DOB Unknown – March 30, 2017
Elyse Steinman is best remembered as the founding guitarist for the beloved New York City heavy rock band, Raging Slab. Formed in 1983, Raging Slab found a sound that was drawn from equal parts early ’70s hard rock, and late ’70s punk rock. By the late ’80s, they had built a sizable regional following and record companies began to take notice. After releasing their debut, Assmaster, on a small independent punk label, major labels came knocking. After a bidding frenzy, they ultimately signed with RCA in 1989. Soon, Guitar Player magazine was describing them as “Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Metallica,” and their fans couldn’t get enough. Although their line-up changed quite a bit over the years, Steinman was always there pounding away on guitar. Elyse Steinman died as a result of breast cancer on March 30, 2017.