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Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 1970 • Last visit: 9/17/2021 10:19:25 PM EST
Location: New Zealand

Progressive Biography

From 1990 - 2006 I ran Feedback fanzine in the UK, writing about bands that were never covered in the mainstream press, many of whom were in the progressive underground. I built close ties with many of the British groups in particular, including writing the newsletter for Freewill, getting gigs for Credo and writing the introduction to Galahad's OCMDII compilation. I reviewed literally thousands of cassettes and then CDs from bands from throughout the world, and was lucky enough to interview many of them. During this period I also contributed to the French progzine Acid Dragon, and also wrote for the music newspaper Rock 'n' Reel, as well as the Ghostland website.

In 2006 I moved to NZ, and stopped running Feedback (which was then renamed Amplified after I left, at my request) having produced over 80 editions with more than 11,000 pages of print and heaven knows how many reviews and interviews.

Although I stopped writing and reviewing when I came over to NZ, I was gradually brought back into the scene (initially kicking and screaming until I accepted my fate) and started contributing to many different sites and magazines. I was heavily involved with the Crossover sub-genre team on PA, wrote the booklets for the Red Jasper reissues, and generally tried to be as involved in the scene as I had some 20 years previously. However, I stopped this in 2014 to start work on a book containing all of my progressive reviews from Feedback, which in all took five years to be completed. With more than than half a million words (larger than Lord of the Rings), plus all album artwork, in colour, it has been published in three volumes by Gonzo Media.

The Progressive Underground Volume 1 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews A-H
The Progressive Underground Volume 2 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews I-S
The Progressive Underground Volume 3 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews T-Z, DVD/Video reviews, short reviews, interviews and gig reviews

Described by Record Collector and others as "the Bible", this is the essential collection of progressive reviews in book form which focuses on material outside the Sixties and Seventies.

Between 2017 and 2020 I wrote 2500 reviews on music ranging from acoustic and jazz through all types of progressive rock, melodic rock and hard rock, through to the most extreme metal and out there avant garde and noise that people can imagine.

All my reviews appear in the hard copy UK fanzine Amplified (still going after 30 years), and are also submitted to the weekly e-magazine Gonzo, plus, the mighty,,, and others. I also contribute to the French progzine Acid Dragon, the Slovakian site, plus if the band is listed then it will appear on ProgArchives and all metal on Metalmusicarchives. Phew! I also undertake reviews and interviews for, which has promoted and supported thousands of NZ bands and musicians, helping them to gain comprehensive exposure for their music, plus I also write the press releases for local label AAA Records. I am also currently working on The Progressive Underground Volume 4, which hopefully will be out later this year.

If you wish to be added to my review list please send me a PM - I am always looking to discover and promote "new" bands that deserve it. So much music, so little time! Just be aware my outstanding list never seems to get smaller, but somehow I always get there in the end.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog4173.69
2 Neo-Prog3063.99
3 Progressive Metal1643.80
4 Symphonic Prog1643.90
5 Eclectic Prog1243.90
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion1053.87
7 Heavy Prog973.79
8 RIO/Avant-Prog953.85
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock823.54
10 Prog Folk564.04
11 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal453.82
12 Experimental/Post Metal393.56
13 Prog Related353.63
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano273.85
15 Post Rock/Math rock234.22
16 Canterbury Scene144.07
17 Progressive Electronic123.42
18 Various Genres73.86
19 Zeuhl33.33
20 Krautrock13.00
21 Proto-Prog13.00

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