Countdown to The Metal Suckfest



photo by Jordon Josepher

The Inaugural Metal Suckfest is almost here!!!! Twenty bands will DESTROY The Gramercy Theatre on November 4 and 5, PLUS there’s an awesome, five-band pre-party at the venue the night before, making this THE can’t-miss hang of the year.

Tickets are on sale now right here, and you can hit up the fest’s official website for more info on the shows, including the complete line-up. In the meantime, we’re counting down to this weekend of chaos and debauchery by speaking to one member from each band on the bill. We continue today with legendary drummer Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, who are scheduled to release a new album next year via Nuclear Blast Records.

Read our chat after the jump. And don’t forget to check back in the coming days and weeks for interviews with more of the musicians participating in this awesome event!!!

What other festivals have you played before, if any?

Plenty, but I’ve never played a Renaissance Festival… that’s where all the action is at!

What was your best and worst festival experience (as a performer, not as a fan)? You don’t have to name the specific fest if you don’t want, we’re not trying to get you to burn bridges. 

Being a big Radiohead fan, I was real bummed when I was told we were playing with them at Reading and Leeds, then found out we were on opposite days.

Any tips to fans for having the best possible festival experience? 

Enjoy yourself, mind yourself, and respect all other concert goers, as no one wants their good time ruined. For maximizing your great time, be sure to pick up a Municipal Waste souvenir on the way out.

For people who are too stupid to read the poster, which day is your band playing Suckfest? 

I don’t know. Just kidding, we play November 4, which is a Friday night.

Can you tell us anything about the set your band is planning for Suckfest?

We’re hoping to play all our albums in full without stopping. It’s gonna be awesome.

Which band or bands (besides your own, duh) are you most stoked are gonna be at Suckfest? 

There are lots of bros on the fest and I’m excited to see, some old friends. I am stoked for Prime Evil for sure.

When you were first contacted about appearing at something called “Suckfest,” were you at all concerned that you were being propositioned to appear in a porno movie? 

Edward Penis Hands is the best adult film title I’ve ever heard.

Is it awesome or weird that Axl Rosenberg’s parents are coming to Suckfest?

I have no idea who that is. My parents are coming as well.

On a scale of one to ten, one being a freshly douched vagina and ten being your balls at the end of a performance, how badly will the Gramercy Theater reek of B.O. by the end Suckfest?

I’ll give you my shorts at the end of the set, cool?

Finally, on how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

We play another show on 11/5, so I won’t see Cynic and that sucks.

Read other entries in the Countdown to The Metal Suckfest series here.


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