Sinister Fate: Music Your Nightmares Are Made Of

Sinister Fate:

Music Your Nightmares Are Made Of

It’s Friday the 13th, and what better way to celebrate than 13 questions with Sinister Fate? Everything about them is highly flammable, and they gave some explosive answers. They’re intriguing, and after listening to their music on and browsing their Facebook page, you can’t help but to be drawn into their world. And since doing this interview with them, it’s no wonder why they are in such popular demand!

This interview was a privilege, and they gave me more than I could ever have expected. Their answers show their on-stage spontaneity and reflects what makes them so unique from anything else out there. And believe me, this isn’t for the squeamish. 😉 Enjoy!

Interview with Sinister Fate
 by joslyn corvis

1.    Who are the members of Sinister Fate?

David Bates (Twisted and demented story book readings, String beatings)
Omen (Sixxx string assualt, Tortured bellowing)
The Reverend Evil “D” (Beat tantalizations)
Pumpkin D. Psycho (Angelic blood choir, Chaotic rhythms)

2.    Who (or what) are some inspirations for the Sinister Fate sound?

[Davie Bates] Inspirations are simple. You can see our inspiration behind our music every night when you flip on your local news broadcast. Or when you push play on your DVD player and watch your favorite horror movie. We take our inspiration from real life and the fictional tales you use to get the hairs to stand up on the back of your neck. We combined real life violence with the tall tales you pray are not real. We use your nightmares to convey our stories in our music. I mean, what can be scarier than real life drama that unfolds right here on our own Chicago city streets and mix in a little Nightmare on Elm Street? Well, only one thing I can think of. Us, Sinister Fate. All your nightmares, lusts and naughty little dreams come true with this band.

3.    On your Reverb Nation page ( ), it says you are classified as Horror Metal. Could you elaborate on what categorizes you as “Horror Metal”? And why did you decide that this would be the right genre for your band?

[David Bates] Again. It stems from our love of horror cinema. Also, our taste for the macabre.

[Pumpkin] Not only that, at least I believe. I think it also comes from our love of the Chicago underworld. The S&M scene. The lustful styling of the beautiful burlesque dancers. They bring us so much in the performing arts world. Its beautiful. The leather and the fire. The time each actress (or actor) takes to cardiograph the show. This is what SF is out to do. Bring you a live performance as well as music. We want to show you your nightmares are true.

[David Bates] I agree. SF is not a shock rock band. We are a live performance band. We make all those things that go bump in the night your reality. “Horror Metal” I guess you could say was a nice way of putting it. What we really are is “Horrifying Metal”. We want to put you on a show like no other. We want to scare you to death and then come back for more.

4.    I see that you’ve toured in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri. Does Sinister Fate have plans to tour other states? Perhaps Texas?

[David Bates] Yes, we plan on making our way to Texas, New York, LA, etc. But why stop there? Future plans are nothing less than seeing the world and letting the world see us. But to be honest. We love Chicago. So the plan for now is to let Chicago get to know us. In doing so we will travel a bit here and there, but Chicago is our focus. We want that strong home fan base. And we owe it to our Chicago “Victims” to give them our best first. Not that everyone else will get the leftovers. It’s just that this is our home and we love the old girl. So she should get the best of us first.

5.     What are some of the highlights of travelling with the band?

 [David Bates] Travelling to new places is always fun, seeing new faces, making new victims. Every trip is different. I would elaborate more, but you have younger people that view your site…

6.    The series of pics on your Facebook page ( ) from November 12, 2011, looked like lots of fun! I love the dress code, but the bloody white shirt, which appears to be a straight-jacket, was really cool! I was curious where you got such an awesome piece, and if it was used as a sort of visual to a particular song.

[David Bates] Yes, it is indeed a straight-jacket. I acquired it from my stay at a local Cook County Asylum. I use it in reference to my stay there along with the new SF song titled “Natural Born Killer”. The song describes my stay and what put me there in the first place.

7.    In your music, style, and stage presence, you’re highly unique. What are some of Sinister Fate’s signatures that fans might expect from your music or onstage moves?

[David Bates] There is never a dull moment. They can expect blood, insanity, blood, loud angry music, blood, things that will force them to repent on Sunday, and did I mention blood?

