Don’t Try to “Make It”: An Interview with Phil From Khemmis

From left: Ben (gtr/vox), Phil (gtr/vox), Zach (drums), and Dan (bass).

If Denver doom quartet Khemmis made waves with their 2015 debut, Absolution, their sophomore album Hunted was a tsunami.  Now on the eve of their third release, Desolation, vocalist and guitarist Phil Pendergast talked with Alternative Control about the band’s songwriting, imagery, and the ideal of “making it.”  Weekend warriors of heavy metal, read on…… Continue reading Don’t Try to “Make It”: An Interview with Phil From Khemmis

Listening Lately: Exercises in Collaboration with Slomatics, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, and Glory or Death Records

Hearing Live and Dangerous literally changed my musical life, so when I saw that Glory or Death Records was putting out a compilation of Thin Lizzy covers….  OMG.  Featuring a couple of my Psycho Las Vegas favorites, Mothership and Goya, the first LP of Bow to Your Masters Volume 1 has just been released via… Continue reading Listening Lately: Exercises in Collaboration with Slomatics, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, and Glory or Death Records

Listening Lately: Delivery Jams Part II ft. King Witch, Curse the Son, and Norse Mythology

You may wonder, “Why is Jessica delivering pizzas in North Haven, an hour away from where she lives?”  Surely a valid question… The reason is that Apizza Grande’s North Haven location has recently become my family’s business.  And in the name of the Family Business, I took what we’ll call a “paid winter internship” there… Continue reading Listening Lately: Delivery Jams Part II ft. King Witch, Curse the Son, and Norse Mythology

It’s More Like a Warning: An Interview with Usnea

Usnea, from left: Justin Cory, Zeke Rogers (back), Joel Williams, and Johnny Lovingood. Photo by Orion Landau.

On Friday August 18th, Alternative Control talked with up-and-coming doom band Usnea before their set at Psycho Las Vegas.  The Portland, Oregon outfit — which includes guitarist/vocalist Justin Cory, bassist/vocalist Joel Williams, guitarist Johnny Lovingood, and drummer Zeke Rogers — releases their third full-length album Portals Into Futility this Friday on Relapse.  They will also be… Continue reading It’s More Like a Warning: An Interview with Usnea

SHOW REVIEW: Khemmis, Crypt Sermon, and Sanhedrin, January 14, 2017 // Brooklyn, NY

It was my maiden voyage to the seminal Brooklyn metal club Saint Vitus, and my GPS told me that I had “arrived.”  There was no marquee, no sign… Only a few long-haired dudes in jean jackets standing outside of a bodega, next to an unmarked black door with a cross over it.  Was this the… Continue reading SHOW REVIEW: Khemmis, Crypt Sermon, and Sanhedrin, January 14, 2017 // Brooklyn, NY

Album Review: SOURVEIN’s Aquatic Occult (Metal Blade)

It’s been a long, slow slog to get to this point, but T-Roy, the creative force behind Sourvein, has shown no let-up in his dedication to his craft. On Aquatic Occult, the band’s new album released this past week on Metal Blade, he offers a master class on the art of doom. In fact, the… Continue reading Album Review: SOURVEIN’s Aquatic Occult (Metal Blade)

Mourning Blues: A Review of Mammothwing’s Morning Light

Mammothwing is a doom band based out of Nottingham, UK. They’re a brand new trio to the scene, and I would have missed them had it not been for my relentless browsing of internet music sites. I liked the album cover, which is an album trait that dictates more often than not what I choose… Continue reading Mourning Blues: A Review of Mammothwing’s Morning Light