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Member since: 4/15/2005 • Forum posts: 1187 • Last visit: 12/11/2018 2:00:09 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.

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 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 still 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.

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 Prog2183.34
2 Symphonic Prog1153.33
3 Eclectic Prog1143.44
4 Jazz Rock/Fusion1083.45
5 Prog Related853.13
6 Prog Folk693.45
7 Neo-Prog593.19
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock553.25
9 Progressive Electronic383.34
10 Various Genres343.18
11 Rock Progressivo Italiano313.84
12 Heavy Prog303.23
13 Canterbury Scene213.52
14 Post Rock/Math rock163.19
15 Progressive Metal143.07
16 Krautrock133.15
17 RIO/Avant-Prog132.85
18 Proto-Prog122.83
19 Experimental/Post Metal33.33
20 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock23.50
21 Zeuhl15.00

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