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My first real experience with prog was when Yes' box set In A Word was released. My dad was a huge Yes fan back in the day, and although he's now a massive Jazz Freak, he got it anyway. Back in 2002, I thought the music was extremely weird. Back then my favorite music was rap and hip-hop, and the 20+ minute long songs (which I've now come to love) and weird keyboard solos were peculiar to say the least. However, around 2005-2006, my brother purchased Scenes From a Memory by Dream Theater, after it had won some award in a guitar magazine he read. My first listen, and I was blown away. By then I had switched to classic rock as my favorite genre, and Dream Theater's combination of sear amazingness caught me by total surprise. At that moment, my addiction began. By 2007, when Systematic Chaos was released, I had come to embrace Yes and Genesis as well, and once I got Systematic Chaos, my infatuation with progressive music was complete, and my quest to find new music began.

I found PA early 2009, when I was looking up reviews for this band Magellan I had found. Over the next few months, I began coming back here when I would look for reviews. By mid 2010, I was a member and writing reviews myself. From then to now, my collection has exploded, my knowledge of progressive rock has expanded exponentially, and my love of the genre has grown in an immense way-- and hasn't stopped. So, enough about me. I'll now explain my rating system:

There are 5 stars available. The ways you may see me use these stars is this:
1-, 1, 1+, 2-, 2, 2+, 3-, 3, 3+, 4-, 4, 4+, 5-, 5, 5+

The straight numbers (1,2,3,4,5) are explained by the standard ratings (good, but non-essential, etc). The in between ratings are explained as such:
1-.......... Less than 1 star, really bad
1+......... Around 1.45, still pretty bad but could be worse
2-.......... Around 1.55, quite poor, but not horrible
2+......... Around 2.45, not terrible, but could be better
3-.......... Around 2.55, less than average
3+......... Around 3.45, better than average, but not all that remarkable
4-.......... Around 3.55, pretty darn good, but has some flaws
4+......... Around 4.45, almost as good as it gets
5-.......... Around 4.55, extremely close to perfection, with very minor flaws
5+......... More than 5 stars. Perfection.

Up until April 20, 2011, I reviewed each song individually (most of the time, but not on live releases*), so my reviews tended to run a little long. If you want to get just the jist of what I'm saying, read the intro and the album overall, and that will give you the main points. I recommend reading the breakdowns, however, because you will see each tracks pros and cons, and which tracks are my favorites on the album.

However, this format started to get really old, and now I review the album as a whole, which makes both the reviews shorter and the time it takes me to review them shorter. Hopefully this new format will make the reader happier and no less informed than if I hadn't changed my format.

* Live releases are reviewed with "overall" in mind, because the tracks are reviewed individually on the studio releases and re-reviewing them musically would be pointless.

Keep proggin', everyone!

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal523.77
2 Heavy Prog363.94
3 Crossover Prog333.36
4 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal253.64
5 Symphonic Prog213.81
6 Experimental/Post Metal113.73
7 Eclectic Prog103.80
8 RIO/Avant-Prog93.22
9 Jazz Rock/Fusion83.88
10 Neo-Prog83.50
11 Post Rock/Math rock73.71
12 Zeuhl44.00
13 Prog Related32.00
14 Various Genres32.67
15 Psychedelic/Space Rock23.00
16 Prog Folk12.00
17 Progressive Electronic13.00
18 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock14.00

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