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 guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal of Cynic, whose new EP, Carbon-Based Anatomy, comes out November 11 via Season of Mist (read our review here). And in case you didn’t know, Pal also sometimes blogs for MetalSucks, too!

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?

Wacken (Germany), Hole In The Sky (Norway), Hellfest (France), Progpower (Holland), Hove Festivalen (Norway), Graspop (Belgium), Metaltown (Sweden)… these are all that come to mind at the moment.

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.

Best – Hearing twenty-thousand or so people sing the words to our songs when Cynic reunited and had it’s first show at Hellfest in France.

Worst — when we arrived in Norway for a fest and my gear didn’t arrive. I spent every waking minute until show time programming someone else’s midi programmable foot pedal and amp to get some rough sounds in place before our gig. The show itself was fine, thankfully.

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

Much like life, go with the flow and embrace the unexpected.

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

Saturday, November 5.

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

It’ll be a best of all our records, including most of our new one, Carbon-Based Anatomy.

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

We know the Obscura guys and Scale The Summit, so will be nice to see them 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?

Nope, although I would have considered the offer if the price was right and I was able to get a”no headshots” clause in the contract. Would you guys be cool with that?

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


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?

Considering it’ll be a room full of MetalSucks geeks, who I imagine bathe regularly (including ourselves), if it will smell like anything other than a dazzling combination of fresh linen, patchouli oil and weed!

Finally, on how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

It’s gonna suck so bad, everyone will be writhing with joy by the end of night two.

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

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