"A Message From the Past" is the debut album by Runelord, a power metal project featuring members of Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, and The Outer Limits
There is a mystery surrounding the composition of Adagio in G Minor for Organ and Strings. Who really composed one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces ever written?
Is musical talent inherited? This article gives evidence that this may indeed be the case. A famous family of "old time fiddlers," the Rutland clan, is examined with music videos to prove the point.
Beethoven's 3rd Symphony is the composition that launched Beethoven's Middle Period, an era where Beethoven produced his most well-known compositions. The 3rd Symphony changed the symphonic landscape forever, which led many to ask, what is the meaning of Beethoven's 3rd?
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.
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.
Portland, Oregon based new wave duo, Camp Crush, are set to release a new EP on May 18th, 2018. Find out what dance moves they are good at, among other things, in this chat with vocalist Jen Deale.
On 1993's "Edge of Thorns," progressive metal titans Savatage replaced longtime screamer Jon Oliva with new vocalist Zak Stevens. The result was one of the finest albums of their long career.
Stormspell Records found a 1986 tape by a lost band possibly known as "Steel Assassin." All attempts to locate them have come up empty. Maybe you can help solve this Heavy Metal Mystery!
Whether you prefer big blooms, heavy scents, or tiny, almost insignificant florets, there is a flower for you. Read about Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Schumann, Bizet, Delibes, Puccini, Jean Françaix, and other composers who have been inspired to write about flowers.
Enter the Night is the third release from the melodic power metal project Cloven Altar, featuring Cederick "Ced" Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) and Dustin Altar.
This article contains a recording of each movement from Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” along with brief notes for each movement that form a listening guide. A printable file of the notes is included for free distribution wherever the “Carnaval” is performed.
In this article I will take you through the different stylistic trends and eras of visual kei in relation to Japanese metal music.
The charts are filled with music by so called one-hit wonders, a surprising number of which went all the way to number one.
Rappers El-P and Killer Mike, aka US hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels, release their third studio album, 'Run The Jewels 3'...
"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.
Famous German Composers of Classical Music - Biographies and videos to showcase the work of Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, and others greats from history.
The Kinks issued this concept album in 1968 and, with good reason, it is one of Ray Davies's favorites. This album will take you to the magical world Ray created to find peace and harmony.
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.
Calypso music is a Caribbean art form that flourished in the middle years of the 20th century, but is less popular today.
Did you know that there are 24 different sub-genres of heavy metal music? Here, I will discuss the differences and rock on!
Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest drop their final album entitled, 'We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service’ ...
With a famous reputation for glamour and fashion and all things exotic the country of Italy has also produced much beautiful music. Here is a collection of famous female vocalists from the country who would come under a fairly broad definition of Rock music.
As human beings, we’re all so inundated in what is around us. Perhaps we are nothing more than just a product of that. Is there something from within that makes people different from one another? Are some people born with special genius? Either way, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a true genius.
"Lions of the Sea" is the first full length release from Grimgotts, a fantasy-themed symphonic power metal band from the United Kingdom.
Let Em Riot (Alan Oakes) creates music that combines ethereal synth tones, strong vocal melodies and a healthy respect for the sounds of the '80s that's still rooted in modern production. I talk to him about his start in music and the creative process as he experiences it.
This is the absolute best website to find facts about the band that are bizarre and true. Created by a fan for the enjoyment of fans. Including rare songs and an explanation of their origin.
DJ KIlma is an electronic music producer and DJ based in Winnipeg, MB. I talked to her about where her interest in DJing comes from, her creative process and where she sees herself going in the future.
Here are some of the best Italian Alternative Rock bands. Some bands are hard to categorise in any language. The Italian music scene is no different and many groups will produce quite unique music.
"Time Is Death" is the second full length album from Lucifer's Hammer, a traditional heavy metal band from Chile.
Need a talent in your back pocket for a rainy day? How's about the ability to sing Gangnam Style in Korean? Learn how to sing Gangnam Style in Korean (lounge cover) without learning Korean.
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?
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.
Famous Russian Composers of Classical Music - Historical biographies and videos to showcase the music of Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and others.
Enjoy 15 of the best heavy rock bands from the nation which literally sparked the inspiration for 'Smoke on the Water'.
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?
The best thrash metal guitarists from the legendary Big Four thrash bands shaped a genre and influenced a generation of guitar players.
