Worldburner on the Way: An Interview with Glass Divide

Many bands have used the past year to hunker down and work on new music, and Connecticut metal vets Glass Divide were no exception. With their EP Worldburner coming out on April 20th, guitarist PJ Morell and vocalist Mike Mones sat down virtually with Alternative Control to talk about this release and how they’ve held… Continue reading Worldburner on the Way: An Interview with Glass Divide

Bandcamp Friday, the DIY Edition

It’s no surprise that the pandemic has made home recording a necessity, or at least a more fruitful pastime, for many folks. This #bandcampfriday, check out some musicians who took creative matters into their own hands. Marq the A$tronaut, “Satanic Girls” This lively single by Connecticut guitarist and producer Marq the A$tronaut, a.k.a. Mark Lyon… Continue reading Bandcamp Friday, the DIY Edition

Album Review and Artwork Reveal: Mourn the Light’s Suffer, Then We’re Gone

By Charlie Sad Eyes Connecticut doom outfit Mourn The Light has done a lot in less than three years of existence: toured America, played a string of dates in Canada, and amassed a large social media following, all on the strength of an EP, a split CD with Oxblood Forge, and some singles… All while… Continue reading Album Review and Artwork Reveal: Mourn the Light’s Suffer, Then We’re Gone

Bair Grills… Hemlock Is Blind by Paradox Black

Connecticut has known literally countless heavy metal musicians. From the internationally recognized to the tough-break busts, the local legends and the unsung greats, the multitaskers in ten different projects and the lifers who spend decades in the same group…. For the third-smallest state in the Union, it seems like there is a nearly infinite supply… Continue reading Bair Grills… Hemlock Is Blind by Paradox Black

AltCtrlToob Video Roundup: Eyes of the Dead and Celtic Metal Dude

As “Back to School in the Year of Corona” quickly approaches, I could sure use some levity in my life. Here are two videos I’ve come across that provide it! First up is the July video “End of Days” from Connecticut death metal stalwarts Eyes of the Dead. Filmed and edited by Bob Marino of… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Roundup: Eyes of the Dead and Celtic Metal Dude

AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: BONE CHURCH Sits Down with Charlie Platteborze

Connecticut doom rockers Bone Church sat down at Altones last month with Charlie Platteborze to chat about how the band got started, their relationship with Ripple Music, and more. Presented by SCENE Productions, it’s quite the enlightening interview. For instance, find out which member of Bone Church may or may not have a family history… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: BONE CHURCH Sits Down with Charlie Platteborze

Album Review: Echoes from Deep November by Fires in the Distance

The debut album from Connecticut metal supergroup Fires in the Distance, Echoes from Deep November more than lives up to expectations from their local scene — and furthermore, the expectations placed upon a band that was signed before their first release in the midst of a pandemic.  But these guys have been at it long… Continue reading Album Review: Echoes from Deep November by Fires in the Distance