Track Premiere: “Stone” by The Hawkins

Another group of Swedish retro rockers on The Sign Records, The Hawkins turn it up to Eleven with vocal harmonies, guitar acrobatics, and a fun-loving sound that this editor thoroughly appreciates in 2020’s bleak landscape. Take a vacation from your COVID staycation with “The Stones,” off their upcoming record Silence is a Bomb: Gaphals ·… Continue reading Track Premiere: “Stone” by The Hawkins

Sometimes It’s Fun to Have Fun: MANGATA and COVET

One thing modern heavy metal can be hopelessly devoid of?  Fun.  It’s all gloomy doom rituals or shredding as fast as you can in as many time signatures as possible…. But sometimes girls/boys/all genders of people just want to have fun.  Mangata and Covet are two fun bands I’ve come across on my quarantined April… Continue reading Sometimes It’s Fun to Have Fun: MANGATA and COVET

Nerd Talk with EMPTY FRIEND

Sci-fi’s the name of the game when you’re Nerd-Talkin’ with UK rockers Empty Friend.  Bassist Davvers takes us on an intergalactic journey with his taste in media… MOVIES I’m not a movie buff at all, and am really easily pleased and quite happy to suspend disbelief for even the most terrible of plot holes if… Continue reading Nerd Talk with EMPTY FRIEND

AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: Rick Massie’s “Together As One”

#QuaratineLife gotcha down?  Need a dose of prog rock positivity?  Canadian musician Rick Massie has ya covered with this video for the single “Together As One.”  Massie says of the tune, “I originally planned to release this long after my debut album as a solo artist. I didn’t want people to be confused and think that… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Premiere: Rick Massie’s “Together As One”

AltCtrlToob Video Review: “JIM” by Bif Naked

“JIM” (all caps intentional) is the new video from Canadian artist Bif Naked off her upcoming album CHAMPION.  Using a boxing motif, the video tells a chronologically backwards story of a lover finding out that her partner is unfaithful.  Watch below! So I could tell from this theatrically produced video that Bif Naked is not… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Review: “JIM” by Bif Naked

AltCtrlToob Video Review: “Attention!” by Apache Rose

When I read the moniker “Apache Rose,” I imagined a female singer-songwriter from the American Southwest, not a bunch of guys from Russia.  But irony is what Apache Rose is all about, at least in their recent single “Attention!”.  The song itself came out in October, and the band released a lyric video for it… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Video Review: “Attention!” by Apache Rose

Nerd Talk with HER NAME WAS FIRE

This Nerd Talk comes to us from across the pond, courtesy of Portuguese rock duo Her Name Was Fire. These guys serve up the groove just as well as they serve up the nerdy knowledge… Besides music, one of the things that bonds Her Name Was Fire as a collective is our love of movies, video… Continue reading Nerd Talk with HER NAME WAS FIRE