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Member since: 4/15/2005 • Forum posts: 1392 • Last visit: 1/21/2021 12:04:54 PM EST
Location: Finland

Progressive Biography

Year of birth: 1970. Occupation: librarian specializing in music. Also a published writer specializing on progressive music.

My earliest album listening history in my early teens (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, MIKE OLDFIELD, STEVE HACKETT, Peter Gabriel, RENAISSANCE, MOODY BLUES, some of King Crimson, Supertramp, Talk Talk and Kate Bush.

In addition to prog I listen to many types of music, from pop, jazz and entertainment music to folk, electronic music and art music. Further long-time non-Finnish prog favourites include JETHRO TULL, GENTLE GIANT, CARAVAN, VDGG/Peter Hammill, VANGELIS, Tangerine Dream, STRAWBS, Gryphon, Barclay James Harvest, etc. My home library of prog has expanded enormously by now, but I'm endlessly keen on finding new artists!

I have written to the Finnish Prog Magazine COLOSSUS since 2010 (sadly the printed magazine came to an end in 2015). In 2013 I released the first Finnish-language handbook on international prog, describing background and albums of 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". My second prog book deals with the Finnish prog all-time: "PROG FINLANDIA" was released on September 2016. The follow-up for the book on international prog (from the 80's to the present) is currently under work, most likely to be released around winter 2020/21.

In the ProgArchives I am pleased to review albums also at the artists' request, but preferably with physical releases received for that purpose (not on downloads). Prog's subgenres that I'm less interested in include Prog Metal, Heavy Prog and RIO/Avant-Prog. Please feel free to take contact.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog2683.34
2 Symphonic Prog1423.42
3 Jazz Rock/Fusion1373.44
4 Eclectic Prog1283.45
5 Prog Related1073.06
6 Prog Folk783.38
7 Neo-Prog713.32
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock593.29
9 Progressive Electronic473.36
10 Various Genres403.13
11 Rock Progressivo Italiano363.81
12 Heavy Prog353.23
13 Canterbury Scene253.60
14 Post Rock/Math rock173.24
15 Proto-Prog163.13
16 Progressive Metal153.07
17 Krautrock133.15
18 RIO/Avant-Prog132.77
19 Experimental/Post Metal43.50
20 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock33.33
21 Zeuhl24.00

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