The music lover’s March Madness is descending upon Austin, Texas in less than two weeks. That’s right: the 26th annual SXSW Music and Film Conference takes over Central Texas for nine days of beer, BBQ, and bands. With more than 1,100 official showcase bands, more than 200 films, untold numbers of tacos, and a fuck-ton of killer metal shows, the 2012 version is shaping up to be a great year for fans of the darker side of entertainment. Maybe it has something to do with those damned Mayans….

As I do every year, I am providing my fellow intrepid metalheads with the ultimate guide for all of your metallic needs at SXSW. The official showcases, the metal panels, the metal day parties, and even the headbangin’ cinema. It’ll all be here over the next couple of days and updated right before the festival kicks off on March 9. I will provide links to each official SXSW segment (showcases, panels, films) that will be constantly updated, as bands are known to be dropped and/or added at the last moment, so keep checking back in with this post.

This year is a major boondoggle for metal at SXSW — Metalliance (DevilDriver, The Faceless, 3 Inches of Blood, etc.) is strolling in on Thursday, March 15. They will be joined by a Prosthetic Records showcase (Last Chance To Reason, Junius, Scale The Summit) on Friday, March 16, and, of course, MetalSucks’ very own official South By South Death showcase will kicks things off on Wednesday, March 14 at the Barbarella Patio with Monstro, Holy Grail, Black Tusk, Intronaut, Nachtmystium, Darkest Hour, and High On Fire.

There will also be performances from industrial metal legends Skrew, post-black metallers Deafheaven, a Pepper Keenan-less Corrosion Of Conformity, punk godfathers FEAR, one of my 2011 Bleeders’ KEN mode, Star & Dagger (White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult’s all-female trio), a free show by The Cult, and so much more.

The entire schedule (as it currently stands) is included below. I’ve also thrown in several Spotify playlists for the package shows and more at the end.

Remember to revisit my 2012 SXSW Metal Showcase link closer to the festival for the most current schedule updates.

Stay tuned for more information on metal panels (including yours truly joining up with Clown from Slipknot and Mike IX William from Eyehategod), metal-friendly films, and the ever popular “day parties,” where the riff-raff (AKA the 99%) can usually see most of these same bands for free!!

Have fun and come say “Hi” to me if you’re in Austin.





10:00 PM 

Ume – The Bat Bar
Dax Riggs – Hotel Vegas

11:00 PM
Scorpion Child – Hotel Vegas

sleepmakeswaves – Headhunters Patio


MetalSucks presents:
South by South Death 2012
with additional support from Metal Injection, Metal Insider, Peavey and Ddrum
Barbarella Patio
615 Red River (@ E. 7th)

7:15: MonstrO
8:00: Holy Grail
8:45: Black Tusk
9:30: Intronaut
10:15: Nachtmystium
11:15: Darkest Hour
12:15: High on Fire

Tone Deaf Touring Showcase
Dirty Dog Bar
505 E. 6th St.

7:30: Zoroaster
8:30: A Storm of Light
9:30: Rwake
10:30: Saviours
11:30 Black Cobra
12:30: Corrosion of Conformity

Other bands playing around town:

8:00: Star & Dagger – Headhunters Patio

8:25: Sixteen Deluxe – Austin Music Hall

9:40: The Calm Blue Sea – Trinity Hall

11:00: Turbogeist – Latitude 30

11:00: Bruce Lamont – Stephen F’s Bar

MidnightWitchburn – Headhunters Patio

Midnight: Trash Talk – Lustre Pearl

1:00 AM: This Will Destroy You – Swan Dive

1:00 AM: Cancer Bats – Latitude 30

1:20 AM: Ume – Trinity Hall


The Metal Alliance Tour
Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th St.

12:00 Thrasher Death Match
8:00 Job For A Cowboy
8:45 Dying Fetus
9:35 The Faceless
10:30 DevilDriver
11:45 Impending Doom
12:30AM 3 Inches of Blood
1:15AM Wretched

Red 7 Patio
611 E. 7th St.

8:00: Amoral
9:00: Spirits of the Dead
10:00: Freshkills
11:00: Hull
1:00: FEAR

FIM / Metal Hammer 
Dirty Dog Bar
505 E. 6th St.

8:00 Motionless In White
9:00 The Interbeing
10:00 Shining (Norway)
11:00 The Defiled
12:00AM Audrey Horne
1:00AM Skindred

5B Management
The Jr.
603 Red River

7:30: Turbogeist
9:10: Trivium

Other bands playing around town:

8:00: Primitive Weapons – Barbarella Patio

11:20: Blackburner – Speakeasy Kabaret

11:20: Crystal Antlers – The Bat Bar

11:20: Tommy Stinson – Lamberts

1:00 AM: Skrew – The Jr

1:00 AM: Valient Thorr – tenOak

1:00 AM: FEAR – Red 7 Patio

1:00 AM: Andrew W.K. – Beauty Bar Backyard


Small Stone Records
Headhunters Patio
720 Red River (E. 8th St. entrance)

7:00 Dwellers
8:00 Backwoods Payback
9:00 Gozu
10:00 Lo-Pan
12:00AM Dixie Witch
1:00AM Tia Carrera

BrooklynVegan/Power of the Riff/Trasher
Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th St.

12:00 Thrasher Death Match
8:00 Young and in the Way
8:40 Enabler
9:20 KEN mode
10:05 Narrows
11:00 All Pigs Must Die
12:00AM Ringworm

Prosthetic Records
710 Red River

8:00 Last Chance To Reason
9:00 Primitive Weapons
10:00 Junius
11:00 Mutilation Rites
12:00AM Holy Grail
1:00AM Scale The Summit

BD Riley’s
204 E. 6th St.

12:00 Full Irish Breakfast
7:00 Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
9:00 The dB’s
10:00 Complete
11:00 The Flying Eyes
12:00AM Royal Thunder
1:00AM Early Graves

Other bands playing around town:

7:30: Constantina – The Loft

8:00: Dope Body – The Whiskey Room

8:45: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – The Jr

11:10: Chelsea Wolfe – The Bat Bar

11:45: Chelsea Grin – The Jr

12:30 AM:Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman (Occupy SXSW Show) – Swan Dive

1:00 AM: Deafheaven – The Bat Bar

1:00 AM: Jesse Malin – Cedar Street Courtyard

1:00 AM: Breathe Carolina – Dirty Dog Bar


8:00 PM
The Cult – Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake) – FREE SHOW
Ceremony – Red 7 Patio

9:00 PM
Forever The Sickest Kids – Dirty Dog Bar

Bestial Mouths – Hotel Vegas

Balaclavas – The Hideout

10:00 PM
Yuppie Pricks – Treasure Island

10:15 PM
Dead Letter Circus – Soho Lounge

10:40 PM
OFF! – Club de Ville

11:00 PM
Torche – The Loft

11:30 PM
Pennywise – Club de Ville

Tommy Stinson – The Whiskey Room

1:00 AM
Peelander-Z – Treasure Island



Wednesday 3/14

SXSW – MetalSucks Showcase 2012

SXSW – Tone Deaf Touring Showcase 2012


Thursday 3/15

SXSW – Metalliance 2012

SXSW – Metal Hammer Showcase 2012


Friday 3/16

SXSW – Prosthetic Showcase 2012

SXSW – Brooklyn Vegan/Power of the Riff Showcase 2012

SXSW – Small Stone Records Showcase 2012



SXSW – Non-package Showcase Metal Bands 2012


– CM

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