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 drummer Timmy St. Amour of Howl, whose most recent album, Full of Hell, was released last year on Relapse Records, and who will have a new release out on that label early next year.

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?

Maryland Death Fest, South by Southwest (three times), Girls in Metal Fest (Alberta, Canada), Dude Fest, Brooklyn Vegan Fest (part of the Northside Fest), CMJ.

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.

The best festival was probably Maryland Death Fest for me, because we got to see so many of our heroes in one fest, and actually got to have the honor of sharing the stage with them.

The worst experiences are probably just dealing with some of the clusterfucks at SXSW. But it wouldn’t be SXSW without having to deal with all of the bullshit each year, and I woudn’t want it any other way.

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

Drink lots of water.

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

We are playing the first day of the Suckfest — Friday, November 4th.

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

We will definitely be including brand new material from our upcoming record, which will be put out on Relapse sometime in the beginning of 2012.

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

Our bros Black Tusk and Ramming Speed! Obscura (still have yet to see these guys live) and The Red Chord, because I haven’t seen that band play in YEARS.

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?

I thought it was goon to be more like a “Beerfest” type expo, except for blowjobs.

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

It’s awesome whenever anyone’s parents come to support something they’re doing, especially when it’s something a little less mainstream or socially acceptable, such as an extreme metal feat.

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’m leaning more toward the sweaty ball end of the spectrum.

Finally, how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

Not as bad as trying to find parking for a van and trailer in Manhattan!

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

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