Inbox Gems: Belushi Speed Ball, Boozewa, and Black TarPoon

Let’s take a little stroll through Alternative Control history…  The Listening Lately column series started back in 2017 and had entries as recently as September 2020.  But with the new year, it’s time for a new column series, or at least slapping a new title on an old one: Inbox Gems. This series is thusly… Continue reading Inbox Gems: Belushi Speed Ball, Boozewa, and Black TarPoon

Alternative Control’s Top Ten Articles of 2020

This is always a fun post to put together because I get to look back at Alternative Control’s high points over the past twelve months.  In a year where indie musicians were met with many challenges, it was inspiring to see the amount — and quality — of new music that came out. This year,… Continue reading Alternative Control’s Top Ten Articles of 2020

Nikita’s 2020 Albums of the Year

by Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov Absolutely sucked, no mistake about it. Going into this year I thought this list would be a cakewalk but as I started to revisit some of the records from the previous weeks, I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of quality music that was churned out. That being said, here… Continue reading Nikita’s 2020 Albums of the Year

Music I Liked in 2020

Certainly there was a lot not to like in 2020…  To avoid making a series of gross understatements, I’ll just leave that there. But along with a very positive development in my family life that should be arriving on The Scene in early 2021, there was a lot of great music that came out in… Continue reading Music I Liked in 2020

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

EP Review: A Whisp of the Atlantic by SOILWORK

by Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov As awful as 2020 has been to everyone, at least we have new music from Soilwork to ease the pain, even if it’s only momentarily. These guys have been cranking out high quality melodic death metal for over two decades and judging by this EP, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.… Continue reading EP Review: A Whisp of the Atlantic by SOILWORK