I’m the guy who runs this blog. I live in the Seattle area and I like live metal.  Not necessarily all metal, but a pretty broad spectrum of it.  As a public service, I post on this page upcoming shows in the Seattle area (and sometimes elsewhere in the Northwest) as I become aware of them. I tend to focus on the shows I would like to see, but I’ve tried to make it broader than that, too.

WARNING: I get my information from reliable web sites, including the venues for the shows, but I can’t guarantee that what I find will stay accurate, so check it out for yourself.  And I don’t promise to update the info if a show is canceled or a band drops off a tour or the venue changes.  So before you show up to buy tickets at the door, check with the venue to make sure nothing has changed.

Sometimes I don’t list a show because I’m unfamiliar with the names, or because I missed an announcement or forgot to check a venue’s calendar. If you’re a band or a venue and you want us to add your info here, leave a comment below or send e-mail to:   islander@nocleansinging.com


MAR 16 at Studio Seven: Fozzy, Through Fire, Santa Cruz, Dark Sky Choir, Convergence

MAR 17 at El Corazon:  Infest, Escuela, Theories, Gag, Headphase

MAR 19 at El Corazon: Dirkschneider, Elm Street, Zero Down, Weaponlord

MAR 21 at Highline: Whipstriker, Negative Vortex, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand

MAR 24 at Cryptatropa Bar (Olympia): Alda, Vouna, Huldrekall, Forest of Grey

MAR 25 at Highline: Human Agony, Rohit, Putrid Temple

MAR 27 at Highline: Royal Thunder, Pinkish Black, Noise-A-Tron, Family Curse

MAR 28 at Studio Seven:  Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth, Sanction, Scourged

MAR 30 at Highline: Suppression, Acid Feast, Sidetracked, PWWMA, Ruptured Silence

MAR 30 at Southgate Roller Rink (White Center):  TOP KNOT FEST (Czar, Heiress, Steak Sauce Mustache,  American Standards, Faus, Zan, Smooth Sailing, Into the Storm, Florida Man, Blacktracks, Kihalas, Inhalation)

APR 1 at The Crocodile: Russian Circles, King Woman

APR 2 at The Crocodile: Protest the Hero

APR 2 at El Corazon: Ross the Boss, Ethan Brosh, Old James

APR 3 at Studio Seven: Prong, Powerflo, Helldorado

APR 7 at Studio Seven: I Detest, Dismembering Mary, Time Spent, Fail Yourself, Ancient Burials

APR 10 at El Corazon: Taake, King Dude

APR 12 at Funhouse: The Devils of Loudun, Neck of the Woods, Weaponlord

APR 13 at Black Lodge: Profane Order, Hissing, Putrid Temple

APR 14 at Black Lodge: Theories, Burials (pdx), Spacebag, Impulse Noise

APR 15 at ShoWare Center (Kent): Judas Priest, Saxon

APR 17 at Studio Seven: Sirenia, Threat Signal, Excelsior, Graveshadow

APR 20 at Highline: Whores, Helms Alee, Future Usses, He Whose Ox Is Gored

APR 26 at Funhouse: Slumlord, Pound, Impulse Noise, Guns of Barisal, Toecutter

APR 28 at Highline: Painted Doll, Danava, Nasty Bits

APR 30 at El Corazon: Gigan, Sunless

MAY 1 at Studio Seven: Carnifex, Oceano, Winds of Plague, Archspire, Spite, Widowmaker, Dismembering Mary, Ashes of Existence

MAY 1 at Georgetown Liquor Company: Curse, Hexem, Bloom Offering, Minority Whip

MAY 4 at El Corazon:  Morbid Angel, Origin, Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm, Annihilation

MAY 8 at Showbox SoDo:  An Evening with Steven Wilson

MAY 8 at El Corazon: Tesseract, Plini, Astronoid

MAY 13 at Studio Seven:  Soulfly, Nile, After the Fallout, Devilation, Disciples of Dissent

MAY 13 at Funhouse: Madrost, Silent Scream

MAY 15 at The Bossanova Ballroom (Portland): Satyricon, Inquisition, Uada, Panzergod

MAY 16 at El Corazon: Satyricon, Inquisition, Inquinok, Voidthrone

MAY 16 at PNE Forum (Vancouver, BC): Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament

MAY 17 at Highline: Cough, Grime, Serial Hawk, Isenordal

MAY 22 at El Corazon:  Obituary, Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch, Dust Bolt

MAY 24 at El Corazon:  Midnight, BAT, Wormwitch, Substratum

MAY 25 at Columbia City Theater: Necrosomnium, Empyrean, Dilapidation, Draconian Summoning

MAY 26 at Highline:  Anvil (and more TBA)

MAY 26 at Funhouse: Sixes, Stahv, Staghorn, Autumn Creatures

MAY 28 at Neumos: Power Trip, Sheer Mag, Fury, Red Death

MAY 31 – JUN 2:  NORTHWEST TERROR FEST (Neumos, Barboza, Highline) — DETAILS HERE

