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


JUN 25 at Funhouse: Yatra, Swampheavy, Sorcia, Darkmysticwoods

JUN 25 at The Kraken: Phantom Witch, Anti-Hero, Born Without Blood, Orator

JUL 3 at Highline: Suffering Hour, Temple of Abandonment, Cystic, Foul

JUL 5 at Highline: Superstition, Cavurn, Cerna Krev

JUL 11 at Highline: The Ruins of Beverast, Dispirit, Nightfell

JUL 12 at Highline: Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Drowse, Nostalgist, Dead Spells

JUL 13 at Tacoma Dome: Ozzy Osborne, Megadeth

JUL 13 at Highline: The Chasm, Cruciamentum, Infernal Conjuration, Solitude of Ravens

JUL 13 at Showbox SoDo: August Burns Red, Silverstein, Silent Planet

JUL 17 at Highline:  Velnias, Maestus, Cerna Krev, Izthmi

JUL 19 at Highline: Disease, Deathgrave, Impulse Noise, Night Feeder, Unholy Trident

JUL 20 at El Corazon: Appice Brothers, Ghosts of the Pacific, Zero Down, Custom

JUL 20 at Highline: Youth Brigade, Lower Class Brats, The Bridge City Sinners, Ground Score

JUL 20 at Substation: Whores, Witch Mountain, Witch Ripper, Summoned By Giants (+ 5 more)

JUL 27 at El Corazon: Born of Osiris, Bad Omens, Spite, Kingdom of Giants

JUL 30 at White River Ampitheatre: Slipknow, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth, Witch Ripper

AUG 2 at White River Ampitheatre: Disturbed, In This Moment, Fever 333, Basement, New Years Day, Superfekta

AUG 2 at Highline: Unholy Lust, Desolator, Grave Dust, Oxygen Destroyer

AUG 3 at White River Ampitheatre: Rob Zombie, Marily Manson, Corrosion of Conformity, Bones UK, Butcher Babies, Pound, Woodshed, Syztem7

AUG 3 at Substation: Black Cobra, Sandrider, HTSoB, Swampheavy

AUG 3 at Highline:  Imperial Triumphant, Behold… the Arctopus!

AUG 4 at Funhouse: Un, Wormwitch

AUG 6 at Highline: Eneferens, Vouna, Kihalás, To End It All

AUG 7 at Substation: Slough Feg, Sanhedrin, Void Vator, more TBA

AUG 8 at Highline: Chrome Waves, Suicide Forest, Vouna

AUG 20 at The Crocodile:  Goatwhore, Ringworm

AUG 20 at Highline: Lucifer, Spell, Sterling Serpent

AUG 31 at Substation: Holy Grove, Witch Ripper, more TBA

AUG 17 at El Corazon: Sanctuary, The Accursed AD, After the Fallout, Rivetskull

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

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

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

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

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

SEP 19 at WAMU Theater:  Ghost

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCT 14 at El Corazon: Immolation, Blood Incantation

OCT 15 at Showbox SoDo: Sabaton, Hammerfall

OCT 16 at Paramount Theater: BabyMetal, The Hu

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

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


  368 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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