Countdown to The Metal Suckfest



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 guitarist Rick Jimenez of This is Hell, whose new album, Black Mass, was released this week on Rise 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?

We’ve played a million… Soundwave, Reading/Leeds, Sounds of the Underground, Groezrock, Saints and Sinners, Long Island Fest, Krazyfest, tons… I’ve lost track.

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.

Groezrock in 2010 was the greatest ever. Packed packed tent, no barrier, tons of stagedives and singalongs and circle pits… a perfect show. One date of this fest we did once we wound up playing last for some reason after everyone essentially had left… The monitor guy decided to leave after about forty seconds of our set, so he wound up with a full water bottle on his board. Punk bitch.

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

Have an open mind to new bands. Stay energized. Circle pit.

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

We’re all too stupid to be told what day we’re playing,  so I have no fucking idea. [They’re playing on Friday, November 4! -Ed.]

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

We won’t be playing tons of breakdowns, we may or may not play a Metallica song, we will encourage everyone to circlepit and headbang and jump off anything jump off-able.

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

Municipal Waste and Metallica.

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?

We were first contacted about just playing a show with MW and we were siked, then we found out it was a fest… then we were never told we were definitely playing. I assume we are, though, being that I got these questions.

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

Honestly, that probably blows goats.

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?

Can’t be any worse than Europe.

Finally, how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

Can’t be any worse than this interview.

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

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