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: Jimmy Hubbard
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."