[Pumpkin] SF has many new things in store for our “Victims and Valentines” upon our return to the spot light. But hush hush for now. Do not want to ruin the surprise.

[Evil “D”] I am going to break a lot of s***. Arms, legs…..

[David Bates] “D”? Is it time for your medication again? Grab him Pumpkin!!!!!!!!

8.    As listeners, we see this amazing final product of lyrical and musical genius merging together. What are some of the strengths of your individual band members that you play upon to tie it all together to make it flow with such dynamic artistry?

[David Bates] Wow. Good question. Each member of this band is unique. The way they move and play in their own styles is very unique to the writing process of this band. You see. SF has grown through the years. In doing so SF has lost and gained new members. For me, this is the best team of musicians and entertainers that “D” and myself have had the chance to work with. Omen is very high spirited. He has a “never say die” attitude. Plus his playing style has added some very new textures to the songs. Which I know you will see in the near future with some new tunes we are writing.

[Evil “D”] I agree. The way Omen picked up some heavy slack after some recent drama we just had was awesome. I like what he is bringing to the table. For me on a personal note. Pumpkin is just bringing that boom! The way him and I work together tightening up SF’s rhythm is awesome. He is a beast brother. I mean the team of the four of us, I just feel like we cannot be stopped.

[Pumpkin] The best part for me is that SF works together like a well-oiled muscle car brought back from the grave. We listen to each other. We feed off each other. We all work together. No one is left out. No one’s ideas put on the back burner. If it makes us wanna punch someone in the face then we know it will make you want to do the same. So we bring that to you.

[Omen] That’s exactly it. We feed off each other. Violent or not. When one of us brings it we all do. Basically. Step up or get the f*** out of our way. So I guess the dynamic is just simply we are a family. We are a team. No drama. No bulls***. That’s what makes this band your band.

9.    Beyond metal, what are some of your favorite styles of music, and who are some of your favorite non-metal artists?

[David Bates] We all listen to what we want to. Sometimes you do just have to kick back and listen to something else. For me it varies. I can listen to Johnny Cash, then listen to something completely different like Cradle Of Filth. I’m open to all forms of music.

[Evil “D”] Sorry bro. If it ain’t metal. Well. I do not listen to it. Black Label Society all the way man.

[Omen] I get into a lot of industrial. Hanzel Und Gretyl, Rammstein, Tool. I guess that is considered metal to some. To me it adds a new dynamic.

[Pumpkin] I like to listen to your mother scream while I play Bach or Beethoven in your dad’s CD player.

10.    When did you know that being a musician was your calling?

[David Bates] When I first heard Cooper, and Motley Crue.

[Evil “D”] After the first time I heard the sound a skull makes when bouncing off of the sidewalk.

[Pumpkin] After hearing your mother scream.

11.    I love your song “Zombie Bomb”. Now, as a horror writer and zombie buff, I have to ask this question. Do you give any credence to this wave of zombie enthusiasts who actually believe we are in the antebellum of an unexpected zombie plague?

[David Bates] Ok…”Zombie Bomb” I am sorry to say was not written with any particular person or group in mind. SF has been writing songs like this for a long time. It is just our style. But if someone wants to pick it up as their theme song, be my guest. Have your people contact our people and we can make that happen for you. But for real. If the enthusiasts like it. Great. I mean we are out to write good music that everyone can enjoy.

12.  Do you have any pre-show rituals to psych yourselves up before going onstage? I’m also really interested in superstitions, so if you have any “lucky charms” or things of that nature, I’d love to know what they are.

[David Bates] No not really. I like to keep to myself and get my mind into psycho mode. Omen cleans and tunes his guitar like a hundred times. “D” gets drunk and flirts with the bartenders and waitresses. Pumpkin walks around punching himself in the head. I have no idea. But the guy can take a lot of punches to the head. Even though he is doing it to himself. He hits himself real hard. Like really f***ing hard.

13.    What are some plans for Sinister Fate in 2012?

[David Bates] To bring you the best that we have to every show. To the video we are getting ready to shoot. To the studio when we get ready to record the new album. To give you, the fans, the best that we are.

[Pumpkin] To make your mother scream.