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Progressive Biography

My name is Jeff. I currently live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, and I was born in Northern New Jersey. My dad is a proghead as well, and we go to concerts together, and are always discussing music. My journey with progressive music wouldn't have happened without him, so I owe a lot of debt to him for introducing me to this type of music. My introduction to music was with Elvis Presley's greatest hits and I enjoyed it for what it was when I was little, but I soon got tired of that simplistic music, and began listening to The Beatles. I started with their early discography, but Abbey Road is what really did it for me. The 17-minute closing song showed me that music didn't HAVE to be a certain way, and there really is no limit to music. During my Beatles phase, I was in the record shop with my dad, and he showed me Genesis' "...And Then There Were Three" record. He told me if I love Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper, I should like this as well. And like it I did. I was addicted!

I would listen to it every waking hour of he day to the point where the record was almost unplayable from listening to it so much. Then my dad gave me a copy of Selling England By The Pound telling me "I know you're not going to like it, but this is what earlier Genesis sounded like". He couldn't have been more wrong. That captured more than any other record, and literally after I finished it, I would just play it again and again. I was officially a progressive rock fan. I then explored all of Genesis' early discography, and began listening to all the classics: Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Yes, ELP, Gentle Giant, etc.

Prog metal has been my subgenre lately. Dream Theater, Death, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Athiest, Mastodon, and many other obscure and common bands. I've always liked Metallica and Iron Maiden, so when I discovered bands that blended my two favorite genres of music, you couldn't imagine how happy I was.

My favorite subgenres of prog are Prog Metal, Tech/Extreme prog metal, Neo-Prog, and Symphonic Prog, but I also enjoy most forms of metal (particularly black metal and death metal), as well as traditional jazz, some hip-hop, and dark ambient.

If you are a progressive rock or metal musician and are looking for more exposure through reviews, I will gladly accept any promotional albums and will review them on ProgArchives, MetalMusicArchives, or Sea of Tranquility. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal1003.61
2 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal703.31
3 Symphonic Prog643.39
4 Neo-Prog333.73
5 Experimental/Post Metal323.25
6 Crossover Prog303.70
7 Prog Related223.32
8 Proto-Prog182.89
9 Jazz Rock/Fusion163.31
10 Heavy Prog123.50
11 Eclectic Prog123.17
12 Rock Progressivo Italiano103.50
13 RIO/Avant-Prog73.43
14 Post Rock/Math rock73.14
15 Prog Folk73.29
16 Psychedelic/Space Rock43.75
17 Progressive Electronic23.00
18 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock13.00
19 Canterbury Scene14.00
20 Various Genres14.00

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