A brief history and some fanboy perspective on the Ramones, aka the greatest rock band ever to set foot on God's green earth.
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."
Love hip-hop but don't know how to share it? Or maybe you're curious about the genre yourself? These five are good introductions to what hip-hop has to offer.
Kix's third album, Midnite Dynamite, was released in 1985 and is still considered to be their finest work, but success would continue to elude them for a few more years. The hard working Maryland band is still on the road to this day!
Rap Beats or Hip Hop beats are easy to make with beatmakers when you follow a few simple rules. Let’s explore what makes up a hip hop beat and exactly how it's made...
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!
Learn this fingerstyle/ classical guitar arrangement of the Elizabethan dance piece, Kemp's Jig. The score containing both notation and tablature staffs is included along with an audio recording.
An easy classical guitar study by Aguado with standard notation, guitar tablature, audio demo and study notes for learners
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.
Spellwitch hails from Finland and they play classy, melodic '80s style metal in the vein of Dio, King Diamond and early Savatage
An introduction to ten underappreciated Japanese heavy metal guitarists who you might not have heard of.
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.
Read about what tragedies befell some of our most treasured composers - Purcell, Dvorak, Alban Berg, Weber, Bizet, and Felix and fanny Mendelssohn.
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!
The debut album from Finland's Nighstryke, "Power Shall Prevail," is aimed at fans of NWOBHM and classic '80s power/speed metal.
Rob Halford abruptly left Judas Priest in the early 1990s and formed a new, grittier heavy metal band called Fight.
"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.
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.
Learn about the famous bands that started in the bay area! This article includes details about bands from San Francisco, Oakland, El Cerrito, Palo Alto, etc.
The pirate metal horde returns! "Down in the Dark" is the fourth full length release from Swedish power metal masters Blazon Stone.
Whether home-grown or from the world diaspora, here are 15 of the very best of Palestinian Hip-Hop artists. Inspired by the great US rap artists and their own musical culture.
We need to take a journey back in time to when legends were born and songs became anthems of a generation
The DJs/producers who call themselves Average Gypsy are partners in music and in life. I talked to Dani about how their music.
All of us have encountered storms of one sort or another in our lives. Unsurprisingly, composers have written music to conjure them up. Read how Haydn, Johann Strauss II, Khachaturian, Beethoven, Berlioz and Britten have found inspiration from storms in their music.
German elements like the sharp blackletter font and the runic umlaut dots were a popular source of visual branding among many seminal heavy metal and hard rock groups in the 1970s and 80s.
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!
The Dead Kennedys, Beatles, Alice in Chains... These bands ruled the Anti-Establishment scene a couple decades ago. But who are today's biggest system opposing bands?
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.
"Unforeseen Consequences" is the first full length album from Bulgarian thrash metal band Terravore.
I talk to musicians and video game composers Chalmers Croft and Tommy Norris about Box Monkey Studios, why they love video game music and their creative processes.
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!
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.
This page explores the album cover illustrations by graphic designer David Stone, including a great photo log of several DSM album covers.
Often referred to as "Christian Rock's answer to AC/DC," X-Sinner's debut album still sounds great more than 25 years after its original release.
Read about classical music composers depicting morningtime, Ravel, Debussy, Haydn, Elgar, Roussel, Grieg and Delius all taking inspiration in different ways, from Greek classical literature and a painted ceiling to time spent on an orange plantation.
There is something enjoyable for everyone on this one, whether you are more a fan of Anthony Green's sweet and genuine love songs, his more playful pop songs, or his darker explorations into love and relationships.
Read about composers' visions of travel. Ravel, Mahler, Honegger, Offenbach, Vaughan Willliams , Jan Sandström and John Adams all composed pieces based on a form of transport, boats, bikes, locomotives and aeroplanes, and of course, feet.
Priests communicate heavenly thoughts through sermons, but in certain gifted individuals, they also speak through beautiful music. Their lives of prayer served as a wellspring of creativity.
Dave Quanbury is a Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter. His songs explore the inner world and touch on the emotional life of the mind.
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.
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.
I talk to Bubba B the MC about how he creates rhymes with positive, uplifting messages and kid-friendly content.
Here is a list of the most important guitar players in the history of rock. These are the guitarists who inspired millions to pick up the instrument and make their own marks in the music world. Every great guitarist had their own influential hero, and chances are it was one of these players.
