NYC Metal 2013

We present a pictorial cross section of the local scene, featuring bands, venues, broadcasters, bloggers and more

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


  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter


  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter


Photograph: Krista Schlueter



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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