Written by on October 28, 2010 in Interviews, October 28, 2010 - Comments Off on DistortedFate

DistortedFateDistortedFate started deep in California’s Antelope Valley in 2006. Drummer Brian Banner and guitarist Bob Spears had played together for years in a speed metal band called Forewarned, and continued to jam together. Long-time friend Mike Weinberg had done some guest vocals for Forewarned in the past, and when he came to the studio for the first time, the trio wrote 2 songs and realized they had something special. Next, the long search for a bass player began. One day, Brian brought along Aaron Cross, a bandmate from the Iron Maiden tribute Seventh Son (and drummer for death metal band Epicedium). Aaron wrote the bass lines for the 2 songs in a couple of hours. The earth shifted, forces aligned, and DF was born. The band cut its fangs at several shows in the L.A. area and released a homemade demo in 2008. They were focused on hitting the big time and realized they needed professionally produced tracks. Luckily, DF hooked up with an amazing producer, Matt Gruber (Queensryche, Scorpions), and their 10-song CD “Haunting” was completed in September 2010.

All Access Magazine recently caught up with DistortedFate after receiving their new CD.

AAM: Your recent full-length CD release titled “HAUNTING” is incredible! Is this the band’s first full-length CD?

DistortedFate: We’re glad All Access Magazine enjoyed it! While this is our first full-length CD, we did release a 3-song demo in 2008.

AAM: What influences would you say can be heard on your new album?

DistortedFateDF: There’s a wide spectrum of influences within our band. Our bassist, Aaron, loves the grindcore genre. He brings a taste of bands like Aborted and Misery Index. Brian is possessed by the bands of power metal – Megadeth, Slayer – which is why he pounds the drums hard and fast. Guitarist Bob brings an old-school speed metal feel to us with bands such as Overkill and Fates Warning consuming his artistic arsenal. Last, but certainly not least, our vocalist, Mike, is driven by power metal. The melodic strength of bands like Pantera and Queensryche guide him. However, he is very quick to point out that the first artist to start it all for him was definitely Elvis!

AAM: Who writes the lyrics?

DF: Truthfully, we all write the lyrics. We brainstorm as a unit. If we had to say there were principal lyricists, they would be Brian and Mike. But when it came to “S4,” well, that was Bob’s contribution. And it rocks!

AAM: Who writes the music, and how does it all come together?

DF: Again, that would have to be all of us. Most of the riffs are written by Bob and Aaron. Many times, during sessions, Mike and Brian will literally hum melodies. Then, it’s left up to Aaron and Bob to decipher them.

AAM: “HAUNTING” took the band about how long to get recorded? It’s not as easy as some would think, is it?

DF: No way! Recording is not a simple task! The album took about a year and a half to get to completion at multiple studios. Drums and bass were done at the first studio, Kingsize Soundlabs. Guitar was recorded at the second studio, Arctic Blast. Lastly, vocals were laid down at DistortedFate’s studio. After all that, the tracks were sent to our producer, Matt Gruber, for mixing at Wyman Studio.

AAM: The CD is produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Gruber. Could you tell our readers a little about Mr. Gruber?

DF: As a producer, he’s incredible! He brought his immense experience from producing and mixing albums for artists such as Queensryche, Scorpions, and Meatloaf to the table. Matt dug in deep and revealed something more artistically and musically in all of us.

AAM: Who decides the best order of songs? Why are they in the current order?

DF: That’s all team effort. “Come to Pass” was chosen to be first out of the gate because of its power and aggression. It doesn’t ease you into the DF experience; it punches you right in the face with it from the first second! The remaining songs were placed in an order that, we felt, gave a perfect DistortedFate flow.

AAM: Are you shopping for major labels? What are your goals with your new album?

DF: We just want to put our music out there and share it with the world. Spreading the DistortedFate madness is our ultimate goal. Of course, we’re totally on board if a major label becomes interested in picking us up. We would love to get involved with a killer label like Metal Blade and/or Roadrunner, and/or any other metal powerhouses. We’d love to be out there playing some large venues that rock! Killer airplay on satellite radio stations like Sirius/XM’s Liquid Metal would be massive!

AAM: Any thoughts of sending your music to TV/movie producers? “Come To Pass” would make a good trailer song promoting a high-action movie. Any thoughts?

DF: You know, that would be pretty cool! We never thought of “Come to Pass” being implemented in an action flick. We have been approached about using some of our music in a horror film. A spooky flick called “Haunting” or “Vanished” sounds like a good idea.

AAM: Where can your fans purchase your new album?

DF: Links to our music and merchandise can be found at www.distortedfate.com. From there, you can visit CD Baby (or go directly to www.cdbaby.com/cd/distortedfate) and preview our tracks, order the album, or for instant gratification, get the MP3 downloads. You can access our Café Press shop for t-shirts, beanies, hoodies, and more at www.cafepress.com/distortedfate.

Upcoming shows are November 6th with The Iron Maidens and December 10th with the Texas Hippie Coalition, both shows in the San Fernando Valley. To stay up to date on our mayhem and metal madness, visit our website or become a fan on Facebook. Sorry, we don’t tweet!

All Access magazine wishes DistortedFate continuous success! Thanks for taking time to share with our readers more about your band and the making of “HAUNTING.”

Metal lovers: Be sure to catch what’s sure to be a sold-out show!

DistortedFate &The Iron Maidens
Saturday, November 6th at 9:30PM
6101 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91335
“Free Parking”
A night FULL of M-E-T-A-L!