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Russell Kirkpatrick


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Member since: 2/28/2005 • Forum posts: 780 • Last visit: 9/17/2014 7:21:45 AM EST
Location: New Zealand

Progressive Biography

I'm an old curmudgeon who happens to be passionate about music. I bought my first album in 1971 (Led Zeppelin IV) at the age of ten, and haven't stopped. I'd rather go blind than lose my hearing...


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 senior lecturer in Geography at New Zealand's University of Waikato. I also run an award-wining mapmaking business: as of 2007, we are working on the National Atlas of Bahrain. And, as a hobby, I write fantasy novels. I have had six published in Australia by HarperCollins, with five so far 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 Prog843.07
2 Symphonic Prog533.36
3 Psychedelic/Space Rock483.31
4 Prog Related483.15
5 Heavy Prog353.54
6 Progressive Electronic332.97
7 Progressive Metal242.92
8 Eclectic Prog223.32
9 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal153.47
10 Prog Folk153.33
11 RIO/Avant-Prog113.64
12 Experimental/Post Metal83.25
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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