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


JUL 18 at Highline: Wildspeaker, Breag Naofa, Wake Of Humanity

JUL 18 at Club Sur:  Aggression

JUL 19 at Neumos:  Melvins

JUL 21 at Highline: Fungal Abyss, Eight Bells, Eye of Nix, Thrombus

JUL 21 at The Kraken: Skeletor, Expain, Substratum, Xoth

JUL 22 at Club Sur:  Exmortus, The Absence

JUL 23 at Highline: Suicide Forest, Isenordal (acoustic), Vouna, Ox Hunger

JUL 25 at Highline: Mournful Congregation, Bell Witch, Mortiferum

JUL 27 at Funhouse: Year of the Cobra, Witch Ripper, Hex Rays

JUL 28 at Twilight Bar (Portland): Famine Fest All Ager Rager — Ghoul, Skeletal Remains, Acephalix, Uada (and more)

JUL 29 at Funhouse: Worshipper, Old Man Wizard, Holy Grove

AUG 1 at El Corazon: Traitors, Signs of the Swarm, Distinguisher, Dismembering Mary, 2KLIX, Vultures Above Us

AUG 2 at Black Lodge: Planning For Burial, drowse, Nostalgist, Bloom Offering

AUG 2 at The Kraken: Christ Killer w/ Florida Man, Open Veins

AUG 4 at The Kraken: FCON, Anti Vision, Rat King, A Flourishing Scourge

AUG 4 at Eagles Lodge 2485 (Kennewick): Cave Bastard

AUG 7 at Highline: Novareign, Weaponlord, Railgun

AUG 7 at Showbox SoDo: Summer Slaughter Tour (Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene

AUG 9 at Club Sur Rocks: Pathology, Within Destruction, Parasitic Ejaculation

AUG 9 at Highline: Mortuous, Torture Rack, Crurifragium, Cerebral Rot

AUG 9 at LoFi: Amarok, Usnea, Isenordal

AUG 10 at The Neptune Theater: Deafheaven, Drab Majesty, Uniform

AUG 10 at Highline: Night Demon, Blood Star, Demonhammer

AUG 10 at The Airport Tavern (Tacoma): Aethereus, Theories, Blood And Thunder, Xoth

AUG 11 at Highline: Elder, Serial Hawk, Witch Ripper, Summoned By Giants

AUG 14 at Funhouse:  Plague Bearer, Draghkar, Tyrants From Hell, Dilapidation

AUG 15 at Club Sur Rocks: CKY, Slaves, Royal Thunder, Awaken I Am, Darkness Stole the Sky

AUG 16 at Highline: Insect Ark, Eye of Nix, Belus, Forest of Grey

AUG 17 at Highline: Six Organs of Admittance, Wino, Xasthur

AUG 20 at El Corazon: Powerglove, Xoth, Anthrocene

AUG 20 at Funhouse: Apotheon, Aethereus, Enigma, Increate, Odyssian

AUG 22 at Highline: Bewitcher, Substratum

SEP 1 at El Corazon:  Killing Joke, Pig

SEP 6 at Funhouse: Sorxe, Serial hawk, Witch Ripper

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

SEP 15 at El Corazon: Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi, Exist

SEP 17 at El Corazon: Alestorm, Gloryhammer

SEP 19 at Highline: Woe, Wvrm,

SEP 20 at El Corazon: Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Blood and Thunder, Convergence

SEP 25 at Showbox: Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles

SEP 26 at Showbox: Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles (second show)

SEP 26 at Club Sur Rocks: Wintersun, Ne Obliviscaris (guests TBA)

SEP 28 at El Corazon:  Tribulation, Pallbearer

OCT 2 at El Corazon:  Dying Fetus, Incantation, Gatecreeper, Genocide Pact

OCT 5 at Highline: Revocation, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja

OCT 9 at Neumos: Zeal and Ardor

OCT 9 at Club Sur: Carach Angren, Mors Principium Est, Wolfheart

OCT 9 at El Corazon: Satan

OCT 10 at El Corazon: Monster Magnet, Electric Citizen, Dark Sky Choir

OCT 15 at Neumos: Paradise Lost, Sólstafir, The Atlas Moth

OCT 15 at Funhouse: Enemy Soil, Antigama, Violent Opposition, The Drip, Treasonist

OCT 15 at Showbox SoDo: Gwar, Hatebreed, Miss May I, Ringworm, American Sharks

OCT 18 at Highline: Pestilence. Witch Vomit, Fetid, Oxygen Destroyer

OCT 21 at Neumos: Windhand, Satan’s Satyrs

OCT 29 at Showbox SoDo: Trivium, Avatar

NOV 20 at Showbox Market: Behemoth, At the Gates, Wolves In the Throne Room

NOV 20 at The Crocodile: Haken, Leprous, Bent Knee

DEC 5 at Moda Center (Portland):  Metallica


  343 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.

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