JUN 2 at El Corazon: Insomnium, Anthrocene, Aphelion

JUN 5 at Showbox:  Sleep, Bell Witch

JUN 5 at Studio Seven: Black Tongue, Traitors, Dismembering Mary

JUN 6 at Studio Seven: Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath, Primordial Atrocity

JUN 10 at El Corazon: Hammerfall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Skelator

JUN 16 at The Valley (Tacoma): The Accused A.D., Toe Tag, Effluvia, Dilapidation

JUN 22 at Marymoor Park: Mastodon, Primus

JUN 24 at Highline: Will Haven, Heiress, Into the Storm, Old Iron

JUN 30 at Studio Seven: Uada, Wolvhammer, The Black Moriah

JUL 19 at Neumos:  Melvins

AUG 20 at El Corazon: Powerglove, Xoth

SEP 8 at Le Voyeur (Olympia): Effluvia, Oxygen Destroyer, Disease, Maybe Al Gore

SEP 20 at El Corazon: Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum

DEC 5 at Moda Center (Portland):  Metallica


328 Responses to “NW METAL CALENDAR”

  1. Andy says:

    Don’t forget Isis at Neumos on June 1!

  2. Wow, fuck, Finntroll and Barren Earth on the same bill? That’s epic as hell. Of course, no Swedish tour. WTF?

  3. Brian says:

    How about The Power of the Riff tour on Aug 19th at Neumo’s?

  4. Brendon Williams says:

    Although it would be awesome, I’m pretty sure Tesseract won’t be playing on the Periphery/Textures show. Also, you have the date wrong: it’s on the 22nd, not the 26th!

  5. Brendon Williams says:

    I take it back – it looks like Tesseract will be playing after all! They’re not listed on the posters though. But still, the show is on September 22nd.

  6. John says:

    Funeral Age is playing with Decapitated on October 14th at Studio 7 as well. Please update the info.

  7. Alexis says:

    The Ocean is playing with Devin Townsend too!!!!!!!

  8. Super Happy Story Time Land is going to be the only local opener for Deicide on March 18th

  9. Devon says:

    NOV. 15 TDWP, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, For Today at Roseland Theatre Portland Oregon

  10. Go to the upcoming shows section of truemetalseattleforums.org for the most comprehensive listing of upcoming Metal shows, both local and national.

  11. Maz says:

    Huntress and Holy Grail opening for Dragonforce on May 5th. Those are the bands many people will go for me thinks.

  12. Dan C. says:

    This should be updated to combine these two shows:
    NOV 10 at Showbox SoDo: GWAR, DevilDriver, Cancer Bates, Legacy of Disorder

    NOV 10 at Neumos: Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Exhumed, Attitude Adjustment, Martha Splatterhead’s Revenge

  13. Dan C. says:

    March 31st, Metal Alliance 3 at Showbox SoDo. Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, plus more TBA.

  14. alex says:

    Feb 13, 2013: Graveyard with The Shrine @ Neumos

    Great site!

  15. alex says:

    March 29, 2013: Clutch,
    Orange Goblin, Lionize, and KYNG
    at Showbox at The Market

  16. Joel says:

    Friday March 8th
    Krystos, Last Bastion, Lb! (Pound)
    at 2 Bit Saloon

  17. Dan C. says:

    Mayhem Festival is happening July 3rd. There are some pretty good bands on the list, like Behemoth, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, and Mastodon. And some…not so exciting bands as well.

    • Islander says:

      Man, thanks for that tip. I’ve been hunkered down in a cave the last 2 weeks and missed that announcement. That’s a really mixed lineup, but the awesome part of it is pretty fuckin awesome. I just added it to this page.

      • Dan C. says:

        There’s definitely a variety. I’m curious to see how all the different stages work, timing-wise and such.

  18. Dan C. says:

    June 19 – Studio Seven: Melechesh, Vreid, Lightning Swords Of Death, Reign Of Lies.
    Why must this be on a Wednesday?

  19. Dan C. says:

    Looks like Warbringer’s playing that Overkill/Kreator show as well.

  20. JJ says:

    Update to the Beneath Oblivion show Aug 15 at the Comet:

    Beneath Oblivion, Crawlin’, Witchripper, Portents.

    (My band’s Portents and its our 1st show!)

  21. shane says:

    where’s church of misery? December 4th or 5th

  22. Dano says:

    I am a die hard metal fan from speed metal to the darkest deepest sickest heaviest metal on earth…..i moved from the Tri state area recently to a place near Detroit Lakes Minnesota…..Any Venue info in the area would be greatly appreciated…ihave been to near 5000 shows in my life and growin up near NYC you can only imagine all the venues in a 10 mile radius let alone a 100 mile radius….i come out here and KAPOOT lmao…Please help I NEED MY METAL!!!!!! ….Im not that far from Fargo dakota but its an hour away….BUT for metal its well worth the ride…i know i can research venues but maybe you can help…that would be DEATHTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…Hornz metal Brethren !,,!-!,,!

    • Islander says:

      Oh man, I feel your pain. Unfortunately, about all I have time to do for this page is try to keep up with what’s happening in the Seattle area where I live, updating it about once a week. It’s really the only part of this site that’s purely local.

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