Brotherhood of the Snake is the 2016 album by thrash metal band Testament featuring the return of Steve Digiorgio and Gene Hoglan. Testament shows that they are still a band that should be admired!
I cannot remember the last time I was so excited for an album to drop like I was for Serpentine Dominion. And my excitement was right, it is amazing!
The Barber of Seville, Pagliacci, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball are popular Italian operas. In this article I include a synopsis of each opera and some of its music.
Enter the Night is the third release from the melodic power metal project Cloven Altar, featuring Cederick "Ced" Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) and Dustin Altar.
The album Thy Kingdom Gone is the solid 2008 album by German Gothic rock Flowing Tears. Helen Vogt's voice has more power and the album is more melodic but it still cannot match 2004's Razorbliss.
Faith No More's genre-bending hard rock classic THE REAL THING was originally released in 1989 and was reissued as a deluxe 2-CD set in 2015.
"Revelation Highway" is the first new studio album from '80s rockers Babylon A.D. in more than fifteen years.
Includes embedded videos, text and translations, general remarks about each piece and specific listening guides. Learn to love Renaissance choral music (no prior knowledge required)!
If you've never been to a symphony, it's time you did. See why millions attend each year. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center offers the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
South of Heaven is the 4th studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer released in 1988. Although it is a good album, it cannot compare to whatever Metallica has released.
Facing the Animal is the very good heavy neoclassical rock album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen released in 1998. One of his best in years!
Explore the various early members and recordings made by Metallica, including music made by band members before they joined the band. Also, it includes facts that are overlooked and widely forgotten.
The DuShane Band create varied sonic textures that blend modern studio sounds and arrangements with southern rock and classic country.
The Serbian female fronted epic power metal band Claymorean returns with their second full-length release, "Sounds From a Dying World," on Stormspell Records.
This article is a biography of the Japanese metal band Dazzle Vision. The band was active from 2003 through 2015 and had influences from hardcore to thrash and punk.
Time is Up is the second full-length album by Denver Colorado thrash metal band Havok. Heavy metal fans should give these guys a chance! This 2011 album is a gem!
Roy Woods is signed to OVO. His stunning vocals combined with soft, synth sounds result in beautiful, Jamaican-influenced songs. He is certainly a rising star, comparable to The Weeknd and Drake.
This is an album review of Saintmotelevision, the second studio album from indie pop band Saint Motel.
Theatre of Tragedy is the name of the debut album of Norway's Theatre of Tragedy. It has the angelic vocals of Liv Kristine Espanaes and male vocal growls to create a good doom death metal album.
Three and a half years after releasing the much-admired LP 'Olympia', Canadian electronic outfit Austra release their third studio album 'Future Politics'...
US hip-hop trio Migos follow up their Lil Uzi Vert featured hit 'Bad And Boujee' with a second studio album entitled, 'Culture'...
Celebrating Hatsune Miku's 10th birthday, I'll be listing my top 10 favorite Hatsune Miku songs that were released during her first 10 years.
The story of discovering a classic recording for the first time and it becoming even better to you than the hype. Pet Sounds from the Beach Boys is one such gem.
We need to take a journey back in time to when legends were born and songs became anthems of a generation
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Bartók’s “Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm” with informed and detailed insight.
Overkill consistently waves the flag for working class Thrash Metal. Their latest album THE GRINDING WHEEL was released in February of 2017. Here's a brief history of their impressive career.
Many believe that an artist changing their style to appeal to the masses is a grave mistake in the creative process. They call this "selling out". I offer a different definition of this term.
Adored by many and falsely credited for "inventing" metal, these bands brought the genre to the low, overly commercialized pandering place it is in currently, riddled with tropes and cliches.
The late '60s witnessed a musical explosion of music that people still listen to today. As a result of the fierce competition, many excellent performers never received wide recognition.
Ember's Fall's second album is a heavy-hitting EP reminiscent of early 2000s Massachusetts-area metalcore.
"Infestation" was Ratt's first studio album since 1999 and their finest release since the glory days of the early 1980s. Unfortunately the reunion didn't last long.
Beau Nasty was a "one and done" hair metal band whose lone album, 1989's DIRTY BUT WELL DRESSED is not only a decent listen, but a sought-after collectible too.
This article is all about the talented Sabina Classen of the German thrash metal band Holy Moses and the reasons why she should be loved by heavy metal fans worldwide.
Did you know that there are 24 different sub-genres of heavy metal music? Here, I will discuss the differences and rock on!
