‘Tis the season to go shopping — and if there was ever a year to support local businesses, 2020 is it! Thanks to the magic of the World Wide Web, a shop that’s “local” to one person can probably be browsed from thousands of miles away. This year, my #unoccupythemall column will focus on small… Continue reading #UnoccupyTheMall with Static Era, Vinyl Fantasy, and Heather’s Records & Relics
Often the most innovative, emotive and powerful music defies categorisation. Sometimes you just have to hear it to understand it. A case in point is Canada’s Völur, whose third album, Death Cult, has just been released on Prophecy Productions. Often labelled as doom metal, they do indeed owe a large debt to the likes of… Continue reading Album Review: Death Cult by Völur (November 13th, Prophecy Productions)
SLEEPING VILLAGE RECORDS is pleased to announce the first release in a series of 2-track splits! Dust Prophet and Conduit, two bands spawned from the wildlands of New Hampshire, are here to lead the charge with a pair of yet-unheard singles. Both tracks presented herein — Dust Prophet’s “Down Below” and Condui’s “Constable”— walk a… Continue reading TRACK PREMIERE: “Down Below” by DUST PROPHET
Best thing about being an Alternative Control patron? Suggesting interviewees! When one of our folks said they’d love to hear what was going on with musician Alyssa Maucere-Pike, a veteran of many bands and most recently the bassist of Oregon riff-slingers Lord Dying, we hopped on the ol’ email and got to work! Here is… Continue reading Alyssa Maucere-Pike of Lord Dying Talks The Pandemic, Portland, and More
Following their 2019 acoustic single “Time,” Black North is putting some more skin in the game with the two-track EP The Lost Year: Volume 1. The eastern Connecticut trio (featuring Bill Bates on guitar and vocals, Stephanie Lussier on bass and vocals, and John Tolmie handling drums) has been a staple at local shows since… Continue reading Black North’s The Lost Year: Volume 1
IDK if this interview style will be the wave of the future or not, but I sent Continuum some interview questions and they filmed themselves answering — and it’s actually a great half hour of booze-filled, behind-the-scenes thoughts from these Connecticut metal stalwarts. (Great job, guys! Gold stars for everyone.) Check out this interview to… Continue reading AltCtrlToob Exclusive: CONTINUUM Interviews Themselves!
Vancouver melodic metal band Unleash the Archers has been fighting the good fight since 2007, and just released their fifth studio album in August 2020. When one of our Patreon subscribers suggested we interview their killer frontwoman Brittney Slayes, I wondered if “The Little Blog That Could” would even get a response from this Billboard-charting… Continue reading Interview: Brittney Slayes of UNLEASH THE ARCHERS on The Pandemic, Twitch, and More