The MetalSucks Guide to SXSW 2013: The Metal Showcases

  • Corey Mitchell

MetalSucks South by South Death 2013 SXSW

This post lists official SXSW showcases only. For our list of unofficial shows and day parties at SXSW 2013, click here.

Each year, I’ve commented on how SXSW has made valiant efforts to increase the level and scope of metal bands playing the festival. In the distant past, it was nearly impossible to get any metal bands into SXSW.

Twenty-plus years ago, I organized a non-sanctioned showcase in an old dollar movie theater off Riverside Drive to bring attention to the likes of metal bands such as Deadhorse, Agony Column, and Insecticide. Fifteen years ago, I helped organize the only official metal showcase at SXSW, which featured Fear Factory, Earth Crisis, 16 Volt, and more.

Nowadays, there is metal everywhere at SXSW.

There are official showcases every night. Day parties with free booze and BBQ are a highlight for those who cannot afford the insanely expensive badges or are not lucky enough to score one of the limited number of wristbands. There are official panels hosted at the Austin Convention Center like the one I moderated last year with Clown from Slipknot and Mike IX from Eyehategod about heavy metal album artwork. Hell, Metallica even played a so-called “secret” show at Stubbs BBQ a few years ago. Metal and SXSW now fit like a hand inside a comfortably spiked glove.

This year, however, is a bit different. While the number of metal bands playing official showcases is massive, the name value overall is down quite a bit this year. Of course, that also means that there are plenty of new, potentially up-and-coming bands that you should check out now before they make it big later.

Be sure to check out some curveballs while you’re there too, such as Maximum Hedrum, an electronica duo featuring Derrick Green from Sepultura on vocals; Family, a Brooklyn classic rock/proggy metal outfit featuring our very own Kip Wingerschmidt; and Baroness front man John Baizley doing his solo thing.

Oh, and there’s some little shindig known as South By South Death… heard it might be cool.

Stay tuned in the coming days for our lists of metal day parties, metal films and metal panels at SXSW 2013.

Tuesday, March 12


Metal & Lace Lounge – 720 Red River St. (21+)

Skrew (1:00am)
Fed Of Me (12:00am)
Brutal Juice (11:00am)
Assacre (9:00pm)

Miscellaneous Metal

Ancient VVisdom – The Jr. – E. 6th and Red River (9pm)

Wednesday, March 13


Last Call with Carson Daly presents – Cedar St. Courtyard – 208 W. 4th St. (21+)

Maximum Hedrum – (feat. Derrick Green of Sepultura) (10:00pm)

Metal & Lace Lounge – 720 Red River St. (21+)

A Life Once Lost (1:00am)
Massive Scar Era (12:00am)

Metal Wreckage presents – Six Lounge – 117 W. 4th St. (21+)

Call Of The Void (12:30am)
Power Trip (11:30pm)
Junius (10:30pm)
Pinkish Black (9:30pm)
A Life Once Lost (8:30pm)

Miscellaneous Metal 

Farzad Golpayegani’s Band – Headhunters Patio – 720 Red River St. (12:00am)

SXSW Free Show

Heaven’s Basement – Avenue on Congress Rooftop – 408 Congress Ave. (1:00am)

Thursday, March 14


MetalSucks presents South By South Death – Dirty Dog Bar – 505 E. 6th St. – (21+)

Goatwhore (12:40am)
Norma Jean (11:35pm)
Royal Thunder (10:35pm)
KEN Mode (9:40pm)
Howl (8:45pm)
Gypsyhawk (8:00pm)

The End presents – Hickory Street – 800 Congress Ave. – (21+)

Scott Lucas & The Married Men (Local H’s Lucas) (12:00am)
Pushmen (9:00pm)

Pitchfork presents – 1100 Warehouse – 1100 E. 5th St. – (All Ages)

Pissed Jeans (9:20pm)

Small Stone presents – Headhunters Patio – 720 Red River St. – (21+)

Suplecs (1:00am)
Wo Fat (10:00pm)

Sumerian Records & Friends Showcase – The House of Blues Annex – E. 6th St and Red River (6:30pm)

Upon a Burning Body
Betarying the Martyr
City in the Sea
Fever Dreamer
Ice Nine Kills
To Each His Own

Miscellaneous Metal 

Hosoi Bros – Metal & Lace Lounge  – 720 Red River – (7:00pm)
Maximum Hedrum – (feat. Derrick Green of Sepultura) The Main – 603 Red River St. – (8:00pm)

Friday, March 15


The Agency Group & Raw Power presents – Dirty Dog Bar – 505 E. 6th St. – (21+)

Lacuna Coil (1:00am)
Of Mice & Men (11:00pm)

The Jr. – 603 Red River – (21+)

Attomica (1:00am)
Ancestor (12:00am)
Agonizer (11:00pm)
Eminence (9:00pm)
Escape (8:00pm)

Live Nation presents – The Belmont – 305 W. 6th St. – (21+)

Andrew W.K. (8:15pm)

Tone Deaf Touring presents – Red 7 – 611 E. 7th St. – (All ages)

Orange Goblin (12:30am)
Mondo Generator (11:30pm)
Today Is The Day (10:30pm)
Young Widows (9:30pm)
KEN Mode (8:45pm)
The Gates Of Slumber (7:45pm)

Miscellaneous Metal 

Maximum Hedrum – (feat. Derrick Green of Sepultura) Doritos Bold Stage – 500 Red River St. – (10:00pm)
Family – Headhunters Patio – 720 Red River St. – (10:40pm)
Andrew W.K. – Clive Bar – 609 Davis St. – (11:00pm)
Clutch – 1100 Warehouse – 1100 E. 5th St. – (12:15am)
Nik Turner (ex-Hawkwind) – Rebels Honky Tonk – 305 W. 5th St. – (12:30am)
Trash Talk – Mohawk Outdoor – 912 Red River – (1:15am)

Saturday, March 16


Brooklyn Vegan presents – The North Door – 502 Brushy St. (21+)

Pallbearer (1:00am)
John Baizley (Baroness) – (12:00am)
Mutilation Rites (11:00pm)
Full Of Hell (10:00pm)
Pinkish Black (9:00pm)
Homewrecker (8:00pm)

Chaos in Tejas presents – Red 7 – 611 E. 7th St. – (All ages)

Iron Lung (11:15pm)
Power Trip (10:30pm)

Relapse presents – Red 7 Patio – 611 E. 7th St. – (All ages)

Black Tusk (12:55am)
Royal Thunder (11:55pm)
ASG (10:55pm)
Howl (9:55pm)
Inter Arma (8:55pm)
Call Of The Void (8:00pm)

Miscellaneous Metal

Retox – Scoot Inn – 1308 E. 4th St. – (11:00pm)
Feral Future – Headhunters Patio – 720 Red River – (12:00am)
Whirr – The Velveeta Room – 521 E. 6th St. – (1:00am)

Don’t forget to purchase your Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival badges today! Bands announced so far: Down, Crowbar, Phil H. Anselmo & The Illegals. Austin, TX, October 25-27, 2013.

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