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 Chris Letchford of Scale the Summit, whose most recent album, The Collective, was released earlier this year on Prosthetic 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 have played Ghoulsfest and International Progfest.

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.

Ghoulsfest was definitely the worst. It was held in Houston, which doesn’t have the best music scene, especially to hold a festival. Turn out was pretty terrible. Not only was the host city a bad one, but the line up was just way to eclectic. For instance, two bands after us was Macy Gray. We still had fun playing, since it was all outdoors, but as far as the hype the festival was getting, it was disappointing. It’s ok to talk about it since it will definitely never happen again, haha.

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

Have patience! It’s going to be a long day!

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

Saturday, November 5, with the bosses in Cynic.

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

We’re bringing back “Glacial Planet,” which we haven’t played in one-and-a-half years!

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

Definitely Cynic. We toured with them in 2010, so it will be great to see them all again.

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?

Not at all, very familiar with your website, so I knew it was legit.

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

No, I love it when my parents come and support the things that I do!

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?

How about a Scale the Summit and not a scale with metaphorical weight on it?

Finally, how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

With the line ups being awesome each day, I don’t think its possible that will suck! Looking forward to it!

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

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