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
If you’ve attended an underground metal show in NYC in the past five years or so, chances are you’ve breathed the same beer-and-sweat-perfumed air as Fred Pessaro. A tireless photographer and blogger—catch him under his nom du pit, Black Bubblegum, at Brooklyn Vegan, or at his latest gig, Invisible Oranges—Pessaro’s work creates a rare oasis of inclusiveness and optimism in a sometimes jaded, insular scene.
What defines NYC metal?
"Brooklyn. The entire borough is teeming with musicians, bands, promoters, venues and friends who all coexist peacefully together. I've never been part of a group of people who applaud the success of one another, yet use that success as a catalyst to strive toward individual achievement. It's positivity like that and friendly competition that helps to drive creativity, and makes everyone the best they can be."