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Member since: 12/7/2007 • Forum posts: 899 • Last visit: 6/27/2014 8:00:30 PM EST
Location: United States

Progressive Biography

A relative newcomer to the scene, I nevertheless spent most of my youth listening to classic rock radio. So, before I even knew it, I was listening to prog all the time--Rush, Yes, The Beatles, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and so forth. Some time in somewhere around 2003, I began to be drawn to progressive music via extreme technical proficiency. This first established itself in bands like Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. Things began to progress, though (surprise!), and I started finding myself no longer just satisfied with lots of shredding and progressive metal. Gradually, I started to look back through the entire genre of prog and progressive music, thusly unlocking the giants of the 70s and a greater and greater number of bands that naturally do not show up in any of my friends' music collections. Therefore, I come to this site with the intention of looking at thirty-some years of music with a mostly open mind, not stuck to any one band or genre or era due to nostalgia or long-standing preference. Basically everything gets to look new to me.

As far as my reviews go, I mostly prefer to rate bands according to their discography. I would much rather be able to compare a single release to the rest of their catalog than just to all the other CDs out there. So in the reviews I've written that aren't completely poorly written, there should be at least a couple of sentences highlighting the best of a particular artist and where the reviewed album places against it. Being, of course, jaded and cynical, the main points I look for in a release are creativity, energy, and originality. Bands can make absolutely terrific music that does not impress me at all simply because it sounds like they are merely imitating another band. These qualities are mostly indefinable, so my reviews are probably inherently a lot less objective than I'd like to convince myself. Also, I draw a major distinction between the terms "prog" and "progressive." Prog is the 70s progressive music scene, and whatever artists play by those rules still today. Progressive music is the ideal behind the movement, the idea of a band pushing boundaries in as many capacities as possible. The two can exist easily in the same band, just as well as only one or neither can.

If anyone actually reads this, I'll be kind of surprised. But I had a few minutes to kill, so I wrote something. Hope I don't sound too arrogant or snobbish. I'm just a guy who likes music more than his wallet happens to, and so I feel like contributing on this site is one way of justifying my purchasing excesses.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal383.16
2 Eclectic Prog343.85
3 Symphonic Prog203.70
4 RIO/Avant-Prog193.32
5 Heavy Prog173.24
6 Experimental/Post Metal153.67
7 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal112.82
8 Prog Folk113.09
9 Neo-Prog113.00
10 Crossover Prog73.71
11 Prog Related22.00

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