By Brandon “B-Mac” McCarthy
Back when heavy metal was first emerging, it was primarily a man’s world. In this century, that is not the case anymore. I have mentioned many times before, women can have a vicious dark side as they have a sweet melodic side. More and more bands are being fronted by ladies of rock. When Rabit and I went to Youngblood Productions Birthday metal show in Pomona, one of those ladies was there, Franccesca De Struct. The destructive force that runs Fate DeStroyed is full of passion, zest, and fire. Her singing style is a combination of the sweetness of Lacey Strum of Flyleaf and the aggressive force one would hear from Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy and Matt Heafy of Trivium. Just before she hit the stage to whiplash our necks with her metal, we had ourselves a chat, and it was one of my most favorite interviews.
When I asked Franccesca why the band was called Fate DeStroyed and why it is spelled that way, she said it reflects her attitude on how we control our own destiny and fate should never play a part in it. For the way the name is spelled, it is a play on her stage name. We would talk about our day jobs and how we hope our passions will one day reward us. It was nice for her to take an interest in my job. Before she formed Fate DeStroyed, she would perform bass in a lot of different groups. Wanting a new challenge, she decided to switch to singing. Putting a couple of songs together with Orgy’s Carlton Bost, she created a music video where she met her future band. Never underestimate the power of music videos.
According to Franccesca, the group’s sound is in the middle of melodic industrial rock with the aggressive metalcore styles that she accustomed to. She hopes to mesh the old sound with the new school style. After what I saw in their performance, they nailed it. She feels, as an artist, to evolution is the key to becoming a better musician, whether as a solo artist or a band. When I asked about the fan reaction to their first single, “Break Free,” she said she was genuinely shocked by how the fans loved it and were putting it on their playlists. When comes to putting out new music, they decided to put out singles for now until they get the fan base they need, which I think is a smart move on their part. We would go on to talk about what the band’s plans are for the future and what her favorite new group(s) are. Be sure to tune in to her response.
Franccesca was a devilishly delight to talk to in Pomona. After our chat, Fate DeStroyed hit the stage and roasted our souls with their sinfully pleasurable music. She also blew out fire in the air, which was sick. Fate DeStroyed is a group I will be keeping an eye on for the future. To Franccesca De Struct, I salute you. Horns up. !!!
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