Amon Amarth at a Bruins game

Bad-ass metal bros & more awesome Montreal shows this week

Metal bands from Sweden, the USA and right here in Montreal descend on local stages + album launches you need to know about and more.

facebookWithout wasting too much bandwidth, let’s get straight to the shows — this week’s batch will truly trumpet the coming of spring in this town:

Thursday: The dark instrumental post-rock of Bateau Noir beats on with a self-titled record, following up the band’s debut EP, launching at le Ritz with openers Voizes (featuring former members of the Stills, the Dears and Kandle and the Krooks). 179 Jean-Talon W., 8 p.m., $10

My second big pick of the week gets right out of the gate when psych collective Sundburned Hand of the Man sear your frontal lobes with Marisa Anderson and Harsh Reality at Sala. 4848 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $10/$13

Friday: The fine folks from Analogue Addiction are hosting a killer punk rawk bill that’s sure to draw blood when Omegas annihilate l’Esco with Strange Attractor and Disposer. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

Local label and promoters L’Oeil du Tigre are presenting the launch of Dark Circles‘ split record with sludgey doomsters Abastracter at Turbo Haus, with Brazen Hell and the new joint from the Bear Mace punks Faze. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $8/PWYC

Amon Amarth at a Bruins game
Amon Amarth at a Bruins game

The Viking metal dudes are going to want to bring their horns of mead to Metropolis to catch Montreal fave Amon Amarth but make sure you show up early to catch Swedish death metal legends Entombed A.D. with openers Exmortus. 59 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $38.50/$42

Get a great lift-off to your weekend at la Vitrola, with the instrumental beat-down of Squalor and openers Tonnes, Petite Nature and Crepuscule Solaire. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5/PWYC

Saturday: For a night of punk rawk and hardcore, head to the best little bar in Mile Ex — Brasserie Beaubien — to catch a host of new bands just getting their jam on with Profane Order, Crawler, Remwar and Gray Bath. This show is a benefit for Prisoner Correspondence Project and attendees can give some extra help by dropping off unwanted books, which will be given to prisoners who are currently incarcerated throughout North America. 73 Beaubien E., 9 p.m., $5/PWYC

Wake Island are on the cusp of releasing another record entitled Out — they’ll be celebrating its release at le Ritz with Woodpigeon and live visuals by Daniel Rig with DJ Frankie Teardrop keeping the dance party happening. 179 Jean-Talon W., 8 p.m., $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)

For fans of synth-driven cold wave, you can darken the door of Casa for Parisians Hante. with Xarah Dion and Toronto’s Stuka. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $6

For fans of NWOBH can thrash it out to California’s Night Demon with Against the Grain and Visigoth at Katacombes. 1635 St-Laurent, 11 p.m., $12

Sunday: Chaosmos will get lose control at Casa but show up early to catch the super duper trio of Pierre-Yves Martel, Sam Shalabi and ex Sons of Rhythm Orchestra member Alex Macsween. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8/$10

My big pick of the week is the melodic prog metal of Baroness who will devastate the Corona Theatre with Mutoid Man. This will fuggin’ rule. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $27/$30.50

Tuesday: Post-punkers are going to want to shake their electric boogaloo for Brooklyn’s B Boys with David and the Woods, Towanda and Joint Custody at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $7/$10

Rockette’s DIY Shows series as hosted by UUBBUURRUU’s Joey Napoleon continues with Auks. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC

Wednesday: Finally the PBR punx are going to want to make the scene at Casa for Burger Records’ Corners with Morthouse. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $8/$10

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