AltCtrlToob: Saturday Morning Cartoons with Xenosis, Sacred Ash, and Wildstreet

Meant to post this installment of AltCtrlToob like a week ago, but sometimes grown-up things get in the way…. This morning, er, afternoon I’m riding the high of a fun show at one of the only Connecticut indie venues left, #thankfreakinggodforcherrystreet.  It’s the perfect time to make a fresh pot of coffee and pull up… Continue reading AltCtrlToob: Saturday Morning Cartoons with Xenosis, Sacred Ash, and Wildstreet

If You’re Too Old, It’s Too Loud: 2017 in Review

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,  it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”  In every year that goes by at Alternative Control, we increase both our wisdom and our foolishness! In some ways, it was a rough year for both the nation and our local… Continue reading If You’re Too Old, It’s Too Loud: 2017 in Review

CT Innovation: A Review of Xenosis’ Devour and Birth

A band in the local Connecticut metal scene often consists of people that know how to play and want to play heavy metal. Well, duh. But it takes a special kind of band to take that ability and passion and turn it into innovation. There’s nothing wrong with a group of people getting together and… Continue reading CT Innovation: A Review of Xenosis’ Devour and Birth

The Pluckening to Descend on Stamford, 12/9/2016

For the past several years, Alternative Control has celebrated the birth of our favorite webmaster, beer expert, bass player, and beard model Johnny Pluckman with an epic metal show dubbed The Pluckening.  This Friday December 9th, the ceremonial nativity rite will be held at Seaside Tavern in Stamford and feature a lineup of Connecticut and… Continue reading The Pluckening to Descend on Stamford, 12/9/2016

SHOW REVIEW: Xenosis Played the Music of Death, May 13, 2016 // Wallingford, Connecticut

It was finally Friday, May 13; the night I’ve been anticipating for quite some time because one of Connecticut best metal bands, Xenosis, was about to perform a selection of Death songs in honor of Chuck Schulinder’s birthday!  The excitement had been building since they first announced the show in March and you can sense… Continue reading SHOW REVIEW: Xenosis Played the Music of Death, May 13, 2016 // Wallingford, Connecticut

Vinyl Rules, Tapes Drool: An Interview with Prostitution

Brooklyn black metallers Prostitution will be making the trek to Wallingford, CT’s Cherry Street Station on January 15th to share the stage with Xenosis and Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs.  Guitarist Russ Cowen, bassist Jesse Adelson, and drummer Jason Spence talked with Alternative Control earlier this month about the band’s new material, the benefits… Continue reading Vinyl Rules, Tapes Drool: An Interview with Prostitution

The New Xenomorph: A Review of Xenosis’ Sowing the Seeds of Destruction

Xenosis has returned, and they’re even better. It’s easy to claim favoritism when lead guitarist Mark Lyon happens to be a personal friend, but Sowing the Seeds of Destruction is genuinely awesome – a focused, well-trained creature of extremity and maturity. I might even claim it as the strongest local metal release I’ve heard yet.… Continue reading The New Xenomorph: A Review of Xenosis’ Sowing the Seeds of Destruction