William Control delivers a cinematic musical masterpiece with Neuromancer

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Bands, Electronic, Entertainment, music, New Music, New Release, Review, Tour
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William Control

What began as a side project of Wil Francis as he embarked to create an outlet of music which was quite different than that of Aiden. With that, William Control was born and I am glad that it grew with a magical life of it’s own and became his focus, hence I will refer to Wil Francis as William Control.

William Control

Out NOW! The release of William Control‘s latest album, Neuromancer. If you are familiar with William Control, this album is the prelude to his previous works; Hate CultureNoir and Silentium Amoris which all tell the tale of the nihilistic suicidal William Control. It all started with Hate Culture where the young man embarks on a last night of sex, sin and debauchery before he attempts to kill himself. How did this man get this way? What brought him to that edge? What is his story of how he became the screw up that he is?  Well, that is where Neuromancer comes in. This album is a prelude to Hate Culture and you are able to really get to know the inner works and thoughts of the William Control character.

What you are treated to is the exceptional songwriting of William as he takes you into the realms of dark romanticism through his darkwave/ electronica goth music.  It truly creates a cinematic tale through the dark tones, captivating synth work, scintillating electro beats and vocals that could quite possibly give you shivers. William’s voice can take you from vulnerable, seductive, powerful, commanding, despair to bliss. He has such an amazing depth of range through his tones that he paints a picture with his words.

The album starts off with a spoken word introduction as you prepare to join William on his journey. Adore has great dark tones as William professes his love for a woman, a love so deep that he is just trapped in her. He can’t escape, nor does he want to, he wants to be with her wholly and needs her acceptance. The album continues to take you on how he begins down the dark path that led him to that night in Hate Culture. Illuminator has a haunting choir and then transitions into a faster catchy electro beat and then features Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) as he narrates the story.

Passengers is a deep dark ballad on the piano that highlights William’s mesmerizing vocals. The emotionally driven lyrics create a feel as if his heart has been cut open and it’s his love and feelings are bleeding through. It is one of my favorite songs on the album. Where the Angels Burn is another favorite as it brings the story/album to an end with vocals that highlight loneliness and despair. The song ends with the character’s spoken word declaration for his love and creates such a haunting vibe that is intensely moving! It makes me want to start the album all over again.

It is a story that I want you to experience for yourself. Each song can be played individually and enjoyed on it’s own musical merit. With music reminiscent of early Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy or New Order, William in no way imitates, since he has created his own unique style that I have grown to love. There is no denying the excellent songwriting of Wil Francis as he brings to life William Control through his words and music.  I would hope that you listen to the album from start to finish and enjoy the cinematic musical masterpiece which is Neuromancer.

So, make sure to pick up your copy of Neuromancer and also check the tour dates below so you can catch William Control live on The WE Love Tour with Combichrist and New Years Day. We hope to bring you an interview with William Control from the upcoming San Francisco show.

~ Marisol

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