Throwback Thursday: Queensryche’s Promised Land

Queensryche were at the top of their game and at the peak of commercial success when Promised Land was released. It was received warmly, selling millions of copies and hitting respectable positions in the charts. This might have partially been due to residual interest in the band because of the platinum success of Empire before… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Queensryche’s Promised Land

4 and ½ Stars: A Review of Steven Wilson’s 4 ½

Anyone who is an avid listener of Steven Wilson’s output knows that he has a knack for changing things up. That’s why his recent moves have been frustrating. The last two albums he’s been involved with, despite their excellent craftsmanship, have been pretty predictable. He’s been writing 70s progressive rock; a genre influence that he… Continue reading 4 and ½ Stars: A Review of Steven Wilson’s 4 ½

Single Review: “Haunt Me” by Construct Paradise

By Jonathan Hammer Construct Paradise released their latest single, “Haunt Me,” on Christmas day – and there’s a reason why the weather got hotter for a while there. Since its release, “Haunt Me” has gained some notable attention, and in my opinion, rightfully so. On my first listen, the production was an immediate attention-grabber; the… Continue reading Single Review: “Haunt Me” by Construct Paradise

Tempted by Your Cunning Voice: A Review of Mile Marker Zero’s Young Rust

Comprised of former Western Connecticut State University music students, Mile Marker Zero puts their education to good use on Young Rust.  The April 2014 EP is multi-faceted without pretension, complex without sacrificing catchiness. The short album vacillates between moods, from spacey and romantic on “Bound” to forceful on “Toughest Love.” Much to my relief, the… Continue reading Tempted by Your Cunning Voice: A Review of Mile Marker Zero’s Young Rust

Interview with Mark Lyon of Xenosis

Yesterday, Alternative Control had a sit-down with Xenosis guitarist Mark Lyon to talk about the band’s new album and their sure-to-be-triumphant return to The Scene next weekend.  Sowing the Seeds of Destruction will be released July 18th at The Outer Space in Hamden, following a long hiatus that had many wondering if Xenosis would ever… Continue reading Interview with Mark Lyon of Xenosis

Album Review: As Darkness Falls by Winter Calling

Florida band Winter Calling released their debut full-length As Darkness Falls this March to much critical acclaim in the blog-o-sphere.  Warranted?  Let’s have a listen: With the cinematic scope and excellent recording quality of their songs, it’s impressive that Winter Calling formed less than two years ago.  Pros or not, to put out a full-length album of this… Continue reading Album Review: As Darkness Falls by Winter Calling

EP Review: Calatrilloz’s Psalms of Zayhin

In March, Alternative Control reviewed “I Am Alive,” a track from London rock quintet CalatrilloZ’s upcoming EP Psalms of Zayhin.  They liked it so much that we got the opportunity for an advance review of the entire album! “Origins” starts off at a fast clip, introducing listeners to CalatrilloZ’s trademark sound: lustrous clean vocals and… Continue reading EP Review: Calatrilloz’s Psalms of Zayhin