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  • Photograph: Jimmy Hubbard

    Saint Vitus

  • Photograph: Jimmy Hubbard

    Saint Vitus

  • Photograph: Jimmy Hubbard

    Saint Vitus

Photograph: Jimmy Hubbard

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus


In the years leading up to May 2011, the NYC metal scene existed in a weird state of limbo. The culture was thriving, with new bands popping up constantly and old standbys hitting town on the regular, but the community was missing a Cheers, as it were, a thematically coherent hang spot. (And no, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill and Club Europa, both unlikely mid-2000s metal havens, didn’t qualify; Williamsburg's Duff's Brooklyn remains a key gathering point, but it's a watering hole, not a live-music venue.) And then, as though by infernal decree, there was Saint Vitus: an honest-to-God metal bar—catering to both hipsters and heshers—situated at Greenpoint’s northern tip and run by a lovable group of bros-bandmates. Vitus is now a bustling thoroughfare, booking world-class acts from across the spectrum; this writer heads there for his death-metal fix, but whether you fancy doom, black, trad or hardcore, stepping into this cozy club will feel like coming home.


What defines NYC metal?


George Souleidis: "L'Amour was the club in the middle of nowhere Brooklyn that hosted some of the best bands in hard rock, metal, thrash, hardcore and everything in between dark and heavy. (Speaking personally, I practically lived there through my teens.) We're hoping to carry on that torch as their bastard long-haired stepchild."


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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 in todays terms, way outdated.........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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