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Seattle Metal Festival To Return in 2007
November 8, 2006
Returning after a three-year hiatus, the 2007 edition of the Seattle Metal Festival will be held on January 20, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington.

This year's lineup — a mixture of metal veterans from the U.S. and abroad, as well as up and coming national acts — will be as follows:

God Forbid
Into Eternity
The Human Abstract

The 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.

"I put the Seattle Metal Fest on the back burner for a while because I felt that it should become a stronger festival — a show with great national metal acts that people would travel from all over the Pacific Northwest to see," said Hetzel. "It took some time to work out the logistics for a festival of this size and with the help of Dragon Monkey Media; the show is coming together smoothly."

Dragon Monkey Media LLC is a Northwest-based media company promoting local musicians and artists by providing an internet resource to allow them to showcase their artistic works through its associated record label, Hot Monkey Records, and its affiliated production company, Dark Angel Productions.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11 through Tickets West and The Showbox box office, as well as, Silver Platters in Seattle, and Scrape Records in Vancouver, B.C. The Showbox is located at 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, WA. Tickets will be $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.
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HOME TOWN: Germany
Schmier (vocals/bass)
Mike Sifringer (guitar)
Sven Vormann (drums)

History speaks louder than words. Few bands in today’s underground scene have the pedigree of these German legends. If America had Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, Germany had Destruction, Kreator and Sodom. Albums like Infernal Overkill and Eternal Devastation defined the raw German sound as much as Master of Puppets embodied the American style. But after a rapid-fire start, Destruction faded into near obscurity after only six years in the scene when Schmier departed during the recording of the ill-fated Cracked Brain, and during the majority of the ‘90s, Destruction remained but a memory of what once was in the hearts of thrash fans the world over. In the late ‘90s, however, Schmier and Mike Sifringer put their personal differences aside and reformed the band in the image of the classic three-piece line-up. Together with new drummer Sven Vormann, they started to rehearse old material and write new songs. The band hit the European festival circuit in ’99, playing Bang Your Head, With Full Force and Wacken Open Air. The old magic was back. Destruction entered Abyss Studios in Sweden under the watchful eye of über producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) and recorded All Hell Breaks Loose. The album entered the German charts at #67. A European tour with Crematory, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm, and Raise Hell (captured on the Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000 CD and DVD) as well as a North American headline tour with Kataklysm and Dying Fetus spread devastation the world over, initiating new fans into the brotherhood of old-school thrash metal. Exhausted but invigorated, Destruction began to write new material after returning from North America and once again entered Abyss Studios with Tägtgren in April 2001 to lay down the eleven tracks that comprise The Antichrist. The material contained herein harkens even closer to the coveted ‘80s sound than its outstanding predecessor. The band knows their roots and exploits them to the fullest with destined-to-be classics like “Bullets from Hell,” “Dictators of Cruelty” and the thrash metal homage “Thrash ‘Til Death.” It used to be that when you spoke about Destruction, you focused on one thing – their past. Now The Antichrist will have you making room in your collection next to the classics from the ‘80s. The past and future have collided, and there can be only one outcome: total destruction!