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


JAN 24 at Clock-Out Lounge: Heiress, Witch Ripper, Deadkill

JAN 25 at Clock-out Lounge: Sandrider, Fucked and Bound, Tacos!, Cat Toy

JAN 26 at Black Lodge: Transient, Savage, Impulse Noise, Disease

JAN 29 at Highline: Ether Covem, Barishi, Outlier

FEB 1 at Funhouse: Wacken Metal Battle 2020 (Sin Circus, Krystos, South Kitsap Infidels, Machinery of the Universe, Octopus Attacks, Shark, and more)

FEB 10 at El Corazon: Soulfly, Toxic Holocaust, X-Method, Madzilla, HAnds of Deliverance, Twasmonaut

FEB 11 at El Corazon: Ingested, Visceral Disgorge, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Cabal, Autumnus, Cut Both Ways

FEB 12 at El Corazon: Ross the Boss, Greyhawk, Locistellar, Rivetskull

FEB 15 at Funhouse: Wacken Metal Battle 2020 (Xoth, Blood and Thunder, Siren’s Rain, Living In False Eyes, Rain Devil, and more)

FEB 16 at El Corazon: Vale of Pnath, Gorod, Wolf King, Aphelion, Pound

FEB 22 at Azoth (Portland): Panopticon and Aerial Ruin (record release show), and Mike Scheidt (YOB)

FEB 23 at Highline: Thief, To End It All, Jason Walton, Headstone Brigade

FEB 25 at Club Sur: Vader, Abysmal Dawn, Hideous Divinity

FEB 28 at Highline: Thor, Solicitor, Greyhawk, Point Zero

MAR 3 at Showbox SoDo: Black Label Society, Obituary, Lord Dying

MAR 3 at The Laser Dome (Pacific Science Center): Uniform & The Body

MAR 4 at Substation: Blackwater Holylight, Witch Ripper

MAR 5 at Showbox: Refused, METZ, Youth Code

MAR 7 at Funhouse: Year of the Cobra, deathCAVE, Old Iron, Old Dirty Buzzard

MAR 16 at El Corazon: Carnifex, 3Teeth, The Browning, Skold

MAR 17 at Showbox:  Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper, Idle Hands

MAR 18 at El Corazon: The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Chamber, Fuming Mouth, Asema

MAR 22 at El Corazon: Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, Imperial Triumphant, Blood Atonement (and more)

MAR 24 at Funhouse: Today Is the Day, Child Bite

MAR 25 at El Corazon: Bad Omens, Oh Sleeper, Thousands Below, Bloodline, Clay City

MAR 26 at El Corazon: The Three Tremors, Suite Clarity, Greyhawk

MAR 28 at Showbox SoDo: Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Light the Torch

MAR 29 at El Corazon: Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Seven Spires, Aphelion, Locistellar

MAR 30 at El Corazon: Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Enterprise Earth, Aversions Crown, Une Misére

MAR 31 at El Corazon: We Came As Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon, Dayseeker

APR 1 at El Corazon: Fleshgod Apocalypse (featuring The Veleno Classical Quartet), The Agonist

APR 6 at El Corazon: Fit For A King, Chelsea Grin, Crystal Lake, Alpha Wolf

APR 6 at Club Sur:  Origin, Beneath the Massacre, Defeated Sanity, Wake

APR 7 at El Corazon: Pro-Pain

APR 20 at El Corazon: Powerglove, Immortal Guardian

MAY 1 at Neumos: Deafheaven, Inter Arma, All Your Sisters

MAY 14 at Showbox: Apocalyptica, Lacuna Coil

MAY 14 at El Corazon: Swallow the Sun, Infected Rain, Wheel

MAY 14 at Club Sur: Monuments, Skyharbor, Vespera, After the Fallout, Damn the Flood

MAY 26 at El Corazon: Between the Buried and Me

MAY 29 at El Corazon: Flotsam & Jetsam, Hands of Deliverance

JUN 1 at El Corazon: Symphony X, Primal Fear, Firewind

JUN 8 at El Corazon: Caligula’s Horse, Moon Tooth, EbonIvory

JUN 20 at Highline: Axegrinder

JUL 1 at Showbox SoDo: Ministry, KMFDM, Front Line Assembly

SEP 12 at El Corazon: Amaranthe, Battle Beast, Seven Spires

SEP 26 at El Corazon: Hammerfall, Beast In Black, Edge of Paradise


  377 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.

    • Thanks for catching that goof. I’ve fixed the date now — and yes, Tesseract is still listed as performing on the Studio Seven web site.

  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