Metal events you don’t wanna miss – spring 2018

As the weather warms and festival season approaches, we Hellbound folks are looking ahead to some of the significant metal events coming up this spring. If we’ve missed a fest or other metal gathering you’re looking forward to, let us know. Have a submission for the summer edition of this list? Speak up in the comments!


Remaining preliminary rounds

Sat, March 31 – Piranha Bar, Montreal

Sat, April 14 – Source de La Martiniere, Quebec City

Remaining final rounds

SOUTHERN ONTARIO FINAL: Sat, March 24 – Hard Luck, Toronto

WESTERN CANADA FINAL: Fri, April 6 – Dickens Pub, Calgary

QUEBEC FINAL: Fri, April 27 – Piranha Bar, Montreal

EASTERN CANADA FINAL: Sat, May 12 – Piranha Bar, Montreal



Covenant Montreal: March 29-31 – Salla Rossa

Malokarpatan, Dead Congregation, The Ruins of Beverast…

Covenant Vancouver: June 21-23 – Rickshaw Theatre

Blasphemy, Incantation, Black Witchery…

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest

March 31-April 1 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

At the Gates, Monster Magnet, Carcass, Mayhem…

Trois-Rivières Metalfest

April 6-7 – Amphithéâtre Cogeco – Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Cattle Decapitation, Despised Icon, Jungle Rot, Beyond Creation…

420 Music and Arts Festival

April 19-21 – Distortion Live Music Venus – Calgary, Alberta

Dopethrone, DJ Brant Bjork, Sasquatch, La Chinga…

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

20th Anniversary: April 20-21 – Palladium – Worcester, MA

Morbid Angel, Kamelot, Dying Fetus, Life Of Agony…

New England Stoner and Doom Fest

April 20-21 – Altones – Jewett City, CT

The Skull, Scissorfight, Geezer, Atala…

Carolina Rebellion

May 4-6 – Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC

Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Queens of the Stone Age…

Rock on the Range

May 18-20 – MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus OH

Tool, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold…

Modified Ghost Festival

III: May 23-27 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

Obituary, Bloodbath, Bongripper, Carcass, Power Trip…

Maryland Deathfest

MDF XVI: May 24-27 – multiple venues – Baltimore, MD

Satyricon, Bloodbath, My Dying Bride, Helmet…


May 25-27 – Pryor, OK

A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison…

Kitchener Metalfest

May 26 – Waterloo, Ontario

Details TBA


Decimate Metalfest Fundraiser: May 11 – Distortion Live Music Venue – Calgary, Alberta

FEST: June 7-10 – Distortion Live Music Venue – Calgary, Alberta

The Convalescence, Embers of Empires, Quietus, Becomes Astral…

Montebello Rockfest

13th edition: June 14-16 – Montebello, Quebec

Prophets of Rage, Weezer, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Tenacious D & Stone Temple Pilots…

Maryland DOOM Fest

June 22-24 – Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD

The Obsessed, Windhand, Weedeater…

Hellfest Open Air

June 22-24 – Clisson, France

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold…

Laura is associate editor of and co-host of weekly metal show Kill Eat Exploit the Weak on CFMU 93.3 FM. She loves doom, prog, cats and basketball, believes in equity and social justice and is not cool with any form of discrimination, marginalization, harassment or oppression.