View Full Version : Metal at SXSW 2012

02-23-2012, 08:07 PM
Do you…..
1. live in or near Austin?
2. plan on being in Austin the third week of March?
3. like (mostly) FREE shows?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then get your ass to SXSW this year for some great stuff. Here’s the metals I have found out about thus far:

Swamp’s 20th Anniversary Party (http://www.emosaustin.com/event/99085/)
Venue: Emo’s East
March 13th - Doors at 7pm
High On Fire
Star & Dagger
Eagle Claw

Pitchfork: Show No Mercy Showcase (http://pitchfork.com/news/45534-rwake-the-atlas-moth-black-tusk-deafheaven-pallbearer-to-play-show-no-mercy-austin-party/)
Venue: ND Studios
March 14th - Doors at 11:30am
The Atlas Moth
Black Tusk
KEN Mode
Mutilation Rites

Tone Deaf Showcase (http://relapserecords.tumblr.com/post/17446473817)
Venue: Dirty Dog
March 14th - Doors at 7pm
Corrosion of Conformity - 12:30am
Black Cobra - 11:30pm
Saviours - 10:30pm
Rwake - 9:30pm
A Storm of Light - 8:30pm
Zoroaster - 7:30pm

MetalSucks SXSDeath (http://www.metalsucks.net/2012/02/13/announcing-the-second-annual-metalsucks-south-by-south-death-sxsw-showcase/)
Venue: Barbarella Patio
March 14th - Doors at 7pm
High on Fire
Darkest Hour
Black Tusk
Holy Grail

Metal Alliance 2012 @ SXSW (http://metalalliancetour.com/tour-dates/)
Venue: Scoot Inn
March 15th - Doors at 7pm
The Faceless
Dying Fetus
Job For A Cowboy
3 Inches of Blood
Impending Doom

Some show with a fuckload of bands (http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=194675417299336&id=125976124183842)
Venue: The Annex at 1808
March 15th - Doors at 6pm
All Pigs Must Die
Kill the Client
Early Graves
Meek is Murder
Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire
Former Thieves
Code Orange Kids
Dead See
She Rides
The Atlas Moth
Sky Burial

Converse/Thasher Death Match (http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/02/brooklynvegan_s_3.html)
Venue: Scoot Inn
March 16th - Doors at Noon
High on Fire
Trash Talk
Black Cobra
Full of Hell
Dead in the Dirt

CVLT Nation Showcase (http://www.cvltnation.com/cvlt-nation-century-media-stumptown-coffee-present-a-sxsw-showcasefriday-march-16th-2012/)
Hosted by Mike IX Williams
Venue: The Longbranch Inn
March 16th - Doors at Noon
Andrew WK - 5:00-6:00pm
Nachtmystium - 4:00-4:40pm
The Atlas Moth - 3:00-3:40pm
Bruce Lamont - 2:25-2:55pm
Young and The Way - 1:50-2:20pm
Vestiges - 1:05-1:35pm
Enabler - 12:20-12:50pm

Motorbreath Entertainment Showcase (http://motorbreathshowcase-eorg.eventbrite.com/)
Venue: Betsy’s Bar
March 16th - Doors at 3pm
Bonded By Blood
Owl Witch
Last Word
Beyond the Blood
Imminent Descent

Prosthetic Records Showcase (http://prostheticrecords.com/?p=3269)
Venue: Valhalla
March 16th - Doors at 7pm
Scale the Summit - 1:00am
Holy Grail - 12:00am
Mutilation Rites - 11:00pm
Junius - 10:00pm
Primitive Weapons - 9:00pm
Last Chance to Reason - 8:00pm

Small Stone Records Showcase (http://www.smallstone.com/newsarticle.php?article=234)
Venue: Headhunters
March 16th - Doors at 7pm
Tia Carrera - 1:00am
Dixie Witch - 12:00am
Suplecs - 11:00pm
Lo-Pan - 10:00pm
Gozu - 9:00pm
Backwoods Payback - 8:00pm
Dwellers - 7:00pm

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Southern Lord/Thrasher Showcase (http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/02/announcing_the_1.html)
Venue: Scoot Inn
March 16th - Doors at 7pm
Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
All Pigs Must Die
KEN Mode
Young and In The Way

