An NYC metal sampler

Take an aural tour of NYC metal, past and present.

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“I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister (1984)

We begin with everyone’s favorite garishly made-up, lovably obnoxious Long Island hard-rock crew, still going strong today, in the same lineup that issued this self-explanatory fist-pumper during Reagan’s first term.

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“Bonecrusher” by Mortician (2001)

The NYC metal underground has spawned no more extreme act than this horror-flick-obsessed Yonkers duo, whose tracks are a blur of hyperspeed drum-machine blasts, subhuman growling and staticky bass distortion.

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“Caught in a Mosh” by Anthrax (1987)

No NYC metal roundup would be complete without a nod to the city’s representative in thrash metal’s Big 4—currently thriving in the wake of their stellar 2011 comeback, Worship MusicM—who counterbalanced the bloodthirsty vitriol of contemporaries like Slayer with punky irreverence and peppy hookcraft.

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“The Death of Boredom” by Primitive Weapons (2012)

Brooklyn’s answer to white-knuckle post-hardcore titans such as Converge, Primitive Weapons—three members of which double as proprietors of essential Greenpoint metal bar Saint Vitus—can be found gigging constantly around town, turning up on bills both underground and high-profile.

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“God of Thunder” by Kiss (1976)

Many don’t immediately associate the legendary shock-rock quartet with NYC, but three of the four original members were born within the five boroughs, with Chaim “Gene Simmons” Witz immigrating to Jackson Heights at age eight. Here we bring you a classic slab of adolescent-geared machismo.

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