Kick back and enjoy as I introduce you to some talented musicians that entertain folks in Nashville.
The British heavy metal band Slander has just released "Resolution Defiance," their first new studio album in more than 25 years, on Stormspell Records.
"Lions of the Sea" is the first full length release from Grimgotts, a fantasy-themed symphonic power metal band from the United Kingdom.
'Redemption' is the final instalment of New Orleans singer/songwriter Dawn Richard's album trilogy...
There is no doubt that the busiest and most productive man in music may very well be the one and only Mike Patton.
The album Iron is the solid 2004 album by Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum and it shows a strong return by Jari Maenpaa and the whole band!
Hey y'all come on in! Kick back and enjoy a Nashville experience as I introduce you to a talented musician that entertains country music fans in Music City.
Great pop music from Auld Caledonia managed to break through, or even make a comeback, in the 1990s. Here are 10 of the best Scottish Indie Pop bands of that decade.
Hey y'all come on in and enjoy a Nashville experience as I introduce you to a talented musician that entertains country music fans on Broadway.
Southern Silk Duo is a husband and wife team that carries on the tradition of some of the great R&B duo's of the '70s and '80s.
"Awaken, My Love!" was released tonight, and it begs the question: Where have you been all our lives?
A look at one of the most influential pop duos in history. How they came together and drifted apart only to reunite every decade or so after and their enduring appeal of more than 50 years.
Metalcore is a popular genre but the best works come from bands who play underground scenes; free from negative genre cliches and label pressure to abide by them to turn a profit.
Tales From the Thousand Lakes is the excellent 1994 album by Finnish metal band Amorphis. It has really influenced the doom and death metal genre and is totally worth having in your collection.
Yuri Fulone is a one-man power metal project from Brazil. "Your Kingdom Will Fall" is his second full length album release.
All you need to know, in detail, about Handel's 'And The Glory Of The Lord', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
George Michael's songs are resurfacing since the news of his death on Christmas Day 2016. George recorded so many wonderful songs, but what are some of his best?
20 of the best German metal bands, covering classic rock through to thrash, power, speed, and even melodic death metal, all fired from the axes of these Germanic hordes of hard licks and loud guitars.
Have you heard of Country Rap? It's not a new genre, but it is making big waves with several artists trying to make their way to the top. See how the South stacks up when country and rap get mixed.
Any band that can stay active for more than 30 years has to have the right stuff. Thrash pioneers Testament's newest album is a rich and consistent reminder of what makes them top of their genre.
The Canadian singer/songwriter follows up last year's 'Beauty Behind The Madness' with new album, 'Starboy'...
Quiet Riot released their new studio album "Road Rage" in August 2017, after encountering a few bumps in the road along the way.
All current American popular musical styles, from rock to hip-hop, to bluegrass, can trace their origins to traditional African musical styles introduced by American slaves.
Insisting that it's his last ever album, London grime pioneer Wiley releases the long-awaited, 'Godfather'...
Slayer has long been a legend in Thrash metal music. It's hard to imagine more aggressive guitar-playing. Jeff Hanneman is gone, Gary Holt lives. Both have ESP LTD guitars, and here they are.
Stormspell Records presents "The End of All Ends," a collection of long-lost tracks by the cult Swedish power/thrash metal band Detest.
Who is the king of New York hip hop? I won’t get into anything pre-'90s, as my knowledge and comfortability on the subject don’t stretch that far, but I'll cover the golden age of hip hop, onwards.
This is a list and brief description of 10 male rock musicians who are still going strong even as they age. They have had influential careers and their careers have lasted since the 1960s and 70s.
Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest drop their final album entitled, 'We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service’ ...
The Outer Limits, a thrash metal band from Bulgaria, just released their second album "Apocalypto" on Stormspell Records.
Ever wonder the OneRepublic "Feel again" meaning? Well, you've come to the right place, where Click2Connect can break it all down for you. Enjoy!
Actor Donald Glover showcases his singing skills on a third studio album under the Childish Gambino moniker entitled, ‘Awaken, My Love!’...
London rapper Little Simz deals with the pressures of fame on her second studio album, 'Stillness In Wonderland'...
Kick back and enjoy a country music experience as I introduce you to some talented musicians that entertain patrons in New Jersey and Nashville.
US hip-hop artist Yo Gotti rounds up some famous friends, and a crop of new names for his latest mixtape, 'White Friday (CM9)'...
Kick back and enjoy as I introduce you to a talented musician that entertains folks in California and Nashville. Stephan Hogan shines from coast to coast.
