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


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 17 at Parliament Tavern: PAK, Sulphur

OCT 18 at Highline: Xoth (album release show), Greyhawk, Kommand, Nosretep

OCT 18 at The Kraken: Greenriver Thrillers, Grim Earth, Sorcia, LaGoon

OCT 19 at The Kraken:  Rhine, Rat King, Odyssian, Gallows Hymn

OCT 20 at El Corazon: Rings of Saturn, Enterprise Earth, Angelmaker, Brand of Sacrifice

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

OCt 21 at Funhouse: Vultures

OCT 22 at Black Lodge: Tempestarii, Addaura, Ithzmi, Noceur

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

OCT 24 at Highline:  Anicon, Haunter, Huldrekall, Kihalas

OCT 25 at Highline: Glacier, Solicitor, Silver Talon

OCT 25 at Funhouse: Witch Ripper, Forming the Void, Isdal, Sorcia

OCT 26 at Chop Suey: Alien Weaponry

OCT 26 at Highline: Barshasketh, Deitus, Peste Umbrarum, Noceur

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

OCT 27 at Chop Suey:  Oranssi Pazuzu, Insect Ark

OCT 27 at Highline: Witchcraft, Spite, Crurifragium, Antichrist Siege Machine, Putrid Temple

OCT 27 at El Corazon: Merauder, Leeway NYC, Nevergrows

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

OCT 30 at Funhouse: Savage Master, Bewitcher

OCT 30 at Substation: Dilapidation, Carnotaurus, Wyoming Young and Strong, Veriteras, Diyu, What’s Wrong

OCT 31 at Substation: Earth

NOV 1 at El Corazon: Jinjer, The Browning, Sumo Cyco, Massacre at the Opera, Ghosts of the Pacific, Black Sun Moon, Kill Closet, Salem Nights

NOV 2 at Highline: NORTHWEST TERROR FEST Presents Funebrarum (with Mortiferum, Grave Dust, and deathCAVE)

NOV 3 at Substation: Endorphins Lost, Whoresnation, Gen Decline, City of Industry

NOV 4 at The Crocodile: Mono, Mamiffer, Bell Witch

NOV 4 at Funhouse: Namea, Blightmaker

NOV 7 at Highline: Nightfell, Nightfeeder

NOV 8 at El Corazon: Suffocation, Belphegor, Abiotic, Necronomicon

NOV 8 at Highline: Wovenhand, Dead Spells, Sterling Serpent

NOV 8 at Belltown Yacht Club: Locistellar, Neck of the Woods, I Am Infamy, Sorcia

NOV 9 at Substation: Worshipper, Horseburner, Summoned By Giants, Greenriver Thrillers

NOV 10 at Highline: Fister, Swampheavy

NOV 13 at El Corazon: Fit For An Autopsy, Lorna Shore, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Dyscarnate, Malevolent Breed, Hands of Deliverance

NOV 13 at Showbox SoDo: Chon, Between the Buried and Me, Intervals

NOV 15 at Funhouse: Ulthar, Spasmo

NOV 16 at Club Sur:  Death Angel

NOV 16 at El Corazon: In Flames, Red, Arrival of Autumn

NOV 16 at Black Lodge: Open Veins, Impulse Noise, Anoxia, Nightfeeder

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 20 at Highline: Liturgy, Kihalas, The Convictions

NOV 21 at Highline: Hide, Nox Novacula

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

NOV 25 at El Corazon: Ensiferum, Kalmah, Abigail Williams, Aenimus

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

NOV 29 at Substation: Exhumed, Gatecreeper, Necrot, Judiciary

NOV 30 at Neumos:  Daughters, Lingua Ignota

DEC 2 at El Corazon: Morbid Angel, Watain, Incantation

DEC 3 at Neumos: High On Fire, Power Trip, Devil Master, Creeping Death

DEC 5 at Neumos: Yob, Earthless, Blackwater Holylight

DEC 8 at Highline: Khemmis, Un, Witch Ripper, Eye of Nix

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 17 at Showbox:  Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Primitive Man, Author & Punisher, Vitriol

DEC 18 at Neumos: Batushka

FEB 12 at El Corazon: Ross the Boss

MAR 5 at Showbox: Refused, METZ, Youth Code

MAR 29 at El Corazon: Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum

APR 20 at El Corazon: Powerglove, Immortal Guardian


  374 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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