Review of New Xenosis Album Haunted Skies

Progressive death metal is an oft-overlooked genre in the vast expanses of Metal-dom.  While sharing in the knuckle-dragging brutality of traditional death metal, the progressive side adds elements of jazz and prog-rock to create a more cerebral, angular product.  The newest release from CT-based Xenosis, entitled Haunted Skies, is tech-death to the core and an… Continue reading Review of New Xenosis Album Haunted Skies

Warstrike 666’s Weapon A on Black Metal, Family, and “The Scene”

If somebody could be called the godfather of Stamford’s heavy music crowd, it would be Angel Blood.  Playing metal since 1993, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has been part of too many bands to count: From Below, Baphomet’s Horns, Age Old Nemesis, Infernal Solstice, and Arcane Malevolence, just to name a few.  Angel’s — or, Weapon… Continue reading Warstrike 666’s Weapon A on Black Metal, Family, and “The Scene”

Reader’s Choice: An Interview with Alcoholicaust

Alternative Control’s second reader’s choice column is a virtual sitdown with Bristol black metal band Alcoholicaust.  With their offensive nicknames and strangely catchy songs, Alcoholicaust is organizing shows in central Connecticut and making a name for themselves in the extreme metal community.  Enjoy! AC – Who are your members, and what does everyone play? Rabbi… Continue reading Reader’s Choice: An Interview with Alcoholicaust

File This Under “Shit You Don’t Think About”

My pseudo-celebrity status earned me a VIP tour of the Scalzi Riverwalk Nature Preserve. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “What the heck is that?” Well, let me tell you, it’s one of the coolest things in Stamford! Sue Sweeny, the Volunteer Head Steward and Master Gardener, gave me a two-hour tour of… Continue reading File This Under “Shit You Don’t Think About”

Bagman Reviews Priapism’s Prey, Pay, Obey

By Bob Bagman Originally published in Metal Cyndicate. I’ve known the guys in Priapism for quite some time, so I really can’t find the words to describe what an honor it was for Agrippa of The Metal Cyndicate to offer me the distinction of doing a review on this new CD…

Layla’s Falafel: Go Early and Get the Baba Ghanoush

  There are approximately two Falafel/Middle Eastern places in our general area that everyone mentions: Mamoun’s in New Haven and Layla’s in Stamford and Fairfield. For years now I hear more about Mamoun’s than Layla’s so for this review I opted to shed more light on the OTHER good Middle Eastern joint, Layla’s Falafel. I… Continue reading Layla’s Falafel: Go Early and Get the Baba Ghanoush

Bair Grills… Homicideation by Mortifica

As a young Bair cub, I visited New London’s El ‘N Gee Club to support friends in the group Catalyst on more occasions than I can remember. Though disbanded, they’re still the grooviest metal project I’ve ever seen live, and among the most intense to this day. El ‘N Gee played gracious host to an… Continue reading Bair Grills… Homicideation by Mortifica