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Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 1351 • Last visit: 1/17/2017 2:50:18 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 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 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!

My aim for 2017 is now to review every single album I have been sent over the last three years!!!

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog1573.56
2 Neo-Prog1464.01
3 Progressive Metal983.81
4 Symphonic Prog943.91
5 Eclectic Prog583.79
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion573.70
7 Heavy Prog523.65
8 RIO/Avant-Prog473.72
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock423.48
10 Prog Related253.64
11 Prog Folk253.76
12 Experimental/Post Metal253.56
13 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal153.87
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano133.92
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

Reviews and Ratings of EXPERIMENTAL/POST METAL

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