Track Premiere: “Seeking My Own Sun” by SVN.SEEKER

It feels good when any band entrusts this humble blog to premiere any track, but to share the FIRST single from the FIRST EP from an up-and-coming band in Alternative Control’s home state… It gives Ye Olde Editor that warm and gushy “heavy metal saved COVID Christmas” feeling. And if one song is going to… Continue reading Track Premiere: “Seeking My Own Sun” by SVN.SEEKER

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

Album Review: Planet Chaos by Carcariass

By Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov There are two trends that I’ve noticed come up this year: bands releasing albums after a long period of silence, and the overwhelming use of space as a lyrical theme. French melodic death metal outfit Carcariass checks off both of these boxes. Back with their first album in a decade, they released… Continue reading Album Review: Planet Chaos by Carcariass

New Reality: A Review of Soilwork’s Verkligheten

I can’t think of a better way to start off a hopefully busy 2019 of album reviews. I’ve lost track of Soilwork’s output since the Natural Born Chaos days of yore. Verkligheten makes me think that I’ve been missing out. Last time I left Soilwork, they were in the process of reformatting their music to… Continue reading New Reality: A Review of Soilwork’s Verkligheten

Review the Nightmare: Johnny Pluckman’s Take on Rise to Burn’s ‘Baptize the Nightmare’

Rise to Burn of Westchester, NY are no strangers to Alternative Control, or to anyone in the local NY and CT metal scenes. They were formed in 2013, are fronted by singer and guitarist Will Checchi of the much-loved No Remission, and released their original promo album in 2014. After much anticipation I finally have… Continue reading Review the Nightmare: Johnny Pluckman’s Take on Rise to Burn’s ‘Baptize the Nightmare’

Begat the Nephilim Surreptitiously Begets a Great Album

When I first saw New Hampshire’s Begat the Nephilim play at Cherry Street Station several years ago, I was struck by the contrast of their blistering performance and blithe stage presence.  Pretty sure one of them was wearing a skirt and fishnet stockings, although it may have been a Halloween show…  I later had the… Continue reading Begat the Nephilim Surreptitiously Begets a Great Album

Dystopian Symphony: An Interview and TICKET GIVEAWAY with Virus of Ideals

As their album fundraiser show approaches, Alternative Control had a virtual sit-down with Connecticut symphonic metal band Virus of Ideals.  Here’s what they had to say about the band’s origins, the recording process, and more….  Don’t forget to check them out at Cherry Street Station (Wallingford, CT) on Saturday February 24th — and enter to… Continue reading Dystopian Symphony: An Interview and TICKET GIVEAWAY with Virus of Ideals