Scion and Prosthetic Present Death Comes Ripping (http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzvcsgvMhi1r5nn6xo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId =AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1330141912&Signature=V5tNj7pPwpbFq8zkO207oZxuURY%3D)
Venue: Longbranch Inn (21+)
March 17th - Doors at Noon
All Pigs Must Die
Kill The Client
Ancient VVisdom
Early Graves
Primitive Weapons
Mutilation Rites
Everything Went Black

Brooklyn Vegan Day Show (http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/02/announcing_the_2.html)
Venue: Lovejoy’s
March 17th - Doors at Noon
The Atlas Moth
Bruce Lamont
Mutilation Rites

Volcom's Free Beer Party (http://www.volcoment.com/news/article.asp?articleID=1007)
Venue: The Jackalope
March 17th - Doors at Noon
Riverboat Gamblers
Valient Thorr
Dirty Fences
Lovely Bad Things

I will add more as I find out about them.

02-23-2012, 09:14 PM
I really wanna go!

02-23-2012, 09:55 PM
The Friday converse one is:drool:

llama lom
02-23-2012, 10:10 PM
Holy fuck and a half, Batman!

02-23-2012, 10:24 PM
Holy shit, wish I could make SXSW

03-01-2012, 03:47 PM
Friday night showcase at Scoot Inn:


Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
All Pigs Must Die
KEN Mode
Young and In The Way

03-01-2012, 03:48 PM
Saturday, March 17
Volcom's Free Beer Party at Jackalope w/ Torche, Riverboat Gamblers, Valient Thorr, Dirty Fences, Lovely Bad Things - 12- 6pm


03-01-2012, 04:00 PM
Already had this one listed. derp

03-01-2012, 10:48 PM
Damn, some great bands. I would love to see the Pitchfork one.

03-02-2012, 06:47 AM
Damn, some great bands. I would love to see the Pitchfork one.Hell yes. That, or the Tone Deaf one, or the MetalSucks one, or...yeah. Fucking SXSW.

Some day, maybe... :bliss:

03-02-2012, 01:36 PM
The Sword added to the official Vans showcase Wednesday night at The Main (what/wherever that is). Also on the bill: Jimmy Cliff, Pennywise and FIDLAR. Odd combo...


03-02-2012, 01:48 PM
NEMHF has a day show at the MI Annex on Friday, March 16th and the lineup is:
Holy Grail
Cancer Bats
Molotov Solution
To Each His Own
To Speak Of Wolves
Surronded By Monts

Not really a great lineup, but there a few good bands thrown in there.

03-05-2012, 09:51 AM
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/426255_10150634337759886_6192564885_8779789_170307 7356_n.jpg

03-05-2012, 10:05 AM
This thread depresses me... :(

03-05-2012, 10:06 AM
I think I'm going to take Wednesday and Friday off of work. It's going to be a busy week.

03-05-2012, 10:46 AM
This thread depresses me... :(


Its just terrible knowing how much you have to miss out on.

03-05-2012, 11:39 AM
And to think MOST of the shows are free also.

03-05-2012, 12:01 PM
That helps. Thanks, man.

:bigfinger :finger:

03-05-2012, 12:21 PM
And to think MOST of the shows are free also.

Don't forget the free beer.

03-05-2012, 12:28 PM
Don't forget the free beer.

And free food.

03-05-2012, 12:40 PM
Author Corey Mitchell just posted a great list of all the 'non-official' metal parties at MetalSucks (http://www.metalsucks.net/2012/03/05/sxsw-12-the-metal-parties/). (aka the shit you definitely don't need a badge for)

03-12-2012, 06:26 PM
WTF Fest (http://www.wtffest.com/)
Venue: Ruta Maya
March 14th - Doors at Noon
John Sinclair (poet, author, activist)
Mike IX Williams (EHG vocalist, author)
Rick Shapiro (comedian)
Shane & Amy Bugbee (artists, filmmakers, MCs of the event)
Ugly Shyla (performance artist)
Dave Densmore (poet philosopher, fisherman)
Birth AD (crossover thrash metal)
Broken & Input (socially conscious hip-hop)
PyroPlasticFlow (experimental music set to projected visuals)
and more TBA

Unfortunately, WTF has been cancelled due to the Ruta Maya staff being dicks (or something like that - there's a note on their site under "Austin, TX").

03-12-2012, 06:44 PM
Unfortunately, WTF has been cancelled due to the Ruta Maya staff being dicks (or something like that - there's a note on their site under "Austin, TX").

Yeah, I saw that. That's too bad. I even put money in their Kickstarter. I've removed it from the first post.

