Feature: Monster metal shows

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive
The Sword

The Sword

Opening acts: Black Cobra, Mount Carmel

Subgenre: Old-school thrash

Sounds like: The records Metallica should be making instead of madness like "Lulu"

What to wear: Denim jacket with black band T-shirt

Attend if: You know what's good for you

Outland Live

7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4

95 E. Liberty St., Brewery District



Opening acts: Ramming Speed, Charlie Hustle, Yeti

Subgenre: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal as filtered through seemingly every subgenre imaginable

Sounds like: A wizard riding a motorcycle

What to wear: Sleeveless denim jacket with black band T-shirt

Attend if: You live by the mantra "death to false metal"

Ace of Cups

9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

2619 N. High St., Campus


Five Finger Death Punch

Opening acts: All That Remains, Hatebreed, Rains

Subgenre: Nu-metal with a thrash sensibility

Sounds like: A big, burly ogre who did enough wind sprints to get in shape

What to wear: Tribal tattoos

Attend if: 99.7 The Blitz is the first and only station programmed into your car stereo

LC Pavilion

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

405 Neil Ave., Arena District


Pierce the Veil & Miss May I

Opening acts: Woe Is Me, Letlive, The Amity Affliction

Subgenre: Melodic post-hardcore

Sounds like: Dreamy boys playing nightmarish music

What to wear: Flatiron bangs

Attend if: You like your sugar with coffee and cream

Newport Music Hall

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

1722 N. High St., Campus