Since Empyrium’s inception in 1994, the music of the German band has evolved from progressive doom / black metal to classical-influenced dark folk. With their sixth record, Über Den Sternen (translating as “Above The Stars”), they have “finally reconciled [their] vintage sound from the early days with the acoustic expression of the later Empyrium,” according… Continue reading Album Review: Empyrium’s Über Den Sternen (Prophecy)
You may know heavy metal media mogul Jamey Morris, a.k.a Uncle Jameson, from his Doom Charts reviews or his “A Fistful Of Questions” interview series on The Ripple Effect… But today we’re talking with him about his longest running endeavor and I suspect the one that’s closest to his heart: the Fistful of DOOM podcast.… Continue reading The Fistful’s on the Other Foot: An Interview with Jamey of Fistful of DOOM
On their third album, these self-proclaimed “weirdo punks” from Oakland, unleash a torrent of off-kilter, discordant riffs, drenched in feedback and bolstered by a slamming rhythm section, that rarely plays in normal time signatures. In addition, the band finds the time throw in the odd shredding guitar solo from time to time. It’s all seasoned… Continue reading Album Review: Djork by NOPES (Magnetic Eye)
From the PR Wire… Indiana-based singer-songwriter Christopher Steve (Lavaborne) will release his debut full-length solo album Taken By The Tide, for February 26th, 2021. You can check out the new single from the album — “Denial or Delight” — exclusively at Alternative Control. The track features Latta’s haunted vocals and deft sense for doomy… Continue reading Christopher Steve Shares New Single “Denial or Delight” — New Solo Album Out This Week!
San Diego musician Francis Roberts wears creative many hats: band leader, composer, producer, music teacher, and most recently, YouTube sensation. He took a few minutes to talk with Alternative Control about his different projects — enjoy! Tell our readers a little about your bands King Gorm and Old Man Wizard…. Old Man Wizard and King… Continue reading Hanging With The Dungeon Synth Wizard King: An Interview with Francis Roberts
Ghost Tapes #10 is the tenth record from Ireland’s God Is An Astronaut, who have, over the past two decades, built and cemented their reputation as masters of instrumental post-rock. This latest work is described in the press release as “certainly the most ferocious” of the band’s albums. It also marks a return to the… Continue reading Album Review: God Is An Astronaut’s Ghost Tapes #10
Korpiklaani is one of the most popular and beloved folk metal bands. With their 11th album Jylhä translated roughly to “Majestic,” they continue to bring us their unique brand of folk metal — but how does their formula hold up this far in their career?