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KEV ROWLAND

Kev Rowland


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SPECIAL COLLABORATOR: Crossover Prog Team

Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 1664 • Last visit: 11/12/2017 8:42:00 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 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 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 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, and finally finished this at the end of 2016, after more than half a million words! (To be published by Gonzo Media later this year, watch this space!)

My aim for 2017 is to review every single album I have been sent over the last three years, although somehow I don't think that will happen even though I am averaging at least fourteen reviews a week, as I continue to be sent even more!!

All of my reviews appear in the hard copy UK fanzine Amplified, and are also submitted to the weekly e-magazine Gonzo, plus they all appear on www.mlwz.pl (where Artur is posting a couple of my reviews each day in the English language section). In addition, all progressive rock reviews are submitted to the French progzine Acid Dragon, and if the band is listed then it will appear on ProgArchives, all metal on Metalmusicarchives and jazz on jazzmusicarchives. Links to my reviews on all these sites are below

http://www.progarchives.com/Collaborators.asp?id=5626
http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/member/Kev%20Rowland
http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/member/kev%20rowland

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.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog1983.62
2 Neo-Prog1814.01
3 Symphonic Prog1153.97
4 Progressive Metal1133.84
5 Jazz Rock/Fusion743.81
6 Eclectic Prog703.86
7 Heavy Prog573.67
8 RIO/Avant-Prog563.77
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock463.52
10 Prog Folk273.78
11 Experimental/Post Metal273.67
12 Prog Related253.64
13 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal203.95
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano153.93
15 Post Rock/Math rock144.21
16 Various Genres63.67
17 Progressive Electronic53.20
18 Canterbury Scene53.80
19 Zeuhl33.33
20 Proto-Prog13.00

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