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Member since: 11/18/2006 • Forum posts: 2492 • Last visit: 4/9/2010 2:13:24 PM EST
Location: United States

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Hello, my name is Jake. I'm 18 years old and I recently graduated high school. My screename comes from a satire I wrote about a governmentally corrupted Hooked on Phonics program that left children stupid and easy to manipulate. 1800iareyay was the phone number to call, so...yeah... By August I'll be at college to study computer engineering. I really didn't get into music until I bought my first iPod when I was 14. Since then my music collection has exploded with hundreds of albums in my library ranging from 1930s Robert Johnson all the way through the 21st century. Starting with hard rock icons like Zeppelin, AC/DC, and The Who I moved deep into rock territory, and I love just about every genre, from punk to epic metal. My two favorite genres are progressive (obviously) and metal, so naturally prog metal is my favorite sub genre of prog.

When it comes to prog, I listen to most genres, though I've yet to try out Indo-Prog, Electronic, or Zeuhl, and I don't care for krautrock, prog-folk (except the mighty Tull!). I love bands that fuse the soft atmosphere of classic prog with the heaviness of metal. Ayreon, Devin Townsend, and Opeth are three of my favorite artists because all three seamlessly blend fury and grace. As a trumpet-carrying member of a high school band, I have a soft spot for symphonic and jazz fusion.

his site is a Mecca for progheads that are few and far between nowadays. Do your part and try to hook your friends to this gloriously bombastic and oft pompous genre.

Grade Scale: I assign grades to my reviews because at face value their is no way to differentiate a true masterpiece from an album that barely gets the five star. My grade scale is similar to Zitro's, but hopefully we differ enough for me to remain on this site ;)
A+: A flawless masterpiece. Every Prog fan, from newbies to Steve Howe, must own it. Only a few deserve this honor.
A: Stunning album, with several minor flaws that keep it from being truly perfect.
A-: Still a must own, but barely. Several more flaws.

B+: Very strong album, just shy of masterpiece. Highly recommended for fans of the artist and sub-genre.
B: High quality album. Should appeal to fans of artist/sub-genre
B-: Above average. Still recommended

C+: Solid album. Recommended for fans of the artist.
C: Still solid, but buyers should start excersining caution
C-: Fans of the sub-genre should come back only if they like the artist.

D+: Rather flawed, but still containing a few high waulity songs. Fans only
D: Completionists are the only ones who should get this
D-: Even completionists should consider saving their money.

F: An abysmal failure. Repeated listens may be harmful to one's health.

Favorite Prog Metal bands (no order):
Ayreon
Devin Townsend
Dream Theater
Symphony X
Control Denied
Death
Cynic
Opeth
Queensr˙che
Voivod
Tool
Pain of Salvation

Favorite Non-Metal Prog Bands (no order):
Genesis
Yes
Pink Floyd
Rush
Frank Zappa
Van Der Graaf Generator
Gentle Giant
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Al di Meola
Mr. Bungle

Top 10 Favorite Albums (in order):
Yes: Close to the Edge
Ayreon: The Human Equation
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Genesis: Selling England By the Pound
Queensr˙che- Operation Mindcrime
Dream Theater: Scenes From a Memory
Devin Townsend: Terria
VDGG: Pawn Hearts
Opeth: Still Life
Rush: Hemispheres
Concerts I've seen: Queensr˙che (Sep. 06), The Who/Pretenders (Nov. 06), Rush (06/13/07), Deep Purple- 07/12/07

Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal433.63
2 Symphonic Prog292.72
3 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal253.56
4 RIO/Avant-Prog213.76
5 Prog Related213.38
6 Heavy Prog203.85
7 Proto-Prog123.75
8 Experimental/Post Metal114.00
9 Eclectic Prog103.90
10 Psychedelic/Space Rock103.20
11 Jazz Rock/Fusion84.75
12 Prog Folk63.33
13 Crossover Prog54.00
14 Neo-Prog24.00
15 Post Rock/Math rock14.00
16 Various Genres13.00

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