William Control By Cheryl Frishman

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William Control is the kind of artist that only comes around once in a blue moon. Quite simply, I was blown away when I heard his newest album, The Neuromancer, which was released on 4/4/2014.

 

    William Control is a side project for Aiden frontman William Francis, which formed in 2008 and boasts four full length albums, two EPs, and a live DVD. He has contributed to two movie soundtracks on Saw V, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans(2009), and Underworld: Awakening (2012).  Francis has also written collections of poems and books that have become popular amongst fans.  Revelator: Book 1 is the first release in his series about William Control.

 

Francis plays a fusion of various types of rock music including electronic darkwave, industrial, and punk.   He is truly undefinable and that is the best kind of artist.  His music can move between various genres all in one song and this makes him unique.

 

Each track takes us to a dark, politically incorrect place that begs to be addressed. The album takes us through a battle of his own imperfections. What can you lose if you risk everything?

 

The first track, a piece of spoken poetry, puts the listener at the center of William Control’s mind. His gravelly, but inviting voice winds us through his inner thoughts and leaves us abruptly with the idea that this may be his last night on earth.

 

In Price We Pay, a vivid picture is painted of a man who gives everything to live his life the way he wants and is now paying the price.  The Flith and the Fetish continues to embellish on how William Control continues to seek his own pleasures in life.  InGod is Dead, Control feels that hell won’t even take him.

 

Songs like Adore and Passengers show us another side of William Control .  He speaks of being estranged from his one true love.  Is this the high price he has paid for living life his way?

 

After a journey through many emotions, Control finds himself at the gates of heaven.  He realizes that there can be no heaven for him without his one true love.  He must return to his life and do what ever he can to find his love.   The last song,Where the Angels Burn, returns to the spoken word poetry, as William Control softly says over and over “my love, my love”.

 

   William Control:  The Neuromancer is a thoughtful , extraordinary album.  It tells an amazing story from beginning to end that will keep the listener on the edge of their seat.  William Francis has brought his audience something very rare in today’s world of music and I cannot wait to see what he does next.

Song List:

Intro

Adore (Fall in LoveForever)

Revelator

Price We Pay

God Is Dead

The Filth and the Fetish

Illuminator

Passengers

The Blade

Love is a Shadow

Where the Angels Burn

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