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Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 1732 • Last visit: 3/23/2019 12:39:00 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 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 infamous 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, and finally finished this at the end of 2016, after more than half a million words! (To be published in three volumes by Gonzo Media later this year, watch this space!)

My aim for 2017 was to review every album I have been sent over the last three years, but even though I managed to knock out more than 600 I still have plenty more to get through! 2018 saw a major uplift as somehow I completed 850, but what will 2019 bring I wonder? I write on styles of music from acoustic and jazz through all types of progressive rock, melodies rock and hard rock, through to the most extreme metal and most 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 (where Artur is posting a couple of my reviews each day in the English language section), the mighty,, and others. I also contribute 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. Phew! Plus of course Amplified is still going strong, having just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, and everything I review goes in there as well.

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 Prog2893.73
2 Neo-Prog2244.04
3 Progressive Metal1353.86
4 Symphonic Prog1253.97
5 Eclectic Prog873.91
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion793.87
7 Heavy Prog703.76
8 RIO/Avant-Prog693.83
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock533.57
10 Prog Folk303.87
11 Experimental/Post Metal283.64
12 Prog Related263.65
13 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal254.00
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano223.91
15 Post Rock/Math rock154.27
16 Progressive Electronic93.22
17 Various Genres73.86
18 Canterbury Scene64.00
19 Zeuhl33.33
20 Proto-Prog13.00

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