NYC Metal 2013
We present a pictorial cross section of the local scene, featuring bands, venues, broadcasters, bloggers and more
Tue May 28 2013
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Remember that scene in The Wrestler in which Randy “The Ram” Robinson rocks out to a Ratt hair-metal staple and proclaims, “Goddamn, they don’t make ’em like they used to”? Eddie Trunk has made an entire career out of that sentiment. Via his hit VH1 series (That Metal Show, kicking off its 12th season Saturday 1), a fan-fave book, a heavy Twitter presence and—as any old-school NYC headbanger will tell you—a weekly Friday late-night slot on Q104.3 radio, the Jersey-born scene veteran has established himself as the world’s foremost authority on the gods of hard rock’s ’70s and ’80s salad days, from Sabbath to Halen and beyond.
What defines NYC metal?
"As someone who has been a fan, supporter and personality for 30 years in this market for hard rock and metal, the place that screams 'NY metal' more than anything is the now defunct club L’Amour in Brooklyn. From my earliest years seeing shows, I would venture to Bay Ridge from my home in NJ, over two bridges, getting home at 4am, just to hang and see the many great bands that played there. There was such a grit about L’Amour, but also a great sense of community with fellow metalheads. There was a point where I think the club became almost bigger than some of the bands that played there. Anthrax, Overkill, White Lion, Type O Negative and many others with area roots literally broke out of that club. L’Amour was as NY as metal got and I miss it almost every day."
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