A compilation album is an album featuring tracks from one or more performers, often culled from a variety of sources, usually collected according to a common characteristic, such as popularity, genre, source or subject matter.
Alternative Control, a Connecticut e-zine about metal… And everything else you need to live, has put together just such an album filled to the brim with metal… and one acoustic track.
14 tracks of independent goodness at a price you can afford. NAME YOUR OWN. Everything from Hotels, to Car Insurance has a name your own price feature these days, and while it would seem really discouraging that most people would pay the minimum amount, in 2007, Radiohead claims it actually made more money off the “pay what you want” release than any other album.
Without costs of production, inventory, shipping or cuts to the middleman, it makes loads of sense to utilize the “give it away and pray” name-your-own-price business model.
CYPERNA — Excuse Me, That’s Mine
Before anyone gets all crazy, I’ve gone ahead and reported Alternative Control to the CDC for spreading Cyperna. That being said, what better way to start an album chock full of metal than with the ever crushing CT powerhouse, Cyperna. If you don’t like that, You sir… can go fuck yourself.
JIMMY JUNK BIRD AND THE STIFFS — Stuffed Maggots
Up next is southern CT metalcore outfit Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs, which while not as polished from an audio engineering standpoint, thrashes along nicely maintaining the fast pace set out by the intro track.
BARN BURNER — No Rest for the Wiccan
Defunct Barn Burner from Quebec slow things down a touch with No Rest for the Wiccan.
BARREN WOMB — Kill Hicks
The inclusion of Barren Womb from “across the pond” shows the reach of the internet based Alternative Control and exposes many who may not have been aware of the band to the noisy punk stylings. As the owner of a station that supports global independent music, I am glad these tracks are included on an otherwise “local” compilation.
INTO THE COVEN — The Witching Hour
Brand new music from Danbury based Into The Coven. The track has an almost a marching sort of feel and feels like Metal Church. I reviewed the entire album, it rips. Go get it today!
LIQUOR BARON — Thin Blue Line
Next up is the Hardcore, thrash outfit Liqour Baron. Loud, angry, and mean. A no nonsense track.
LOCUTUS — Sci-Fi
From Newburgh, NY, Locutus has an almost modern rock vibe that is sort of reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age with flair. 37 pieces of it to be exact.
KAOS REIGN — Hostage
What happens when you put a bunch of scene veterans into one band? You get Kaos Reign, a balls out metal band with thrashy roots. This track speeds things up a notch, perhaps two.
BEDROOM REHAB CORPORATION — No Payment for the Boatman
This is my first time checking out this 2 piece bass & drums doom rock band from New London, CT and I gotta say I FN love it! Sludgy goodness mix with fuzz to create a stoner doom sound that is quite enjoyable. Send me to BEDROOM REHAB CORPORATION stat!
LIGHTSBANE — The Long Night
Well, this compilation just got far more disappointing. Lightsbane hails from Ansonia CT and are the self proclaimed most disappointing band in all the land. The Long Night is a whirl wind of guitars and growling. Super heavy and technical this track steps things into high gear.
KALI MA — Chasing the Tail of Dogma
Instru-metal, brutal, savage, technical, and mean. Kali Ma is no joke and find their rightful spot on the compilation ensuring your face is properly and sufficiently melted clear off.
HEADGUN — Guilty
Another band I’m just now discovering, Headgun is a modern rock band that has a sound similar to classic Stone Temple Pilots. This track is good, but coming after the brutal Kali Ma makes it sound weaker by comparison. A great track as an introduction to the band for those of us who are not familiar.
RAIL — More Lies
RAIL has a punk rock feel that is reminiscent of Bad Religion mixed with a hardcore attitude. As the shortest track on the compilation, it almost feels rushed, but due to the brevity leaves you wanting more from the band.
LYRA — Breath and Blade
Melodic and symphonic, Lyra has a progressive feel and operatic delivery at times that makes it a stand out track. Specifically because of the female singer.
CHRISTIAN F. LAWRENCE — Maybe (Battleship)
This track doesn’t belong on this compilation. It’s slow and acoustic sound is sort of a bring down for the ending. Very anti-climactic. I’m a fan of Opus, but I think a track from Dead By Wednesday‘s Death of a Rockstar would have been a far better fit for this particular compilation which shredded and chugged right up until the end.
Overall this is a wonderful compilation of music. Each track stands on it’s own but mixes well with the others. The inclusion of the acoustic track feels like it was tacked on withouth much thought for the whole and because it was the end, it came off very anti-climactic.
Many of the songs leave enough of an impression that you want more from the individual artists, and at the end of the day the goal of the compilation is met.
The name your price option truly means that you could steal this album, and what a steal it would be.
GET THE ALBUM TODAY!