Third Day is a great Christian rock band. Cari Jean lists her favorite Third Day songs which includes Thief, King of Glory, Creed, My Hope is You, I Need a Miracle, and more.
For thousands of years man has been fascinated by the moon, finally landing on it in 1969. Read about inspiration taken from the moon by composers: Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Schonberg, Britten, Dvorak, Janacek and Vítězslav Novak.
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.
Woody Guthrie led an extraordinary life; beset by tragedy and success in equal measure, he inspired many with his crusade against the injustices of life and for the rights of all men and women.
Stygian Oath is a traditional heavy metal band from Thessaloniki, Greece that has just released their debut six-song EP through Stormspell Records.
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.
I talked to Kevin Roy about how he first fell in love with music, his creative process and how he recharges his batteries to keep on creating new music.
Kenneth McKellar was a popular tenor known for his beautiful interpretation of Scottish vocal music. He died in 2010, but his music lives on in many recordings.
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!
The Outer Limits, a thrash metal band from Bulgaria, just released their second album "Apocalypto" on Stormspell Records.
US rapper and producer J. Cole ignites speculation about his personal life with the release of his fourth studio album, '4 Your Eyez Only’ ...
Japan's metal scene only truly began to pick up steam after Loudness' debut in 1981. This article discusses 10 instances of Japanese bands playing heavy metal, or very close to it, in 1980 or earlier.
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.
With over 100 songs, it can be daunting to try out Kumi Koda's discography. This list compiles her ten best songs to get you started.
Famous Austrian Composers of Classical Music - Historical biographies and videos to showcase the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Mahler.
The late 1980s and early '90s were an exciting era for me. I spent six years going to clubs and warehouse parties - the illegal "raves". It was more than just music - it was a way of life.
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.
Everyone has to eat and drink. It's one of life's pleasures, whether a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings or a vegan Indian spread of many dishes. Classical music with food at its heart by Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Verdi, and Schubert.
Stormspell Records presents "The End of All Ends," a collection of long-lost tracks by the cult Swedish power/thrash metal band Detest.
This article is about the early history of the symphony in western classical music. Beginning in Italy and continuing through Haydn, early symphony composers opened the door for future composers that would become synonymous with the genre.
Malaika song is probably the most renowned love ballad to have come out of Africa. It is a sad story about a young man whose love for his dream girl could not happen because he was poor.
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.
Lemmy and company may be gone, but Motörhead's bad-ass musical legacy lives on. Here are 25 facts about the loudest band in the world.
Quiet Riot released their new studio album "Road Rage" in August 2017, after encountering a few bumps in the road along the way.
The Canadian singer/songwriter follows up last year's 'Beauty Behind The Madness' with new album, 'Starboy'...
A wee bit of history regarding pub music and drinking songs, from Ireland, Scotland, England, and even the United States.
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.
Kick back and enjoy a country music experience as I introduce you to some talented musicians that entertain patrons in New Jersey and Nashville.
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.
Singing Karaoke with friends can be an enjoyable party experience (even if you can't remember the lyrics). Signing can bring you and your friends even closer. Learn the most enjoyable ways to sign karaoke with friends.
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!
'Artificial Selection' is one of the least risky albums produced by DGD. But, honestly, with choruses that catchy and songs that well-produced, it's hard to really care.
Doug Perry is a percussionist, composer and music educator based in Connecticut. His musical passions and abilities span a wide range of genres from jazz to classical, traveling down many other musical avenues along the way.
Folk music has a long history in American culture. Because America is so ethnically diverse, the musical landscape of America is also diverse.
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.
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.
Four chords have taken over the pop music industry. Is it a new fad and a damaging sight or successful common knowledge that has taken artists to the top 100?
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.
In the 80s punk started to move in different directions. Hardcore, Psychobilly and more! Here is a list of the 10 best punk albums of the 80s.
Kimbra's "Good Intent" music video excels in the way it portrays and conveys relationship nuance with artistic finesse and symbolism. Explore the deep meaning and analysis of this song and video.
"Revelation Highway" is the first new studio album from '80s rockers Babylon A.D. in more than fifteen years.
Every town has at least one or two rappers, and every city has at least one or two hundred. But rapping and being a good rapper are two different things. And killing it between interviews is another.
