Summer Slaughter Tour- St. Andrew’s Hall- August 5th – Get ready for the craziest in death metal and grindcore as the local heroes Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel headline this show. Also, make sure to check out Six Feet Under in their first area performance in 5 years as well. Check for my preview for this show tomorrow. (Tickets are $24.50, available at livenation.com.)
Rockstar Mayhem Tour- DTE Energy Music Theater- August 6th – The new version of OzzFest enters its fourth year and gives fans some good music to mosh to with some old school metal from Megadeth and Machine Head, as well as one of the few performances by Hatebreed this summer. For fans of the headliners in Disturbed- make sure to check them out- this could be the last Detroit performance for them. Period. Check for my preview for this show by Wednesday. (Tickets range from $25 to $60, available at palacenet.com).
Madball/Terror- Magic Stick- August 12th – This is day three of the Majestic Theater’s complex F—ing Awesome Fest, and with two hardcore legends taking over the Stick, you better hold on for dear life as things are gonna get broken in the pool hall/venue. (Tickets are $15, available at ticketmaster.com).
Dirt Fest- Birch Run Expo Center- August 13th – After a year off, Dirt Fest is back! The mid-Michigan metal/hard rock comes back with a lineup including All That Remains, Burn Halo and Times of Grace. Make sure to check out my upcoming interview with festival organizer Matt Dalton. (Tickets are $20, available at dirtfest.com.).
KMFDM- Crofoot Ballroom- August 15th – I’d personally like to thank the German industrial stars for finally moving away from Harpo’s and coming to a venue where I am more likely to have a car at the end of the night. The band will be kicking out their usual brand of heavy hitting beats and riffs. (Tickets are $20, available at ticketweb.com).
Volbeat- The Machine Shop- August 15th – After packing St. Andrew’s Hall back in March, the Danish metal-billy guys in Volbeat may have found the perfect venue for them in the Machine Shop- which the vibe of the venue and the guys look in the band seem to go hand in hand. Except another packed house. Check for my interview with lead singer Michael Poulsen here within the next week or so. (Tickets are $15, available at etix.com).
Carnival of Madness Tour- Royal Oak Theater- August 16th – Even though Shinedown coordinated this event last year, but is in the studio to record a new album-“Carnival of Madness” lives on for another year. This year, Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry round out the bill for a night of songs that the radio can’t get enough of. (Tickets are $32.50, available at tickets.com).
Amon Amarth- St. Andrew’s Hall- August 17th – We were bummed that the Swedish metal band missed out on their initial U.S. tour earlier this year, but we’re getting the chance to see them now. Expect to hear the band’s new album, “Surtur Rising” in it’s entirety in the first set , followed by the band’s punishing collection of songs in the second set. (Tickets are $17, available at livenation.com).
The Damned Things- St. Andrew’s Hall- August 21st – Keith Buckley, Scott Ian and the guys from Fall Out Boy (pictured) got a good reception when opening for Volbeat back in March, but are now here on their own. If you haven’t checked out their album, “Iconoclast”, please go check out one of, if not the best hard rock album of the last 12 months. (Tickets are $18, available at livenation.com).