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Part 3: Metal Insider stand with Saint Vitus:

Members of Metal Insider have fondly shared their memories and thoughts about the beloved Saint Vitus Bar over the years. From unforgettable shows featuring bands like Anthrax, Megadeth, Dragonforce, Marty Friedman, and Gojira to intimate gatherings, at least one of us has experienced all of these events and overall metal magic this venue has offered firsthand. Saint Vitus Bar has transcended its role as a mere music venue, becoming a cherished home away from home and a quintessential metal mecca. Known for its commitment to showcasing a diverse range of acts and supporting the local scene, it quickly became a beloved fixture in the metal community.

The venue’s appeal extended beyond its music, offering reasonably priced drinks and a well-spaced layout that made patrons feel comfortable and welcomed. While some photographers were “permitted” to use flash, others opted for the natural approach, resulting in various images capturing the venue’s intimate atmosphere and the vibrant New York metal scene. In an era where iconic venues like CBGBs and Roseland Ballroom have been lost to time, Saint Vitus Bar stood as a resilient beacon in a city constantly undergoing change.

The abrupt interruption of Friday evening’s show by the Department of Buildings raises questions about potential malicious intent. 

For many, the venue’s mysterious black doors opened up a world of possibilities. Given chance encounters with friends and meeting new fellow metal comrades were commonplace with metal as the blissful backdrop. Beyond its regular shows, Saint Vitus Bar hosted a myriad of unique events, from metal matinees to Speed Metal Dating and Black Metal Yoga, reflecting its eclectic spirit and willingness to push boundaries.

Saint Vitus Bar’s impact extended far beyond its walls, providing opportunities for emerging and underground bands to headline shows and even serving for unconventional experiences like elegant and romantic engagement photoshoots. The venue’s influence was felt in its support for underground shows and propelling bands to greater success, as evidenced by headlining tours for acts like Oceans of Slumber, Lucifer, Royal Thunder, and 1349. Unique festivals and events further cemented Saint Vitus Bar’s status as a hub of creativity and community within the metal scene.

DJ Alex Kayne, a member of Metal Insider, has personally experienced the venue’s magic, reflecting on his time working there: 

“I have worked at Saint Vitus for many years as a resident Metal DJ, having the distinct privilege of opening for Anvil, Exciter, Megadeth, Sanctuary, Exhorder, Satan, and dozens more at the venue. I have also attended many shows there, and had a few bands booked by the venue. I love this space! The staff and owners are wonderful people, and they are successfully carrying the Metal torch forward. It is a legit Metal venue and beyond – they always stay ahead of the curve – often booking the upcoming bands of our future, and throwing Darkwave/Synthwave bashes that are wildly popular. This is a minor setback as Saint Vitus has been a neighborhood staple and will return. I know this because I know how dedicated and serious the owners and staff are about bringing unforgettable music experiences to their ticketholders. I look forward to working there again soon. ~ DJ Alex Kayne”

As Saint Vitus Bar navigates its legal challenges and works towards the possibility of reopening its doors or relocating entirely, it’s clear that its legacy and memory remain. Metal Insider stands behind Saint Vitus Bar and here to do what we can to support.

 

Photos snapped at Saint Vitus throughout the years:

DJ Alex Kayne:

Dave Mustaine sound checking at Vitus before the “Vic and the Rattleheads” show.
Photo Credit: DJ Alex Kayne

 

Photo Credit: Karen Chen

 

Photo Credit: Andrea Katz

 

Mark “Smitty” Neal:

Sick of It All – 2016
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Mayhem – 2017
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Goatwhore – 2024
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Exmortus – 2019
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Dark Angel – 2019
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Agent Orange 2022
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

 

Agnostic Front – 2015
Photo by: Mark “Smitty” Neal

Tom Mis:

Engagement Photo
Photo Provided by Tom Mis

 

 

Scowl – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Come Mierda – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Escuela Grind – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Anti-Sapien – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Sonja – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Ludicra – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Rebelmatic – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Bridge City Sinners – 2023
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Sanhedrin – 2022
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

 

Capra – 2021
Photo Credit: Tom Mis

 

Melinda Oswandel:

Sumac – 2017
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Spotlights – 2023
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Royal Thunder – 2023
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Poison The Well – 2024
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Poison The Well – 2024
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Moon Tooth – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Metal Injection 15th Anniversary Party – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Metal Injection 15th Anniversary Party – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Metal Injection 15th Anniversary Party – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Metal Injection 15th Anniversary Party – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Light The Torch – 2019
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Life of Agony – 2018 Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Life of Agony – 2018
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Deadguy – 2023
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Candiria – 2015
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

 

Baroness – 2015
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

 

Mathieu Bredeau:

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Zenae D. Zukowski:

This Will Destroy You – 2015
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Corrosion of Conformity – 2016
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Absu – 2016
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Dragonforce – 2016
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Anthrax – 2016
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Urizen – 2017
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Royal Thunder – 2017
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Royal Thunder – 2018
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Black Fast – 2018
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Hyro The Hero – 2018
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Wilson – 2018
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Marty Friedman – 2019
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Lucifer – 2019
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Sanctuary – 2019
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski

 

Oceans of Slumber – 2022
Photo Credit: Zenae D. Zukowski