Walters Downtown, September 24
If you're unfamiliar with local heavies Uncleansed, it's time for you to get schooled in all the dark and evil extreme death metal has to offer. Believe it or not, Houston has a very active death metal scene thanks to the numerous people associated with TXDM (Texas Extreme Death Metal) and the many shows they promote around town. Come grind your eardrums into powder as Uncleansed shares the stage with Thy Anti Christ, Khringe and Saturnatas.
14. POWER TRIP
Walters Downtown, September 20
These Dallas-based thrash dudes are reviving a vein of '80s metal with such precision — Slayer-inspired arrangements meet Randy Rhoads-esque guitar solos — you'd think they were just released from a Headbanger's Ball time capsule. Be prepared for a time warp as they play alongside Skourge and Mad Ball.
Fitzgerald's, December 3
The original crossover masters of thrash and punk return home for the holidays. And who doesn't enjoy a moshpit meltdown after some holiday shopping? D.R.I. will share the bill with Toxic Shock and Texas Massacre and if that's not enough for you, downstairs will host Hogs of War, Baron Von Bomblast, The Guillotines and the Bang Shifts.
12. DEADHORSE, THE HATES, DIE FAST
Fitzgerald's, November 19
The Welcome to Hellfest showcase features not only these three local heroes but also out-of-town guests including ASS, Seis Pistos, Ed Hall, Bag of Tricks and Cheesegrater Masturbation. The best part? Part of the proceeds will go to MD Anderson's Children's Hospital for Cancer awareness.
11. THE PRETTY RECKLESS
October 30, House of Blues
Halloween weekend at House of Blues is always a good time, and what better way to ring in All Hallow's Eve than with heavy metal? The Pretty Reckless share the bill with NYC's Holy White Hounds and three-piece California boys Them Evils for a grouping that shows off some of metal's newest talent.
10. TRIVIUM, SABATON, HUNTRESS
Scout Bar, October 7
In one of the best bills around, metalcore gods Trivium pair up with metal's favorite dark witch of Huntress and Sabaton of Sweden. There's just not a greater metal ticket available this fall on the calendar if you're looking for diversity and talent. From Jill Janus's operatic and powerful voice to Trivium's well-executed time signatures and genre-defining skill, this show will be one of the best of 2016.
9. PROPHETS OF RAGE
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 8
After much hype and anticipation, members of this metal/rap supergroup have set out on tour promoting their "Make America RAGE Again" platform along with their EP, The Party's Over. Performing with AWOLNATION, these former members of Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill will assist you in your rage toward this election year's unprecedented level of absurdity and hatefulness.
8. CHILDREN OF BODOM, ABBATH, EX MORTUS, ONI, THE NOISE
House of Blues, December 11
We aren't sure why there are so many acts on one bill here, but if you're going to be standing (because there is no seating unless you pay extra) at the HOB through five sets, at least this show has quality acts. Better yet, this one is in December, too and as expected, many bands take time off over the holidays from long summer touring gigs. So, in that regard, this exceptionally long show may be the water in the desert we metal fans all thirst for come Christmas season.