Matti P.

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Member since: 4/15/2005 • Forum posts: 701 • Last visit: 10/9/2015 3:24:57 AM EST
Location: Finland

Progressive Biography

Year of birth: 1970. My earliest listening (thanks to my elder brother and sister) included bands like Saga, Asia and Yes (90125) among the more usual pop from ABBA to Dire Straits. Progressive rock was already playing a significant role when I started to buy albums of my own in the age of fifteen. MARILLION was my first object of enthusiam, but quite soon I concentrated on the classic era of prog. My oldest favourites are GENESIS, YES, PINK FLOYD, CAMEL, STEVE HACKETT, Peter Gabriel, RENAISSANCE, MOODY BLUES, some of King Crimson, Supertramp, MIKE OLDFIELD, Talk Talk and KATE BUSH. The 70's is my unquestionable favourite decade in rock, and in Prog especially. Of rock music that I listen, it's nowadays probably over 80% prog or prog-related. I listen to many types of music, from jazz and entertainment music to folk, New Age and art music (the latter is the main genre in the radio channel I listen to daily).

Further long-time prog favourites include VDGG/Peter Hammill, VANGELIS, Tangerine Dream, JETHRO TULL, STRAWBS, CARAVAN, GENTLE GIANT, Gryphon, Barclay James Harvest, etc. But what's best, I'm finding new names all the time! As a reviewer I find the question "How progressive this music is?" far less important than "How much I enjoy this music personally?" Subgenres that I'm less interested in are Prog Metal, Heavy Prog and RIO/Avant-Prog.

As a librarian, responsible for music material, I can give my own little contribution to keep prog known to people. I have also written to the Finnish Prog Magazine COLOSSUS since 2010. In 2013 I released the first Finnish-language handbook on international prog, describing albums by hundreds of artists from the UK, Europe (Finland excluded) and North America. The translation of the book title is "Gates of Dawn - Progressive Rock 1967-1979".

NB! The book on FINNISH PROG is under work. Please feel free to take contact if you're a Finnish prog artist.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog1633.28
2 Symphonic Prog973.29
3 Eclectic Prog913.44
4 Jazz Rock/Fusion783.40
5 Prog Related723.04
6 Prog Folk583.53
7 Neo-Prog523.10
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock453.29
9 Progressive Electronic313.23
10 Various Genres273.11
11 Heavy Prog263.15
12 Canterbury Scene193.42
13 Rock Progressivo Italiano183.78
14 Post Rock/Math rock123.25
15 Proto-Prog122.83
16 Krautrock113.00
17 Progressive Metal112.91
18 RIO/Avant-Prog72.71
19 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock23.50
20 Experimental/Post Metal23.00

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