I’ve had the pleasant opportunity to review the new EP entitled Sky and the Dark Night from upcoming Australian progressive indie rock band Monks of Mellonwah. The EP is a single composition split up into three sections, which blend into each other so naturally that I’m almost puzzled as to why they would choose to… Continue reading Review: Monks of Mellonwah’s Sky and the Dark Night
If you’re trying to get a girl to sleep with you for the first time, Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life is not the album to put on. But if you’ve got an Al Qaeda operative tied up in your basement and you need to find out where the bomb is RIGHT NOW – or if the… Continue reading Review: Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life
Brutality is a concept oft-discussed in death metal circles. A band releases a new slab of tunes and writers and fans alike immediately hold it up to some hypothetical scale to see if it measures up. Local death/grind merchants Kayotik not only embrace this challenge but laid down the gauntlet in the very name of… Continue reading Kayotik’s Born Through Brutality
Bloodlines, Howl’s second full-length album, is due to be released by Relapse Records April 30th. Fans of the Rhode Island doom metal band will find this work to be just as powerful as Full of Hell, but with some marked differences. The first distinction is that Bloodlines is a lot less sludgy. If Full of… Continue reading Sound, Blood, and Lineup: A Review of Howl’s Bloodlines
Under his “nom de guitar” The Danbury Lie, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rob Loncto has released his fourth album in less than a year. Seven cerebral tracks titled ? (yep, ?) take the listener on a nostalgic journey filled with witches, demons, tri-tones, and surprising moments of beauty. The Danbury Lie’s sound is hard to classify,… Continue reading The Latest From The Danbury Lie?
On the surface, it appears that there has never been a better time to be an independent musician than within the last decade. A crumbling, non-evolving music business model was taken hostage by Napster and then metaphorically sold to iTunes around 2002, MTV changed their programming outlook to such a point that the new… Continue reading Held Tightly In Your Hands – The CD vs. MP3 Census.
Editor’s Note: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Alternative Control writers attempted to compile a list of the hottest dudes in local and national metal. We soon realized that this was an impossible task because the list would be way too long to publish — but Ryan Bair heartily volunteered to put together our initial… Continue reading My Heart Lays Bair Before You: An Alternative Control Valentine’s Day Special