I talk to Bubba B the MC about how he creates rhymes with positive, uplifting messages and kid-friendly content.
Canadian thrashers Piledriver released two albums in the mid '80s and then disappeared. Here's a look back at the mysterious band's cult classic debut, 1985's "Metal Inquisition."
The debut album from Finland's Nighstryke, "Power Shall Prevail," is aimed at fans of NWOBHM and classic '80s power/speed metal.
Explore some of the works for violin and orchestra that carry descriptive titles and involve extra-musical narratives.
Kick back and enjoy a country music experience as I introduce you to some talented musicians that entertain fans around the USA!
"Gaia's Legacy" is the 2011 album by Italian progressive thrash metal band Eldritch. It is one of the most important albums in our lifetime. Read on to find out why.
US rapper T.I. revamps a previously-released EP into the politically charged studio album, 'Us Or Else: Letter To The System'...
Kick back and enjoy as I introduce you to a talented musician that entertains folks in Florida and soon in Nashville. Shine on, Dakota Hurley!
Die Happy was a short-lived Christian heavy metal band that rose from the ashes of the notorious Vengeance Rising. Their three-album discography still sounds pretty good today.
After a series of EPs, UK indie rock quartet Sundara Karma unleash their debut album, "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect"...
Pia - American Idol? Pia Toscano is the beautiful young singer who came ninth on the recent tenth season of American Idol, despite the fact she'd been largely expected to win. Proving that the talent show route isn't a safe or easy option when it comes to a lasting music career. Not that paying your dues in tiny venues and hoping for a break is exactly a barrel of epic funtime. She's got the voice and the looks to match - but what does the future hold for Pia Toscano?
Led by singles 'Kerala' and 'No Reason', UK electronic music producer Bonobo releases his sixth studio album, 'Migration'...
Suspiria is the 2000 album by Austrian doom and Gothic metal band Darkwell. It is one of those great albums that has been forgotten. Listen to it and you will see why.
Originally marked for release in September, US recording artist and actor Kid Cudi finally releases his sixth studio album, 'Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'...
All you need to know, in detail, about Leonard Bernstein's 'Something's Coming', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
Repentless is the 2015 thrash metal album by Slayer and it is their first album since 2009. However, it is one of their average releases.
I celebrated Record Store Day 2016 by purchasing five recent titles from Stormspell Records - a tiny but true independent metal label dedicated to keeping the spirit of '80s metal alive!
Elvis burst on the scene in the 1950s with much controversy. His dark black hair, vocal style, and shake and wiggle were patterned after black entertainers, like Ukelele Ike.
A decade after bursting onto the scene, London grime artist P Money finally releases his debut studio album, 'Live & Direct'...
Troye Sivan's new Blue Neighbourhood album (2015) is infectious, chill, and just the pop/dance record that you have been looking for.
Kiss' Music From the Elder has long had a reputation as being one of the worst albums by the band. In Fact, it's actually a surprisingly progressive and fulfilling record that shouldn't be missed.
Since midway through the 1900s this use of the word has been viewed as both “influential and controversial”.
It may be hard to believe, but Metallica's now-legendary debut album, KILL'EM ALL, will be 35 years old in 2018. Here are some memories of the first time I heard this genre-defining album.
The album "Obnoxious" is the second full-length album by British thrash metal band Acid Reign. Although the album did poorly in terms of sales, it is still an enjoyable one for sure!
Here is a review of the album Haven by the band Dark Tranquillity. It is the band's weakest album but it does still have some good musical quality. Read on to find out why.
This article provides excerpts and details from five of the meanest, harshest, and the most unsympathetic reviews of Classical composers that are viewed as geniuses today.
The Leipzig Opera House runs regular house tours, allowing visitors access to the stage, backstage, costume storage and much more. For those who can't visit in person, here is a virtual tour!
Rigoletto is a popular opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. In this article I discuss the opera's history, plot, and leading characters. I also include some of its lovely music.
One of my passions is music, past and present. During the years as a middle school and high school teacher, my favorite topics would be about music history and rock music was very fun to teach.
The Sham Mirrors is the very good 2002 album by Norwegian Avant Garde metal band Arcturus. It features the great vocal performance of Kristoffer Rygg.
"Goddess of Flame" is the debut full-length album from Volcana, a heavy stoner/doom metal band featuring members of Vindicator, Warbringer, and Seven Witches.
Canadian DJ Tony Sour has just released Sour Patch Bounce, an advance single from an upcoming unnamed album.
