NYC Metal 2013

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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Ross the Boss

Ross the Boss


The annals of New York rock contain at least two entries for this Bronx-born lifer. In the ’70s, Ross Friedman helped launch Gotham’s storied punk scene as one fifth of surprisingly melody-savvy cutups the Dictators, but it was his next act, as guitarist for the mighty Manowar, that cemented his metal-god status. No other band has embodied the genre’s core paradox—Neanderthal absurdity versus volume-worshipping transcendence—with such unself-conscious gusto. Friedman left the ’War back in 1988, but since then, he’s kept busy raising a family; running a batting cage for neighborhood youth in Middle Village, Queens; and, oh yes, traveling the world with his exuberantly over-the-top brand of metal, heard most recently in riotously fun supergroup Death Dealer.


What defines NYC metal?


"I would say back in the day, in the ’80s and early-’90s, the metal scene was L'Amour east and west (Queens and Brooklyn), the Ritz NYC and Don Hill's Cat Club. Why was this? Well, literally every day of the week there was always something goin' on—musically and socially speaking."


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