Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sinister Fate-Hellbound (2013)

Post #305

Sinister Fate are a heavy metal band from Chicago that excel at delivering demented, graphic, hedonistic, and horror-themed lyrics with a traditional, classic heavy metal sound.
Their newest album is entitled Hellbound, and is appropriately titled given the band's opinions on sins of indulgence and their affinity for breaking cultural taboos. At times their lyrics depict sexual S&M types of behaviors, so there's even a double meaning behind the phrase Hellbound. The titles may be a little campy and cliché but this band is about delivering the fun side of metal music within the context of the horror subculture.

The album opens with a sampled snip of dialog and it sets the tone for the album as a whole:
"Who are you?!?
Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some, Angels to others".
Then the riff assault begins, and Sinister Fate have no shortage of awesome riffs to throw your way. They sometimes sound like groove metal, mid-tempo thrash, or the heavier side of sleazy hair metal. Their songs convey a dark edge of R-rated Horror-cult themes.

Songs like 'Natural Born Killer' and 'Zombie Bomb' give you headbangable riff fests, complete with classic-metal guitar solos, there are other songs like 'Frankenstein Valentine' and 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' that slow things down, and rely on a melodic and plodding bass line to deliver the song's dark ambiance. Incidentally, 'Natural Born Killer' has a riff that reminds me of Pantera's 'Primal Concrete Sledge'...

Musically Sinister Fate could be described as a heavier Motley Crue, or a more thrashy Rob Zombie. While each of those comparisons has some merit, neither is either of them entirely accurate. Suffice to say, the best way to get the understanding of Sinister Fate's sound is just to hear it for yourself. Hellbound is one of those rare gems of independently produced music where there is not a bad song out of the whole 12-track album (13 if you count the hidden track ;-).

So do yourself a favor, don't wait another second, and just click some of the links that follow, and treat yourself to some hedonistic metal music by Sinister Fate. Your ears will thank you, though your neck may protest!

Recommended Tracks from Hellbound:
-(S&M) Anthem
-Frankenstein Valentine
-Zombie Bomb
-Drop Dead Gorgeous
-I Love to say Fuck! (hidden track)

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