The Seattle Metal Festival IV will be held on January 20, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington, featuring exclusive Pacific Northwest appearances of some of the biggest names in metal.
"We are looking forward to this show," said OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni. "We have been wrapped up in the studio for the last two months so it will be nice to get out for a bit and hit the stage again."
"DESTRUCTION is honored to return to Seattle and play the Metal Fest," said DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer. "I love the city and I can't wait to meet all my friends and fans again. This will be a blast!"
"It will be interesting to play a bigger venue this time around," said INTO ETERNITY guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth. "We plan on giving a high-energy show with lots of high singing and fast playing. The band is proud to be a part of this great show."
Those who attend this highly anticipated festival will not only see the only Pacific Northwest appearances of these bands, but they might be among the first to witness a few song debuts.
"Our West Coast fans don't get to see us as often so we always try to throw in a few surprises for them- probably will do a new song or two," said Verni. "We'll just have to see the day of show."
"Expect a hell of a DESTRUCTION show!" said Schmier. "We are true road warriors and we always give our faithful fans a tight performance of aggressive high-energy METAL — right in your face! The setlist will be full of 'Thrash Anthems' songs mixed with the new hits. Some of the old ones have never been performed live before. This will be great fun!"
Although there aren't as many festivals in the States as there are in Europe, all of the bands on this year's festival will agree that large bill shows bring out the best in them no matter what country they're playing. Fans can be assured this lineup will be in Seattle with their game faces on.
"We play festivals all over the world the entire year," said Schmier. "It's the greatest deal for the bands and the fans. I love the challenge; it is pushing our performance to the absolute limit. You have to face the best metal bands in the world — so you better kick some serious ass! But it's also a great big party. Many other musicians are like brothers to me."
"Our tour line-up melded together with the likes of the legendary OVERKILL and DESTRUCTION, as well as our label mates INTO ETERNITY is certainly going to give people a bang for their buck," GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle said. "We love the festival atmosphere because it pushes you to put on a better show as result of the elevated level of talent around you."
The Seattle Metal Festival is promoted by Frank Hetzel of Howitzer Productions and the main sponsor is Dragon Monkey Media. Hetzel is the creator of the Seattle Metal Festival and the Northwest Deathfest, as well as the promoter of many metal shows in the Seattle area.
The running order of the festival is (from opening act to headliner):
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
Tickets are on sale through Tickets West (www.ticketswest.com) and The Showbox box office, as well as www.seattlemetalfest.com, Silver Platters in Seattle, and Scrape Records in Vancouver, B.C. The Showbox is located at 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, Washington (www.showboxonline.com, 206-628-3151). Doors open at 5:00 pm and show time is at 5:15 pm. Tickets are $25.00 advance and $30.00 day of show. This is an all-ages event with alcohol available for purchase to those at least 21 years old with ID.