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Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 1341 • Last visit: 11/22/2016 10:01:46 AM 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 UK groups, 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 prog 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 was also asked to write for Rock 'n' Reel and for 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) 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. As of March 2016 I have 485,000 words captured, and have worked my way back from 2006 to 1992, so not much further to go!

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog1523.57
2 Neo-Prog1414.04
3 Progressive Metal973.81
4 Symphonic Prog913.91
5 Eclectic Prog583.79
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion553.69
7 Heavy Prog523.65
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock423.48
9 RIO/Avant-Prog303.77
10 Prog Related243.63
11 Prog Folk243.75
12 Experimental/Post Metal233.61
13 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal153.87
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano123.83
15 Post Rock/Math rock104.20
16 Various Genres63.67
17 Progressive Electronic53.20
18 Canterbury Scene53.80
19 Zeuhl22.50
20 Proto-Prog13.00

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