The Old West is a much fabled part of our national culture. Selected here are ten songs and ballads that reflect the richness and adversity of those who ventured into the region, as it was being settled.
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.
All you need to know, in detail, about Leonard Bernstein's 'Something's Coming', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
Filipinos always express happiness, victory, sadness and mourning through songs, particularly the Kundiman. They did it then, they are doing it now, so the Kundiman will stay forever in our hearts.
Julie Fowlis is a popular Scottish folk singer and musician. She generally sings in Gaelic and is involved in collecting the traditional songs of the Hebrides.
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.
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.
A look at the life and career of Jani Lane, former lead singer of the '80s rock band Warrant, who passed away on August 11, 2011.
KISS' 1998 album "Psycho Circus" was the first new studio album in almost twenty years by the reunited original band... but did it live up to the hype?
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.
The greatest debut album in rock history Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction was also one of the rawest and mean spirited albums in years.
I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t listen to jazz music because they feel intimidated by the music. That’s where I come in.
I talk to Canadian ambient electronic musician Battlemoose (Marcel Lecker) about his passion for music, his creative process and where he finds inspiration.
Record stores may be a dying breed, but thankfully music collecting addicts can still get their fix at their local thrift stores!
The follow-up to 2014's 'Nobody's Smiling', Chicago rapper and actor Common returns with a new album entitled 'Black America Again'...
"Celtic Kings" is the fifth and final, long-awaited, album by Cederick Forsberg and his merry band of Swedish power/speed metal barbarians.
This is an album review of Saintmotelevision, the second studio album from indie pop band Saint Motel.
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.
Orlando, Florida progressive death metal outfit, Monotheist, is back with a brutal new record. Founder and guitarist, Prophet, sits down and discusses the record-- and music in general.
While the raucous sound of Jimi Hendrix's lead guitar playing is still celebrated, the deeper ballads of Hendrix serve to tell the whole story of Jimi.
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.
Ten Songs For A 50’s Sock Hop Ladies, whip out your poodle skirt, saddle shoes, and bobby socks. Gentlemen, get your letter sweater out, white socks, and dungarees, it’s time for a sock hop! A sock hop is a great way to get your friends...
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.
Brutal! The thrash metal band Pantera's 1992 masterpiece Vulgar Display of Power is just that Vulgar, in a good way.
Many composers love the outdoors and the sound of birds. Article on birdsong in classical music. Cuckoo, hen, lark, bobolink, red cardinal, quail, nightingale, oriole and exotic species all here.
Everybody loves a good ghost story and everybody loves a good song. Combine the two and now you have something extra special that just might tingle your spine on a dark, chilly night.
Jazz was born out of the pain of slavery and the clash between the cultures of West Africa and the Protestant ethos of the Southern states of the United States. This is a first article in a series looking at the history of jazz through an examination of its many genres.
Country music may have a love-hate relationship with technology, but this big world keeps changing & country music can't help but reflect it. Here are 15 songs that tell the story of innovation.
The land of Scotland may be noted for the skirl of the bagpipes but here is a collection of the greatest ever Scottish Heavy Rock bands over several decades. Let the thunder roar in the glens.
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.
You already know the songs. You know about the crazy outfits, the hair, the big stages, the lights, the dry ice and the blink-and-you-missed-it edits. But did you ever notice all of the spinning?
Insisting that it's his last ever album, London grime pioneer Wiley releases the long-awaited, 'Godfather'...
The classical music genre includes some lovely music about mothers. Sharing a playlist of these pieces and listening to them is a great way to honor and celebrate motherhood.
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.
Facing the Animal is the very good heavy neoclassical rock album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen released in 1998. One of his best in years!
STRYPER released their 12th studio album, entitled "God Damn Evil," in 2018. In honor of their 30+ years of rockin' for the Rock, here are 25 fascinating facts about these Christian metal pioneers.
I talk to Hay Fever's Zohreh Gervais about the band's genesis, their creative process and their latest album entitled The River
Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez kicks off the year with the release of two mixtapes, "The New Toronto 2" and "Chixtape 4"...
The '90s was a productive decade for music that produced many great artist and bands across vast genres, including alternative music.
It is unfortunate that some successful Kpop groups have been disbanded. Let's look at these legendary disbanded girl groups.