03-13-2012, 02:48 PM
BBG's master list in case you missed something:


03-19-2012, 07:59 PM
I'm going to write up reviews for each day. I already did Tuesday in my High on Fire set list (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=19845). I bolded the names of the bands in the order I saw them if that makes sense...

The only thing that my lady really wanted to see at SXSW this year was Tycho, so the best time it seemed to catch him was Wednesday at 1:15pm over at Red 7. They had some free giveaways and free beer so we got there before noon to get in line and got into the venue with no problem. The first two bands were some hipster indie stuff that I found to be quite boring. Tycho (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL5VUqnfmEw) was a really interesting live show if you like ambient electronic music. After that we went and grabbed some pizza from a wood burning pizza oven food truck and then she went home while I headed to ND Studios for the Pitchfork Show No Mercy day party. Since Rwake had to cancel their SXSW appearances this year they moved Pallbearer to the headlining slot of the show. When I arrived Mutilation Rites and Pilgrim had already played and KEN Mode was on stage. This Canadian band plays a mix of post hardcore noise rock with a sludge bend that would appeal to fans of stuff that could range from Soilent Green to Dillinger Escape Plan. I actually only caught their last song, but I would later see a full set from them Friday night.

Deafheaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S08Af4fqso) played next and was one of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing. Their post-black metal borders on shoegaze at times, but ultimately retains a pretty raw black heart despite a clean production aesthetic. If Deafheaven on record does not entertain you their live show is not going to win you over; but existing fans of their material would really enjoy their scathing show. The day continued to provide a broad mix of sub-genres with the epic sludgy riffing of Black Tusk. These guys are always a blast and put on a great show. Their set included Brewing The Storm, Bring Me Darkness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieE2XEGfLHk), Set The Dial To Your Doom and Red Eyes Black Skies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaaSDLDMrWM). After Black Tusk finished I briefly chatted with metal journalist Grim Kim Kelly, she was in town slinging merch for COC and also on a SXSW music panel. I know some people online don’t care for her, but she has always been genuinely nice whenever I’ve talked to her at shows.

The Atlas Moth from Chicago were the next to play. Their set included several songs from last year’s excellent An Ache For The Distance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghh_V4DxQGw). The venue had some kind of video artists doing some really cool projections on one of the walls of the venue which went really well with some of the more psychedelic elements (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMyvu0-eU-w) of The Atlas Moth’s set.

The final set of this day party would be the first of three Pallbearer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHDAqgrJ4k4) shows I ended up seeing this week and that was not by accident. With their excellent debut full length out this year these guys are poised to be the new kings of American doom metal. Both brutally heavy and beautifully haunting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKACdmfdkO4), Pallbearer are a near religious experience to witness for those that worship at the altar of doom. During the beginning there were issues with their bass guitar amp head so the first song of the set was played without bass. They sorted out the issue before delving into their second song and the rest of the set sounded really good. I’m not sure how long the guys of Pallbearer have been playing together but they lock in with each other like a veteran touring band.

With that the show was over and my friend and I had to decide where we wanted to stand in line for the night show. He had missed the High on Fire show the night before and also really wanted to see Nachtmystium and I was interested in catching Intronaut for the first time; so we got in line at Barbarella for the MetalSucks showcase. We first lined up at the front door and were about the fourth and fifth in line and people started showing up behind us pretty quickly. Before long we were told that since the metal show was on the back patio that the line would be moved to the alley. Luckily the bouncer just told us at the front quietly so we could make our way around the building real quick and hold our front spots before the rest of the line could just bum rush the new entrance. As this was an official SXSW showcase they initially only allowed in badge holders and then wristband purchasers next through most of Monstro’s set. Eventually official SXSW staff did a headcount and they figured out how many tickets they could actually sell at the door and we got in for $13 as Monstro finished their last song. Next the young kids of Holy Grail played some serious old school thrash with metal vests worn as armor with a flurry of guitars and hair. They were alright. Rob of Metal Injection was shooting HD videos of at least a few of the bands, so hopefully some of that video shows up on their site this week.

