 with an album to be released around December 2011.
Vital Remains earlier work was considered to be blackened death metal, with minor use of keyboards and ambient noise. After Forever Underground they went for a purely death metal approach. Elements of their music that distinguishes them in their genre are the use of acoustic Spanish-style solos and their construction of excessively long songs. Many of the songs on more recent releases exceed seven minutes in length. With the addition of Dave Suzuki to the band, the lead guitar work took a much more prominent place within song construction. He also chose to employ a neoclassical style of soloing.
- Tony Lazaro - Rhythm Guitar(1988-present)
- Gator Collier - Bass (2008-present)
- Jack Blackburn - Drums (2012-present)
- Tom Supkow - Bass (1988-1989)
- Chris Dupont - Drums (1988-1990)
- Paul Flynn - Guitars (1988-1996)
- Jeff Gruslin - Vocals (1988-1996)
- Joe Lewis - Bass, Vocals (1990-2000)
- Ace Alonzo - Drums (1990-1994)
- Rick Corbett - Drums (1994-1996)
- Chris Ross - Vocals (1996-1997)
- Dave Suzuki - Drums, Lead Guitar (lead), Backing Vocals (1997-2009), Bass (2000-2009)
- Thorn - Vocals (1999-2003)
- Glen Benton - Vocals (2003-2009)
- Scott Wily - Vocals (2008-2012)
- Reduced to Ashes (1989)
- Excruciating Pain (1990)
- Let Us Pray (1992)
- Into Cold Darkness (1995)
- Forever Underground (1997)
- Dawn of the Apocalypse (2000)
- Dechristianize (2003)
- Icons of Evil (2007)
- Untitled New Album (2011)
Live Albums Edit
- Evil Death Live (2007)
- The Black Mass (1991)
- Horrors of Hell (2006)
- ↑ According to an interview with former bassist/vocalis Joe Lewis, Vital Remains started in 1988 as a "blackened death metal band".
- ↑ "Vital Remains - Seeking New Bassist/Guitarist", November 21, 2007, <http://www.smnnews.com/2007/11/21/vital-remains-seeking-new-bassistguitarist/>. Retrieved on 22 November 2007
- ↑ VITAL REMAINS Unveils New Touring Lineup; Photos, Video Footage Available. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-29.
- ↑ Tony Lazaro of Vital Remains interviewed by Metal Assault at Summer Slaughter 2010 - Part 1. YouTube (2010-07-19). Retrieved on 2011-10-29.