With the interactive portion of the 27th annual SXSW festival kicking off today, downtown Austin is transforming into a shitshow of epic proportions. Literally thousands of bands, hundreds of vendors, countless other companies, and a four-story tall Doritos vending machine are transforming the usually semi-sedate streets of Austin into nine days of marketing, branding and music nirvana. And as Metalsucks contributor Corey Mitchell points out, the festival has gone from one where he put on the only metal showcase 15 years ago to one where you can literally surround yourself with metal throughout the whole festival.

With that in mind, we’re compiling a list of the metal goings-on at the convention for all those going. Keep in mind that the best thing you can do is put together a detailed schedule of all the day parties, showcases, and bands playing you want to see. And then keep it around somewhere, knowing that you’ll only be using it as a reference guide. This is a combination of official showcases, day parties, and we’ve also included the two panels on Friday that will most appeal to metal fans.


Tuesday, March 12

The Jr, 603 Red River Rd.

Ancient VVisdom, 9:oopm
Scorpion Child, 1:00am


Trick by Treatwest Fest

9pm – Beerland – 711 Red River

Gypsyhawk (12:45am),

Venomous Maximus (midnight),

Blood Royale (11:15pm),

Mutilation Rites (10:30pm),

War Master (9:45pm),

Communion (9pm)