Jeff Morgenroth

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Member since: 3/27/2007 • Forum posts: 3 • Last visit: 10/8/2015 9:31:48 AM EST
Location: Seattle

Progressive Biography

I am in my early '30's, enjoy nerd stuff, and work at a job which gives me copious amounts of time to brood over music in quite isolation.

How I Discovered Prog:

I foreswore music during my teen years, mostly due to the viral sounds of grunge, rap, and RB which infected popular culture during the era. Of course, none of these could compete with the anxiety-attack inducing popularity of country music, which is simply unexplainable to me. My parents didn't help, since my dad only ever listened to smooth jazz and the Beach Boys, while my mom's radio was tuned regularly to Dr. Laura. So, for most of my youth-- good music simply didn't exist.

Fortunately, when I turned 15 my brother got me 1984 by Van Halen, and Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast , not exactly prog, I know, but these two albums utterly opened my eyes. Thanks to Napster, I devoured as much rock as possible, tip-toeing into the genre with Def Leppard, Journey, and legions of goofy glam metal groups from the '80's.

Finally, at 18, a co-worker introduced me to Rush-- and everything fell into place. At that age I was pissed off at most everything, the least of which was organized religion and finding a "life path", and Rush gave me an optimistic voice to hang on to. Searching for more, this led to numerous musical discoveries, all of which were vital for me surviving my early '20's, to today, where prog helps me maintain an identity and appreciation of life/love/art amongst lots and lots and lots of very frustrating people.

My Favorites:

Rush (3.4) will probably always be my favorite band, but here are a few others (w/average studio album ratings)

-- Porcupine Tree (3.5)
-- Mars Volta (4)
-- Marillion (3.3)
-- Yes (3)
-- Dream Theatre (3.2)
-- Pain of Salvation (3.8)
-- Devin Townsend (3.6)
-- Anekdoten (3.75)
-- Iron Maiden (3.4)
-- Opeth (3.4)
-- Anathema (3.75)
-- Phideaux (4.3)
-- Ozric Tentacles (3.5)

I lean towards the heavy/metal side of things, but when looking at my reviews one will find lots of crossover. I love dynamics, emotion, and energy most, with playing ability and lyrical content right behind.

My Reviews:
I don't pretend to be an expert in my reviews, but I know what I like, and why I like it-- hopefully that might help you make a few good choices in your musical journey.

My scoring system uses four categories, each rated on a scale of 1-5 which are added together. I then divide by 4, and round off to determine the number of stars. The categories are:
-- Songwriting
-- Instrumental Performances
-- Lyrics/Vocals
-- Style/Emotion/Replay value

1 star= very poor and unenjoyable
2 stars= mediocre, usually bad but sometimes enjoyable
3 stars= good, or otherwise standard for the genre
4 stars= exceptional, either in its delivery, impact, or creativity
5 stars= amazing, always entertaining or dauntlessly creative

For live albums, I use the following categories:
-- Setlist
-- Instrumental Performances
-- Stage Energy
-- Live Experience

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal733.27
2 Heavy Prog673.33
3 Symphonic Prog613.16
4 Prog Related512.92
5 Experimental/Post Metal393.44
6 Eclectic Prog313.32
7 Neo-Prog283.18
8 Crossover Prog253.48
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock253.40
10 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal173.12
11 RIO/Avant-Prog143.36
12 Jazz Rock/Fusion123.42
13 Prog Folk113.55
14 Post Rock/Math rock103.30
15 Proto-Prog73.14
16 Progressive Electronic12.00
17 Rock Progressivo Italiano14.00

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