SHINEDOWN; SHINING THEIR WAY UP TO MUSIC SUCCESS

How hard can it be to turn on a rock radio channel and leave without jamming to one or more of Shinedown’s smash hits? Very hard!

From Jacksonville, Florida, Shinedown is an American rock band that has rarely seen any dark days in their musical career. The group consists of Zach Myers, Brent Smith, Eric Bass, and Barry Kerch. Unlike a majority of musicians and bands, Shinedown do not have the typical struggling musical background. It was formed by the lead vocalist Brent Smith after his previous band Dreve was dissolved. At the time, Brent was still under Atlantic Records, an authority record label in the United States. Continue reading

Review: DELANEY – A Small Remaining Quantity of Something [Album Stream]

Delaney is a four-piece pop rock/alternative rock band hailing from southern NH. They were my choice for the last NH State of the Art and I have continued to follow their fortunes closely since then.

Their music is a cathedral of the caustic, combined with the sweet dew of self-awareness. Consisting of members Matt (lead vocals/guitar/piano), Kurt (drums), Andy (bass/backing vocals) and Derek (guitar), Delaney draws much of their influences from early 2000’s rock/emo bands such as The Dangerous Summer, Jack’s Mannequin and Jimmy Eat World.

The band spent their first year and a half building a following across NH and MA until releasing their debut EP ‘Kites Without String’ in May of 2018. Since then, the band have continued to play across the northern New England area and is scheduled to release their second E.P. ‘A Small Remaining Quantity of Something’ on June 26, 2020.

This release is a cathartic release from the current turmoil in the world.  It chases away the blues with its insistent drive to uplift with crunchy guitars and lush keyboards.  The opener “The Ghost of Better Times” is a positive call to bring back normality to the world.  The drum sound is full and direct and Matt’s vocals are strong and melodic.  Yes, this is no Death Metal fare, but it rocks and uplifts in a potent mix.

Busy Hands” has chiming guitar and a laid back vibe that ushers in the long summer nights.  You can imagine a warm evening playing this song on your porch and looking at the glistening stars.  It is a song about reflection and soul searching, which is something I can identify with.

Thief” swims in on a lead piano and guitar mix.  The background vocals on this lend themselves to serious grooving.  The guitars hit with emo intent and the song documents personal struggles.  The guitar solo on this song is subtle, but strong.

The E.P. continues the high quality with the dampened chords of “Disease – Deliverance.”  This song seems so poignant at the moment, celebrating lives that have passed.  The cloud of COVID-19 seems to haunt the lines.  Of course, I am not sure it does mean this, but it seems to refer to this pandemic.

Broken” is the main rocker on the release, with its urgent fuzz guitar and faster tempo.  It is a shot of adrenaline and a great song.  The chorus is killer and the vocals again deliver with the energy of the tune.

The release is rounded out by the single “Do You Want To Be Afraid” which is catchy and full of emotion.  “Can’t seem to shake these inhibitions” – you and me brother!  Completely sold on this composition, with its heart-held exposition.

What can I say?  Legendary stuff from a band who just seem to get better and better!  Check them out as soon as possible!

 

 

What Will Help You Become an Enterprise Administrator? All Important Info About Microsoft MS-100 Exam (from Its Topics to Practice Tests)

What Will Help You Become an Enterprise Administrator? All Important Info About Microsoft MS-100 Exam (from Its Topics to Practice Tests)

A role of a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator is now available due to the changes that have been made to the Microsoft certification program. The exams for this track are aimed at preparing the professionals for the actual role they’re going to engage in. To become a certified admin, you need to obtain the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert badge. To get this sought-after credential, you should pass two exams: MS-100 and MS-101. For the purpose of this article, the focus will be on the first test. You will learn what this exam is about and how it is beneficial to you. But, first of all, let’s start with the essential details. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: How to Edit Pictures on Mac

Have you ever struggled or even wondered how to edit pictures on Mac computers? Are you confused about the different tools and how to use them?

Well, don’t worry! We’re here to help show you the ropes on how to effectively edit your photos on your Mac device. You can learn how to crop pictures on Mac, how to adjust the different values and properties of your photo, and add filters to give it a signature look. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Michigan’s CUSTARD FLUX [Album Stream]

from official Custard Flux Facebook page

*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every month from the featured state. This month’s state is Michigan.*

If art were just painting, Custard Flux would be Salvador Dali, with its unique take on life.  Custard Flux are the brainchild of Gregory Curvey.  For the last 30 years, Curvey has been the guiding light behind cult psych-prog-pop band The Luck of Eden Hall.  The band is described as being “electricity free psych prog pop rock” and this nicely details their character.

They have released just two albums, the 2018 ‘Helium’ and last year’s ‘Echo’.

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Tips for Fulfilling Your Career Ambitions: Pass Microsoft 70-761 Using Authentic and Updated Practice Tests from ExamSnap

Tips for Fulfilling Your Career Ambitions: Pass Microsoft 70-761 Using Authentic and Updated Practice Tests from ExamSnap

There are so many areas in IT that many specialists may not even know what their ideal job looks like. If you are one of these professionals or you’re stuck in a job that is not well-suited to your skills, here are a few things to know about the Microsoft 70-761 exam. It will help you start a career with SQL Server technologies or make a switch to the latest Server domains such as Server 2016.