A merciless thrash-metal assault old-school style. The Crucifier not only has grasp on the best elements of classic thrash, they know how to enhance them to forge their own unique sound.
The charts are filled with music by so called one-hit wonders, a surprising number of which went all the way to number one.
Do the lyrics and video of System of a Down's song "Spiders" from their first album, released in 1998, suggest that we are living in a simulation or Matrix?
Just like all forms of popular music, jazz can be broken down into a bunch of different categories: swing, big band, traditional, smooth, acoustic, jazz, new age, free form, and more.
US rapper and producer J. Cole ignites speculation about his personal life with the release of his fourth studio album, '4 Your Eyez Only’ ...
With all the choices in music to listen to today, it's no wonder that many people don’t listen to classical music. One of the reasons may be a lack of knowledge about this musical genre.
The follow-up to 2014's 'Nobody's Smiling', Chicago rapper and actor Common returns with a new album entitled 'Black America Again'...
Synthwave (the new one, not the old one) is growing in popularity, from movie soundtracks to YouTube hits. But what is it? Read on to find out.
Here lies my all-time favorite bands of the moment. I am constantly finding new bands to listen to, and can always post a new Hub when something good comes along!
This hub-page is for those that are taking the GCSE Music. This hub-page includes all the information you need to know; both basic and advanced, about the 1st Movement of Symphony No.40 in G minor.
Some awesome sludge metal bands that you should by all means check out if you are not already familiar.
Bob Dylan is a cultural giant and has written some of the most influential songs of recent times but are the lyrics poetry? Let's take a look at some lyrics and decide once and for all.
The late '60s and early '70s witnessed a musical explosion, first in Britain, then in America. As a result, there were many talented bands that just couldn't nail down the big break.
Want to listen to indie music, but don't know where to start? This guide will give you tips and tricks to find the bands and artists you need to know about in the indie music scene.
In the latter part of the 20th century, Scandinavian music experienced a musical renaissance that still continues today. Here is a look at the music and the people who make it.
French electro production duo Justice return with their first studio album in five years, 'Woman'...
The cross-dressing heavy metal legends have hung up their makeup bags for good. The author, a longtime "SMF," looks back at 40 years of metal, mascara and mayhem.
New Orleans music lives in its own world. Going back to the Creole Jazz bands that pre-dated Louis Armstrong, music from the Big Easy has continually evolved into the multi-cultural mix of today.
Rappers El-P and Killer Mike, aka US hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels, release their third studio album, 'Run The Jewels 3'...
As the classic album "Nevermind" turns twenty five, the music still keeps the fresh smell of teen spirit.
From the original top-charters like Big Bang and 2NE1 to the current heartthrobs like BTS, EXO, Got7, and many more, k-pop is taking the world by storm, proving once again the power of music.
There was something really magical happening with music in the 60s and early 70s. Psychedelic Rock music gave voice to the dreams of an idealistic, if unrealistic generation.
Nothing beats a vacation in the Caribbean, but if you can't afford a visit to the tropical islands, you might get by with a comfortable lawn chair, a boat drink, and a long listen to these songs.
"Battles" is a lengthy album, it could have easily been shaved down to 13 songs and been even stronger than it already is. Terrific album overall; classic In Flames.
Mastodon, Neurosis, Baroness and other former artists have helped add to the legacy of Relapse Records.
Formed in 1981, Loudness is the best known Heavy Metal band from Japan. They're mainly remembered in the U.S. for their hit "Crazy Nights," from 1985's Thunder in the East album.
"War of the Roses" is the third full length album by power metal band Blazon Stone, released on Stormspell Records in November 2016.
Contrary to common belief, there are a lot of hip hop songs that express loneliness and heartbreak. Here are 10 Korean hip hop songs that can be considered as the saddest.
Whether home-grown or from the world diaspora, Palestinian hip-hop has become a means of expression for young people. Inspired by the great US rap artists and their own musical culture.
Independent country music artist Camille Rae knows what she wants and she's going for it. She tells us all about it in this interview.
1990 was an awaking of sorts for alternative rock music, as we had artists coming into their own and a number of awesome debuts as well.
All you need to know, in detail, about Capercaillie's 'Skye Waulking Song', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
Visit a gameday locker room, high school to professional, rural to urban, and you're guaranteed to hear music blasting. And more often than not, you'll hear hip-hop music.
The East Coast is where DJ Micro began his techno career in 1991. He established Caffeine Records, a weekly club night that grew into a full company as the techno DJ became an inspiration.