Onto the second Black Tusk performance of the day. I’m pretty sure they played an identical set, but they sounded as good as they could at this place and I took some much needed sit down time. The price of beer at this place was totally out of control, which ultimately worked in my favor because it limited to me only one all night. The unfortunate thing about some of the venues during SXSW is that they are not always music venues and are somewhat thrown together, therefore not resulting in the best sound. After struggling through a soundcheck with a lot of feedback issues Intronaut eventually took the stage. They opened with The Literal Black Cloud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNkRnMGEHVY), which I know could have sounded really excellent fell a little flat with the sound that this venue could muster. I would really love the chance to see them again at a better venue. Nachtmystium were up next and while they also were having some serious problems with sound as well they were able to just power through with ripping black metal that incited some of the first real pits of the night. Their set included Assassins, Addicts, Ashes To Ashes, Hellish Overdose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88UFTS39Gz8) and Ghosts Of Grace.

Washington DC’s Darkest Hour thrashing set of melodic death metal brought the biggest pits of the night to the floor. Amongst other songs they played Savor The Kill, Violent By Nature, No God (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJnkBgrYiIs) and With A Thousand Words To Say But One. Frontman John Henry really knows how to command a crowd. Finally the house was packed with quite a few non metal SXSW badge holders that had clearly caught wind that High On Fire was well worth checking out. Unfortunately the sound problems came back with full force and after another long sound check Matt Pike and company hit the stage close to 1am. Vocals cut out a bit but the sound eventually got better over the course of a few songs. I was exhausted after seeing 3 new songs as well as Devilution before I headed home to pass out since I had to work the next day.

03-19-2012, 08:11 PM

03-19-2012, 11:30 PM
Thanks for the reviews. Rwake not playing makes me feel a little better about missing this year's fest but I'm still bummed I didn't make a trip over.

03-20-2012, 06:09 AM
High on Fire
KEN Mode
Black Tusk
The Atlas Moth
NachtmystiumI thoroughly and utterly hate you with every fiber of my being. :mad: :flame: :finger2:

03-20-2012, 04:11 PM
I thoroughly and utterly hate you with every fiber of my being. :mad: :flame: :finger2:

Awww. Thanks. That was only one day's worth of bands.

After a long work day it was after 9pm before I was ready to head back downtown. I knew it would be too late to check out Shining as they were playing an official showcase at a small club downtown. I also knew I had already missed Speedwolf and The Atlas Moth at the show at Club 1808, which is a solid 30 minute walk from the rest of the festival. So for Thursday night I decided to head to Beerland for the Chaos In Tejas sponsored show. When I arrived Screaming Females were just starting to set up their equipment. I decided to walk around the corner to HoŽk’s Death Metal Pizza to grab a slice and check out Bult (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D96BbE5TFpo) from Sweden. One of the best backups for any metalhead at SXSW who might not be able to get into a show they want is always Death Metal Pizza. All throughout the festival they have metal going all day and night on their back patio free for 21+ and maybe $5 for under 21. You aren’t going to see big names here, but always solid locals and all kinds of random up and coming bands.

When I made it back to Beerland Screaming Females (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plnmLd8Y4E) were playing their last couple songs. The next band to play was crossover hardcore thrash punk band Power Trip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vINIWTyBrX0) from Dallas. This was a 21+ show so there it was nice that there were no ninja kids and the moshing that went on looked like legit thrashing fun. Ohio’s Ringworm were up next and play music very much in the same vein as Power Trip with a more metal edge and seem to be an Austin favorite as they always bring some out some rabid fans. More on Ringworm in the Friday review.

In comparison to the previous bands things slowed to a crawl when Pallbearer’s doom dirge kicked in. This ended up being the best sounding of the Pallbearer shows I attended. Since this wasn’t an official SXSW show they had more than just 30 minutes and they played at least four if not all five of the 8 plus minute songs from their debut Sorrow And Extinction. The vocals are just as moving in person as they are on record and the overall sound is even heavier live.

Finally the California stoner riff machine of Saviours (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqKZK4CV35U) headlined the night and were great icing on this cake of a lineup. Overall a great night for only a $5 cover. After four or five songs I started the 20 or so minute walk to the Lamar street pedestrian bridge for the 2am show with Regents, Narrows, Darkest Hour and Sleepytime Trio. By the time I made my way over to the bridge there was already a small sea of black t-shirts amassed. After a little bit of setup Regents played a few songs for the late night crowd. They worked quickly to get Narrows set up as if they knew the minutes were numbered. Narrows played a few absolutely ripping hardcore death metal crossover numbers before cops showed up and peacefully had the crowd disperse with no altercations that I saw. I guess blasting metal on a pedestrian bridge after 2am won’t fly even during SXSW and the once-rowdy crowd was exhausted enough to head home without incident.