Quarantine Music, Part 2: The AltCtrlToob Edition ft. Heilung, Ghost Cult, Murder Castle, and GimpAlisous

Going on Week Six of COVID-19 closures here in AltCtrl-Ville….  Maybe folks need something new to watch on Youtube??  Check out these videos! First up, Danish pagan collective Heilung released their first-ever music video yesterday, for the song “Norupo.”  (I checked, all the other videos on their Youtube channel are live performances or album teasers.) … Continue reading Quarantine Music, Part 2: The AltCtrlToob Edition ft. Heilung, Ghost Cult, Murder Castle, and GimpAlisous

Wandering Oak on the “Advent” of Passage Elemental

By Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov With the prevalence and of American folk metal becoming more established and recognized, Rochester-based band Wandering Oak seeks to make their mark with their debut full-length album Passage Elemental, released on November 1.  In the four years since their first release, the Advent EP, the group has experienced an almost complete lineup… Continue reading Wandering Oak on the “Advent” of Passage Elemental

Wilderun’s Veil of Imagination: Barrel-Aged Barleywine or Sex on the Beach?

By Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov How does one critique perfection? One can attempt to nitpick every last bit of a piece of artwork in order to discover fault, going mad in the quest to find the tiniest shred of a mistake or sloppiness. With 2019’s self-released Veil of Imagination, Wilderun has managed to achieve what very few… Continue reading Wilderun’s Veil of Imagination: Barrel-Aged Barleywine or Sex on the Beach?

THE MIC IS YOURS: An Interview with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Coming down from eight long months preparing for the release of her debut solo album, Martyr, referring to Lindsay Schoolcraft as ‘busy’ is a major understatement. Add to this establishing an independent label, managing a web store, and balancing a super rigorous touring schedule that comes with being a member of the mighty Cradle of… Continue reading THE MIC IS YOURS: An Interview with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Cory Branan on Connecticut, Genre Labels, and Where to Eat Lunch

Cory Branan performs a rule breaking form of alt country that draws from other genres such as rock, punk and folk. He has five critically acclaimed albums to his name with the most recent one being Adios, which came out in 2017 on Bloodshot Records — and his sixth album, No Hit Wonder, is due out… Continue reading Cory Branan on Connecticut, Genre Labels, and Where to Eat Lunch

Bearing Light from Coast to Coast: An Interview with Kyle Stratton of Atala

Atala performing at Maryland Doomfest 2019. Photo by Julya Brown.

Thanks to an introduction from my photographer bud Julya, I did an off the cuff interview with Kyle Stratton from Atala after their performance at 2019’s Maryland Doomfest.  This was the eighth day of the band’s 16-day, 16-show tour; beginning in northern California (nine hours away from their hometown on the California/Arizona border), their journey… Continue reading Bearing Light from Coast to Coast: An Interview with Kyle Stratton of Atala

A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Dee and Willy of Spiral Grave

Spiral Grave

Photographs by Julya Brown. My trip to Maryland Doom Fest in June 2019 was a journalistic adventure as well as a musical one.  A highlight was talking with members of new Maryland band Spiral Grave, who played at Guido’s Speakeasy on Friday, June 21st.  Introduced to the band by photographer Julya Brown, I talked separately… Continue reading A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Dee and Willy of Spiral Grave