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Russell Kirkpatrick

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Member since: 2/28/2005 • Forum posts: 782 • Last visit: 12/29/2014 7:06:51 PM EST
Location: New Zealand

Progressive Biography

I'm passionate about music. I bought my first album in 1971 (Led Zeppelin IV) at the age of ten, and haven't stopped.

I grew up in the late sixties and early seventies, and listened to whatever I could. GENESIS, YES, BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE, all the usual suspects, supplemented by whatever else I could find. New Zealand did not receive copies of many non-British or American records, so I remained ignorant of the wealth of progressive music from other parts of the world until recently. In the eighties I embraced post-punk, new wave and all the rest; in the nineties I found myself enjoying the so-called intellectual end of the dance music scene, acts like THE ORB, APHEX TWIN, AUTECHRE and ORBITAL. I still enjoy electronic music of all types. More recently I've delved into progressive metal, some avant-garde and other varieties of new prog. At heart, though, I'm still in love with symphonic prog.

Outside music I'm a retired senior lecturer in Geography. I run an award-wining mapmaking business. And, as a hobby, I write fantasy novels. I have had six published in Australia by HarperCollins, and in the USA and UK (by Orbit). I write epic fantasy in the Tolkien style.

I'll give anything a listen.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog963.06
2 Symphonic Prog533.28
3 Psychedelic/Space Rock503.30
4 Prog Related493.12
5 Heavy Prog363.53
6 Progressive Electronic332.97
7 Progressive Metal242.92
8 Eclectic Prog223.32
9 Prog Folk173.41
10 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal153.47
11 RIO/Avant-Prog113.64
12 Experimental/Post Metal93.33
13 Neo-Prog63.17
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano63.33
15 Jazz Rock/Fusion43.50
16 Post Rock/Math rock43.25
17 Proto-Prog44.00
18 Krautrock14.00

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