From this article, you’ll know about the significance of test 70-761 and why you should prioritize exam dumps when preparing for it. Continue reading

A Few Metal Albums That We’re Betting Will Still Be Relevant In 2040

There are many good metal albums, records filled with great songs. But how many of your favorite LPs do you think people will still be listening to come 2040?

I’ve picked out four classics that I’m certain will still relevant in 2040 – in fact, I’m so confident that I’d be willing to bet money on this being the case. Continue reading

Review: SPACE CADAVER – ‘Void Moon’ [Album Stream]

This New Orleans band are fantastic cinematic metal with a sludgy panoramic sound that blasts and bewilders in equal measure.  Lead by the ever thoughtful John Baleine (guitars/vox), ‘Void Moon’ is their second release, following their self-titled debut.

There are four songs completing with release and they are weighty tomes for these dark times. “Beginning of the End” is an eight minute opener which reaches many different valleys and plains with its doom focused arrangements.

The release takes off into further spheres with the beautiful lush instrumental “Another Family“. It creeps in and swells with wonderful arrangements. This is a real tearjerker as you can imagine it being the soundtrack to a modern day Western.

Void Moon” casts a sci-fi vision and stalks from the speakers after the quiet entry. The middle section is a spoken word part about religion, which then moves into a fusion of static.

Evil of Man” finishes the record with deliberate dissonance and a brutal bookend about a plague being unleashed – very topical for these troubled times. “Killer of spirit, killer of spirit!  Lies the memory of the life never known!” Not easy listening, but a headfirst dive into the horror of the present.  The song is hypnotic and starts to unnerve with its extreme soundscape.  There is never an easy ask for real art and this song is art in action.

Space Cadaver are a band unafraid to experiment and make you unsettled by their beauty and brute force. Don’t enter without a safety hat of wonder!  They are a band that take your preconceived ideas and make them turn on their head.  They have a sound that is hard to define, but they don’t make music for the masses and are focused on their art alone.  A refreshing change of pace from the norm.

 

6 Metal Genres That Complement 6 Popular Video Games

One inarguable fact of life is that heavy metal music and video games make perfect companions, like icecream and brownies, or black coffee and late-night blog writing. The only question that remains is what type of heavy metal music fits different game genres? Just like heavy metal music, there’s a wide variety of video game genres, but people have a habit of making things more complex than they need to be – like “post-prog neo-melodic deathcore”.

In this article, we want to try and simplify things a little bit. We’re going to list 6 different video games, the perfect types of heavy metal genres to complement the gameplay, and mention a few bands from that genre. And I promise, no obscure long-winded subgenres. Continue reading

Party Headphones Let out the Ultimate Guide to Silent Disco

Party Headphones Let out the Ultimate Guide to Silent Disco

You need your dancefloor to be a fun and energetic space where brilliant recollections are made. Silent disco headphones are a basic piece of a simple to-utilize ‘Quiet Party’ sound framework that transmits up to three DJ sets or playlists at the same time to the dancefloor allowing everybody at your disco the chance to enjoy to their preferred style of music.

With their soundtrack adaptability and frequently brilliant LED colors, many party organizers pick silent disco headphones as a remarkable and significant sound understanding for their guests’ huge night.

How Does a Silent Disco Work?

At your party almost certainly, you’ll either supply the music yourself or you’ll enlist a DJ to play the night’s tunes.

So also, silent disco headphones can be hired from an assortment of providers. Silent disco earphones can get up to 3 distinctive DJ sets or playlists being played at the same time and for each soundtrack, you need to play on your dancefloor, you’ll require a headphone transmitter.

These transmitters are the pulsating heart of your silent party framework and when associated with your DJ’s blender or your media gadget –, for example, a PC, tablet or cell phone – these little yet incredible boxes stream your sound using a UHF radio sign to a boundless number of silent disco headphones that are controlled up and tuned into the right channel, up to 500 meters away through walls and roofs.

Your silent disco headphones will show up pre-tuned to these three channels, so on an enormous night, you won’t have to do anything over force them up and flick them to the right channel to get things going.

Quiet Disco Headphones – What are the Pros and Cons?

Pros

    • With on-board earphone controls (volume control and a channel selector) your partygoers are in finished control of the music they need to hear. This makes for an increasingly fun and agreeable disco night for your visitors
    • An absence of speakers at a silent disco occasion makes this style of dancefloor perfect for festivities which need to explore noise constraints and curfews
    • It’s a creative method to engage! Hireablesilent disco earphones frequently highlight brilliantly hued LED light-up impacts, so you can rapidly observe the most loved soundtrack on the dancefloor. DJ frequently contend to prevail upon the dancefloor to illuminate it in their shading.

Cons

    • Silent disco earphones might be another experience for your visitors. Attempt to be available to assist them with popping the headphones on, flick the channels, and alter the volume to get them on the dancefloor.
    • You can urge partygoers to participate in your quiet disco by offering headsets to the gathering individuals who you realize will consistently make a beeline for the dancefloor first! Seeing others on the dancefloor will consistently urge visitors to participate in the good times!
    • The nonattendance of a party soundtrack could undoubtedly scare some party organizers. To stay away from this, a few parties yield one of their sound channels as a foundation soundtrack through a speaker framework, implying that non-earphone wearing visitors can appreciate the sound as well.
    • Extremely little youngsters shouldn’t be offered silent disco headphones. You can get familiar with remaining safe with headphones here.