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

Music News: NOMAD to Release Debut Album This April

Southern Connecticut rockers Nomad are excited to release their debut album Love, Death, and Melody in April.  A hidden gem of hard rock buried in New Haven County’s suburbs, Nomad offers a polished sound that combines NWOBHM with stripes of 80s radio metal.  They recorded at Dexter’s Lab in Milford — lots of great local music… Continue reading Music News: NOMAD to Release Debut Album This April

Music News: Carried By VI to Release Debut Album

Wallingford, CT’s Carried By VI is preparing to release their debut album Whistling Past The Graveyard.  This is intense music about maintaining a positive mental attitude in the face of challenges — a message that’s even more relevant with the current pandemic situation. The album offers five tracks of no-frills hardcore and doom influenced metal,… Continue reading Music News: Carried By VI to Release Debut Album

AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: “Blink of an Eye” by MOURN THE LIGHT

You might think with planning a three-day metal festival (four days if you count the prefest party), that Dwayne Eldredge and Friends might be taking it easier in other areas of life.  But that’s not  the case!  Mourn the Light is currently working on their first full-length album and they’re excited to share a lyric… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: “Blink of an Eye” by MOURN THE LIGHT