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Member since: 4/15/2005 • Forum posts: 706 • Last visit: 11/26/2015 11:33:26 AM 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. 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". At the moment I'm working on a book on Finnish prog all-time; "PROG FINLANDIA", as it probably will be called, will be published around late 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. "IN PROG WE TRUST!"

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog1673.29
2 Symphonic Prog993.29
3 Eclectic Prog923.46
4 Jazz Rock/Fusion823.39
5 Prog Related723.04
6 Prog Folk593.51
7 Neo-Prog523.10
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock463.28
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 rock143.14
15 Proto-Prog122.83
16 Progressive Metal122.92
17 Krautrock113.00
18 RIO/Avant-Prog72.71
19 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock23.50
20 Experimental/Post Metal23.00

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