Since 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) has been one of the most celebrated gatherings for music, film and interactive entertainment. As the largest music festival of its kind on the planet, SXSW will take over Austin, Texas, for 10 consecutive days, and we've got your essential guide to the metal showcases that will be taking place at the fest.

Along with artists from a multitude of genres, metal bands will converge upon Austin from March 12-16, with acts such as Goatwhore, A Life Once Lost, Black Tusk, Today is the Day, Pallbearer and many more set to crack into the Earth with brutality. If you're heading on down to Austin, widely known as America's live music capital, be sure to drop by the Dirty Dog Bar, Metal & Lace Lounge, Red 7 and many other venues throughout the festivities.

Here's your metal music guide for the 2013 South by Southwest madness:

March 12:

- Skrew, Fed of Me, Assacre + more @ Metal & Lace Lounge

March 13:

- A Life Once Lost, Massive Scar Era, Throne + more @ Metal & Lace Lounge
- Farzad Golpayegani's Band @ Headhunters Patio
- 'Metal Wreckage Showcase' featuring Call of the Void, Power Trip, Pinkish Black, A Life Once Lost + Junius @ Six Lounge
- Pitchfork Presents: 'Show No Mercy' featuring Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder, Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Vattnet Viskar, Pinkish Black, Inter Arma, Batillus, Wet Lungs + Encrust @ Mohawk

March 14:

- Hosol Bros @ Metal & Lace Lounge
- Pushmen @ Hickory Street
- 'South By South Death' featuring Goatwhore, Norma Jean, KEN Mode + Howl @ Dirty Dog Bar

March 15:

- Attomica, Ancestor, Agonizer, Eminence + Escape @ The Jr
- Family @ Headhunters Patio
- Of Mice & Men @ Dirty Dog Bar
- Today is the Day, Young Windows, KEN Mode + The Gates of Slumber @ Red 7

March 16:

- Black Tusk, Power Trip, Howl, Inter Arma + Call of the Void @ Red 7
- Monsters @ 522 E. 6th St.
- 'New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Showcase' featuring iwrestledabearonce, Holy Grail, Lionheart, Cancer Bats, Volumes, Molotov Solution, Gideon, Betrayal, To Each His Own, To Speak Of Wolves, + Surrounded By Monsters
- Pallbearer, Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, Pinkish Black + Homewrecker @ The North Door

For more information on the South by Southwest festival, visit the official SXSW website.