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 press releases and web sites for the venues for the shows, but I can’t guarantee that what I find and post here will stay accurate as time passes, 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 bands, 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, or if you’re a music lover who thinks we ought to list an event you know of, leave a comment below or send an e-mail to:   islander@nocleansinging.com


AUG 20 at The Crocodile:  Goatwhore, Ringworm, Locistellar

AUG 20 at Highline: Lucifer, Spell, Sterling Serpent

AUG 23 at El Corazon: BIG|BRAVE, Deafkids, Into the Storm, Opponent

AUG 24 at Highline: Maggot Heart, Year of the Cobra, The Sky Giants

AUG 26 at Neumos: Drab Majesty, Xeno and Oaklnader, Body of Light

AUG 28 at Club Sur: Evergrey, Shattered Sun, Tulip, Forever Convicted, ApHelion, Silver Talon

AUG 29 at Highline: The Varukers, Generation Decline, Open Veins, Nightfeeder

AUG 31 at Substation: Holy Grove, Serial Hawk, Heiress, Witch Ripper

SEP 4 at Highline:  Occlith, Kihalás, The Sleer, Willow Brook

SEP 5 at Tacoma Dome: Iron Maiden, The Raven Age

SEP 7 at Highline: Peste Umbrarum, Putrid Temple, Befoulment

SEP 10 at El Corazon: Kataklysm, Exhorder, Krisiun, Hatchet, No One Lives

SEP 12 at El Corazon: Warbringer, Enforcer, Greyhawk, Bleed the Stone, W.M.D.

SEP 13 at Decibel Brewing (Bothell):  DTI, Crud Guns, Noceur

SEP 13 at Clock-Out Lounge: Haunted Horses, Floored Faces, Post/Boredom

SEP 13 and 14 at Neumos: The Melvins, Redd Kross, Shitkid

SEP 15 at Club Sur: Arkona, Metsatoll, Wind Rose, Kerr Ring

SEP 15 at Highline: Torche, Pinkish Black, SRSQ

SEP 15 at El Corazon: Kælan Mikla, Street Sects

SEP 16 at Neumos: Russian Circles, FACS

SEP 16 at El Corazon: Disentomb, Visceral Disgorge, Signs of the Swarm, Continuum, Organectomy, Mental Cruelty

SEP 17 at Substation: Druids, Rat King, Florida Man

SEP 18 at Highline: Nebula, Sasquatch, deathCAVE, Medicine Head

SEP 19 at WAMU Theater:  Ghost

SEP 20 at Black Lodge: Sandrider, Black Elk, Glose

SEP 20 at Highline: Necrot, Cystic, Foul

SEP 21 at Highline: Acid King, Wizard Rifle, Warish

SEP 23 at Highline: Hell, Mizmor, Bedlamite

SEP 23 at Neumos: Boris, Uniform

SEP 24 at Substation: Pound, 2Klix, Ancestors of God, Czar, TRHPH, Loud Sleepers, Sorcia, Rawr, City of Industry, The Bitter, Infideltek

SEP 24 at El Corazon: Despised Icon, Kublai Khan, Ingested, Shadow of Intent, I Declare War

SEP 25 at El Corazon: Revocation, Voivod, Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, Conjurer

SEP 26 at Showbox SoDo: Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Grand Magus

SEP 27 and 28 at El Corazon and Funhouse:  ELIMINATOR FEST (Deceased, Morbid Saint, Bewitcher, Oxygen Destroyer, R.I.P., and more [details here])

SEP 28 at Highline: Un, Ails, Eye of Nix, A//tar

SEP 28 at Funhouse (1:30 pm show): Venom Prison, Homewrecker, Great American Ghost, Dirtnap

SEP 30 at Club Sur:  Beyond Creation, Fallujah, Arkaik, Equipoise

OCT 1 at El Corazon: Eluveitie, Korpiklaani, Gone In April

OCT 2 at Neptune Theatre: Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast

OCT 4 at El Corazon: Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin

OCT 5 at Highline: Kayo Dot, ASVA

OCT 6 at El Corazon: Delain, Amorphis, Anneke Van Giersbergen

OCT 8 at El Corazon: Dragonforce, Dance With the Dead, Starkill

OCT 14 at El Corazon: Immolation, Blood Incantation, Odyssian, APhelion, Esophageal Deterioration

OCT 15 at Showbox SoDo: Sabaton, Hammerfall

OCT 16 at Paramount Theater: BabyMetal, The Hu

OCT 17 at Highline: Iron Kingdom, Solicitor, Point Zero

OCT 17 at El Corazon: Allegaeon, Inferi, Paladin

OCT 21 at Showbox SoDo: GWAR, Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust, Against the Grain

OCT 23 at El Corazon: Eyehategod, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Final Conflict, The Accused AD, Heiress

OCT 24 at (TBA):  Haunter, Anicon

OCT 25 at Highline: Q5, Glacier, Silver Talon

OCT 26 at Chop Suey: Alien Weaponry

OCT 26 at Highline: Barshasketh, Deitus, Peste Umbrarum

OCT 26 at El Corazon: DRI, Acid Teeth Detonator, Disciples of Dissent, Toxic Reign

OCT 29 at El Corazon: Amigo the Devil, King Dude, Twin Temple

NOV 4 at Funhouse: Rat King, War Cloud, STonecutter, Namea

NOV 13 at El Corazon: Fit For An Autopsy,

NOV 17 at Substation: Helmet (30th Anniversary Tour)

NOV 19 at El Corazon: Cave In, Helms Alee, The Primals

NOV 20 at Showbox: Chelsea Wolfe, Ionna Gika

NOV 21 at El Corazon: Nile, Terrorizer, Nott, Bleed the Stone, Born Without Blood

NOV 25 at The Paramount:  King Diamond, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Idle Hands

NOV 30 at Neumos:  Daughters, Lingua Ignota

DEC 2 at Neumos: High On Fire, Power Trip, Creeping Death, Devil Master

DEC 8 at Highline: Khemmis, Un

DEC 9 at El Corazon: As I Lay Dying, After the Burial, Emmure

DEC 14 at El Corazon: Static-X, Wednesday 13, American Wrecking Company, Jack Havoc

DEC 18 at Neumos: Batushka

FEB 12 at El Corazon: Ross the Boss

MAR 29 at El Corazon: Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum

APR 20 at El Corazon: Powerglove, Immortal Guardian


  372 Responses to “NW METAL CALENDAR”

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

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

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

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

  14. Feb 13, 2013: Graveyard with The Shrine @ Neumos

    Great site!

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

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

  17. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

  22. 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 !,,!-!,,!

    • 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.

    • i’m from Minneapolis and honestly it’s your best bet for Metal. some bands out of Minneapolis are; False, Tvaer, Hive, Panopticon, Wolf Blood, Circadian Ritual. as far as venues St. Cloud has the Red Carpet Night Club and Minneapolis has a ton of venues (a lot ran through First Ave) and Extreme Noise record store is always worth checking out when you can for records and local show flyers. Detroit lakes is a bit of a drive so this info might not be great for your situation

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