Metal music in NYC: photo gallery, metal playlist, concert schedule and more

Explore Gotham's thriving metal scene through exclusive photos, a concert schedule, an original video and a playlist spanning 30-plus years.



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NYC Metal

NYC Metal Photograph: Krista Schlueter (artist portraits), David Joyner / iStockphoto (skyline image)

NYC isn’t a metal mecca the way it’s a jazz, hip-hop or punk town. But this only makes the metal scene that has thrived here that much more interesting. Gotham’s metal hall of fame is a motley assemblage: cartoonish arena gods (Kiss, Manowar), punk-fueled speed freaks (Anthrax, Cro-Mags), O.G. death-metalists (Suffocation, Immolation) and inimitable alt-eccentrics (Helmet, Type O Negative). Every veteran New York headbanger remembers the ’80s glory days of Bay Ridge’s L’Amour, but recently, a legion of hungry new bands, venues and scene stalwarts have risen up. Here we present our sweeping overview of NYC metal. Raise the horns, NYC, and feast your eyes/ears!

The best summer metal shows

Cannibal Corpse + Napalm Death + Immolation

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Until Sat Feb 28
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  • Critics choice
  1. 285 Kent Ave 285 Kent Ave, at South 1st St, 11211
  2. Until Sat Jul 27
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Black Sabbath

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Until Mon Mar 31
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Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Fri Aug 16
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NYC's top metal bars

Saint Vitus

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 1120 Manhattan Ave, (between Box and Clay Sts), 11222
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  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 168 Marcy Ave, (between Broadway and South 5th St), 11211
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The Acheron

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 57 Waterbury St, (at Scholes St)
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  1. 273 13th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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