The definitive guide to metal at SXSW 2015

Posted by on March 12, 2015

sxsw-2015Bigger and safer than ever, South by Southwest (or SXSW from here on) kicks off in Austin, TX later this week on Friday (interactive) and a few days after (3/17) for music. South by Southwest has grown from 700 attendees at the inaugural event in 1987 to last year’s 70,000-plus participants. The possibilities during SXSW are endless. Whether you are there for rock, rap, metal, or the latest underground films, there is something for everyone. And even though the festival isn’t focused on metal, there’s plenty for metalheads to enjoy.

In 2015, SXSW promises not only another solid year, but also vow to provide more security and a safer environment. After last year’s tragic drunk driving accident took the lives for four people and injured 21 others and Trash Talk’s “riot” took place, security has been beefed up, especially around curfew time.

Make sure to keep your eyes posted because shows can pop up at any time without warning. You’ll want to make sure to stay hydrated, have the proper footwear, and have an itinerary. However, here’s what to expect from a metal standpoint for showcases, day parties, panels and unofficial parties. From what has been announced so far this plans to be another killer year for shows. This will continue to be updated as we hear about more things happening, so consider this your unofficial guide to all things heavy in Austin.

(additional editorial – Milton Herman)

Saturday 3/14

Metal Monsters of Texas
Dirty Dog Bar
505 East 6th St.
Free Showcase

Critical Assembly – 12:15 AM
Memories in Broken Glass – 11:30 PM
Dead Earth Politics – 10:45 PM
Course of Ruin – 10:00 PM
Carry the Storm – 9:15 PM
Casket of Cassandra – 8:30 PM
Myra Maybelle – 7:45 PM
Green as Emerald – 7:00 PM
Cerebral Desecration – 6:15 PM
Fear Control – 5:30 PM

Thrash Pit VI ($5)
The Badlands
1203 Chicon St

Manifest Insanity – 9:15pm
Dead Now Evil – 10pm
Black Thorn Halo – 10:45pm
Southern Front – 11:30pm
All Opposed – 12:15am


Monday 3/16

American Icon Presents: Heavy Metal Cage Match
711 ½ Red River St

American Sharks – 1am
Eagle Claw – Midnight
Sweat Lodge – 11pm
White Mystery – 10pm
Clowns – 9pm
From Beyond – 8pm
Duel – 7pm
The Shrine – 6pm
Edler – 5:15pm
Green Beard – 4:30pm

Doors at 4pm: $12

Tuesday 3/17

Metal Panel:
A Conversation with Henry Rollins
12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room 18ABCD


Dirty Dog Bar
505 E 6th St

Excessum – 8pm
Venomous Maximus – 9pm
Unlocking the Truth – 10pm
Dead Earth Politics – 11pm
Royal Thunder – 12am
Betrayal – 1am

SXSW Heavy Metal Party Time From Hell!
Wounded Earth brings you a night of the heaviest metal from Texas and beyond!
The Lost Well
2421 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Duel – 8:00-8:30PM
Fogg (DFW) – 8:40-9:10PM
Project Armageddon (Houston) – 9:20-9:50PM
Crimson Devils – 10:00-10:30PM
The House Harkonnen (DFW) – 10:40-11:20PM
Mos Generator (Washington) – 11:30-12:10AM
Sabbath Crow – 12:20-1:00AM
The Blood Royale – 1:10-CLOSE

$10 21+ ONLY


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