Let’s take a trip down the black brick road and look at the awesome shows coming to the area during the next couple of months. I’ll give you the info for the shows, and a run down on what the bands are like.

  • March 3 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
    Protest the Hero – Progressive, technical metal with a sense of humor, and recent explosion in popularity.
    Battlecross – Michigan’s own “blue collar thrash metal” is basking in their own explosion with spots on major tours.
    The Safety Fire – Progressive metal with a newer edge and cleaner vocals.
    Also on the show: Intervals and Night Versus Metal Venues The Intersection
  • March 4 at The Intersection [GR] $18 / All-Ages
    Between the Buried and Me – Technical metal that goes from ambient and melodic to total death and destruction in mere seconds. Interesting and complex. You’ve gotta experience this live.
    Deafheaven – Black metal, often instrumental and always dark with the classic black metal vocal sytle. Their latest album made many of ‘The Best of 2013’ lists.
    Intronaut – Progressive metal with an infusion of prog rock and even jazz. I can’t wait to see them live.
    Also on the show: The Kindred
  • March 7 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
    The Sword – Doom metal with a stonery, groovy, rocker feel. If you like Clutch or Monster Magnet, check out The Sword. As it is said: “Chicks love The Sword.”
    Big Business – Sludgy, dirty metal with a badass drummer and great melodic vocal style.
    O’Brother – Experimental, ambient metal, perfect to open a show – or sooth your hangover.
  • March 9 at The Intersection [GR] $16 / All-Ages
    Motionless in White – Metalcore with a dark, theatrical side and very high energy.
    Like Moths to Flames – Metalcore that’s got the modern, bouncy thing going on.
    The Plot in You – More metalcore, but on the heavier side of it, a little darker and more intense.
    Also on the show: The Defiled
  • March 20 at The Intersection [GR] $13 / All-Ages
    Veil of Maya – Deathcore with some melodic and even black metal pieces, they have that ‘Djent’ sounding bass.
    Reflections – Technical deathcore with that bass again; if you like the sounds of Meshuggah, you should be at this show.
    Erra – Progressive metalcore with a mix of clean and screaming vocal styles.
    Also on the show: Oceans Over Earth
  • April 4 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
    Iced Earth – Old school power metal veterans, they’ve got a new album out and haven’t hit GR in years.
    Sabaton – Power metal from Sweden that sings of battle. Helmets are encouraged at the show.
    Revamp – Symphonic metal from The Netherlands, with a chick singer. Be prepared to get blown away.

If you’re in the mood for a road trip to the East Side of the Metal Mitten check out one or more of these shows…

  • Animals as Leaders, After the Burial
    March 6 at Saint Andrew’s Hall [DET] $18 / All-Ages
  • Children of Bodom, Death Angel
    March 24 at Saint Andrew’s Hall [DET] $20 / All-Ages
  • Emmure, Volumes, Thy Art is Murder, Gideon, Sworn In
    March 19 at The Magic Stick [DET] I can’t find details on this one; someone show The Magic Stick how to run a Facebook page.
  • Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red
    March 29 at The Royal Oak Music Theater [DET] $25 / All-Ages
  • Dream Theater
    April 4 at The Fillmore [DET] (not sure on ticket prices, the link is broken)
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, Shining
    April 10 at The Crofoot [PONT] $20 / All-Ages

Keep up with all the shows in your area with the full concert calendar at MoshPitnation.com