This year has been full of action of Alternative Control. Here’s a rundown! Thanks to people like you, our readership continues to grow — 44,000 visits from almost 38,000 unique visitors! Although most of our content is about music, our most viewed article was about hair: “Tips and Tricks for Dyeing Your Hair Interesting… Continue reading 2013: A Year in Review
When I received an email from Epoch Era asking Alternative Control to review their EP, I wasn’t sure what to expect. They billed themselves as “a group of teenagers from North Haven” who were “spawned from the semen and eggs of (their) parents and […] here to invade your ear holes.” And when you tell… Continue reading Epoch Era: Iron Maiden, Stale Cheetos, and “The Vest”
Well, another year is behind us. It’s been another awesome year for music. The metal genre seemed particularly fruitful, with many bands releasing seminal albums. Therefore, I feel that a separate write-up was needed this year for metal. And I mean, this IS a heavy metal focused blog! Keep in mind, this is a… Continue reading Baldwin’s Top Choices of 2013 Part 1: The Metal Releases
This year was my first year with Black Friday off in 9 years. You would think I would have liked to spend it the right way, by missing it completely due to 24 hour Thanksgiving food coma. But me being the glutton for punishment, I decided to spend it the traditional way. I got up… Continue reading Two Music Geeks Enroll in Red Scroll
By Laurie Lawless Originally published in The Mercurial. Moving away from making music to providing an outlet for it was a crucial turning point in Steve Rodgers’s life. It was 2003 when he decided to open The Space, an all ages concert venue, in an old, beat down 1960s industrial park in Hamden, Connecticut.… Continue reading The Spaceland Ballroom Completes Rodgers’ Hamden Music Trifecta
On the surface, it appears that there has never been a better time to be an independent musician than within the last decade. A crumbling, non-evolving music business model was taken hostage by Napster and then metaphorically sold to iTunes around 2002, MTV changed their programming outlook to such a point that the new… Continue reading Held Tightly In Your Hands – The CD vs. MP3 Census.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s bands like Diamond Head, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, and Witchfinder General buried the blues base of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple in favor of quicker tempos, tough-guy guitar riffs, and a denim-clad aesthetic. This movement became known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and… Continue reading Review: Symphony of Malice’s Judgement Day