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TONIGHT: The Fourth Annual MetalSucks South by Southwest Showcase, Featuring Animals as Leaders and More!!!

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Incredibly super-sweet art by Mike Wohlberg
Incredibly super-sweet art by Mike Wohlberg

First of all: yes, our showcase is called “South by South Death,” as it has been for the past four years. We’re aware that in light of this week’s tragedy, this now seems gauche. Obviously, we meant no offense when we first thought of the name in 2011, and at this point, it’s too late to change it. We mean absolutely no offense, and our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of those who lost their lives on Wednesday night.

Regardless of the fact that these horrible circumstances now make us wish we had called our show almost anything else, that show will go on. And we’re confident it’s going to be great.

We’ve always strived to bring capital-M metal to SXSW in a big, big way, in past years booking acts like High on Fire, Goatwhore, Kvelertak, and Red Fang… and this year is no different! We’ve lined up another real doozy of a bill for ya: instrumental icons Animals as Leaders will headline, with support coming from Sumeriancore OGs After the Burial, hardcore heavyweights Ringworm, not one by TWO supergroups in the form of Iron Reagan (featuring current and former members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour) and Mutoid Man (featuring members of Cave In and Converge), PLUS perennial MetalSucks faves Whores and East of the Wall. HOLY CRAP, what an amazing group of bands!!!

It’s going to be THE most metal party at SXSW 2014. It all goes down tonight, Friday, Marcy 14 at 7 pm at The Dirty Dog. Admission is free to SXSW badge holders and wristband wearers, and a limited number of spots will be open to general public at the door day-of for a price TBD (between $10-$15 in years past). DO NOT MISS IT!!!

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