While it’s likely that all you dedicated metalheads out there go to shows all year long, it can get annoying during the winter months. You’re torn between freezing to death outside in the cold with no jacket or waiting seven eternities in the coat check line. Even worse, trying to hold your jacket in the pit. *shudders*

Mercifully, warmth is upon us and DC will be moshing all summer long. Check out these brutal brain bashing tours rolling through your area this summer and let us know on Twitter which ones we’ll see you at!

June 14th | Deftones/Rise Against/Thrice/Three Trapped Tigers | MGM National Harbor

the Deftones

Okay, so this might not actually be a metal tour, but Deftones and Thrice have long been near-universally revered throughout the metal community. Both bands have made hefty contributions to the heavy(ish) music scene are are still killing it with over 40 years in combined touring experience. We also acknowledge that this show is not actually in DC, but it’s a mere hop and a skip away, and will totally be worth the short trip.

June 17th | Metanium/Rat Infested | The Pinch


There is nothing more metal than supporting your local thrashers at a small, sweaty bar. Go to this show and tell your friends you saw Metanium live before anyone knew who they were. Plus, a cursory glance at Google reviews of The Pinch reveals that the place has “an alright selection on tap.” What more could you ask for?!

June 22nd | Gorguts/Defeated Sanity/Exist | The Metro Gallery Baltimore


One of the few technical death metal bands that have actually figured out how to write songs instead of riff salads, Gorguts bring it live. The band, fronted by the gifted Luc Lemay, has only become more off the walls avant-garde since their formation in the late ’80s. For fans of dizzying musicianship only.

July 12th | Galactic Empire/Danger Kids | Ottobar

Galactic Empire

Once again people are losing their minds over Star Wars. Fandom inspired by the series take a unique form here in the shape of Galactic Empire, a band who plays metallicized versions of classic Star Wars music while in full garb. Show up and help them eradicate the Rebellion in the pit.

July 14th | Darkest Hour/Havok | Rock & Roll Hotel

Darkest Hour

Fresh off the release of one of our (and Metalsucks) top albums of the year, Darkest Hour are making a triumphant homecoming. It’s pretty remarkable how hard this band still brings it after nearly 25 years.

September 6th | Pallbearer/GosT | The Metro Gallery Baltimore


It’s not often a doom band receives recognition from Pitchfork and NPR. So, when it happens we take notice. While it may not be metal to win “Best New Music” status from Pitchfork, the praise here is well deserved. Although not a single track from their debut album was shorter than eight minutes, the songs are so expertly crafted that you rarely notice the length.

September 22nd | Between the Buried and Me/The Contortionist | Baltimore Sound Stage

Between the Buried and Me

Nothing like closing out the summer with a bang. For the tenth anniversary of their album Colors, Between the Buried and Me will be playing the project in all of its progressive glory. I can’t think of a better bang to go out with than seeing one of metal’s premier acts play their magnum opus in its entirety.

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