Scouring the massive list of artists playing this year's SXSW can be overwhelming, especially when there's not a lot of info on some of the new bands out there. It's hard to even know who's worth seeing, and using band names as a guide will inevitably lead to disappointment (Doomtree are surprisingly not a metal band). That's where Spinner comes in. We've broken down some of the best metal acts playing the festival this year so that when you're not busy checking out More or Les, Jamie Woon and Thee Oh Sees, you'll have a sure-fire way of knowing where to get your metal fix.
Wed., March 16, 8:50PM CT at Headhunters (720 Red River St.)
While the Pittsburgh outfit is closer to hardcore than metal, Slices will not disappoint. If you enjoy heavy, noisy, chaotic music, then they're the best thing since, uh, sliced bread. Also, be sure to head over to Habana Bar afterward, as there's a whole lineup of progressive metal acts playing, led by Animals as Leaders. The solo project of eight-string guitar player Tosin Abasi (yes, we said eight-string), AaL are as much of a pleasure to watch as they are to hear.
Full Metal Texas
Thu., March 17 at Emo's (603 Red River St.)
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Brooklyn Vegan is hosting its cinematically titled heavy metal day party for the third year in a row. The bands on the bill aren't all that diverse, but it is called Full Metal Texas, after all. Taking over the much-loved Emo's venue will be the likes of All Pigs Must Die, Elysion Fields, Better Left Unsaid and Hull.
Arabrot and Agalloch
Thu., March 17, 8:15PM/11:45PM CT at Barbarella Patio (615 Red River St.)
The former is a noise-rock band from Norway who expertly emulate sludge-rock masters the Jesus Lizard (even down to David Yow's caterwaul), while Agalloch are a black metal band from Portland, Ore., who released one of the best BM records of last year. Both bands are conveniently playing at the Barbarella Patio.
Fri., March 18, 1:15AM CT at Dirty Dog (505 East 6th St.)
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Friday night is shaping up to be a hot one. '90s alt-metallers Helmet are headlining the night, but the real treat should be seeing doom-metal godfathers Saint Vitus hit the stage. Spinner fave Kylesa and newcomers Red Fang fill out the lineup, with the latter being one of the most promising metal acts to play SXSW this year. They're definitely a band to keep your eye on.
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