NYC Metal 2013

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As part of our NYC metal roundup, we offer our composite portrait of the scene, with original photos shot in the five boroughs during the past six weeks. These bands, venues and personalities don’t make up a definitive list; think of them as a representative cross section. As a bonus, we've included each subject's answer to the following burning question: "In your opinion, what person, band, place or thing best sums up the NYC metal scene—past and/or present—and why?"


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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Anthrax

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Anthrax

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Anthrax

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Anthrax


Anthrax

At the dawn of grunge, when their contemporaries in Metallica were shoring up their ascent to megastardom, NYC’s favorite thrash sons, Anthrax, were beginning a gradual decline into relative obscurity. So what a treat to find guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante (Queens and Bronx natives, respectively, pictured second and third from left) roaring back to relevancy with 2011’s Worship Music, one of the sturdiest LPs of their three-decade-plus career. The band’s triumphant Yankee Stadium appearance that year as part of the Big 4 package confirmed what diehards had known all along: Anthrax’s quirky yet staunchly progressive anthems are some of the most enduring ever to emerge from Gotham’s metal demimonde.

What defines NYC metal?

Scott Ian: "With all modesty, I'll say Anthrax.  Our history speaks for itself.  If you think of punk it's the Ramones.  If you think of rock, Kiss. If you think of metal and NYC, it's Anthrax. If it's one person?  Eddie Trunk. He's been the biggest supporter of metal in NY for 30 years." 

Charlie Benante: "I would agree that we have been a common thread in the history of metal and NYC. Eddie Trunk comes to mind as the one individual who has made such a significant impact in New York metal. The Ritz or Webster Hall as its called now, was a place where a lot of metal shows took place."


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Vinny Bochicchio/Signature  Riff
Vinny Bochicchio/Signature Riff

What does Eddie Trunk have to do with NYC Metal?........... He doesnt support True Metal..... You will never see people like him or Jose Mangin (Sirious XM) at any real shows...... only those corporate backed tours and such..... Eddie Trunk and That Metal Show wouldve been cool many years ago.... in todays terms, way outdated......... Everyone else featured in this article has my respect for sure............ Ultimate Salutes to Fred Passero, Colin Marston, Immolation and all the pure gentlemen associated with Saint Vitus Bar............... Horns Up

JIM DONOVAN
JIM DONOVAN

I CAUGHT FOGHAT THERE, AND JOE PERRY GONE SOLO, IT WAS A GREAT CLUB, A TIGHT FIT ON SOLD OUT NIGHTS. I PLAYED THE BIGGER VENUE IN QUEENS A FEW YEARS LATER.

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson

A big shout out to Eddie for keeping a piece of Americana alive and well. Many thanks to him and his cohorts. Plus he is a fellow die hard NY Mets fan.

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