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Thomas Szirmay


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Member since: 8/17/2006 • Forum posts: 3978 • Last visit: 8/30/2014 2:15:27 PM EST
Location: Canada

Progressive Biography

Born in Hungary arrived in Canada at age of 1.5 , speak 7 languages fluently (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hungarian and Portuguese) with sprinklings of afew others. My first rock concerts were Omega in Budapest 1969 and Tim Buckley/Curtis Mayfield and Frank Zappa in Montreal 1970, my first albums : Beatles obviously, Steppenwolf, debut Santana, Traffic (JBMD). I got into prog in its glory days and witnessed all the greats live (Genesis twice, Ekseption, Gentle Giant, UK, Soft Machine, Hawkwind, Maneige,Yes, KC, Focus, Return to Forever, JL Ponty, Tull twice, Gabriel twice, Saga, Led Zeppelin(wow!) Santana twice, plus many other non-prog acts. Recently, Fish, PFM, IQ, Flower Kings, PTree. Obviously, I have a huge collection with LP, Cassette and Cds (in the 2000 range) 90%prog (available via e-mail request) and a top 50 + (as an attachment). In view of my review selections, it may seem that I prefer the symph/Italian/neo style to the more complex techie stuff, its just that I feel medicated by some of the mellower melancholic material, as I , just like prog, am going through a renaissance of sorts being newly single! Since prog has saved my sorry ass so many times, giving me hope, energy and resolve when in the deepest abyss of despair, I consider this style of music as the most important facet of my life, next to my kids. I hope to meet a "succulent young lady" (dixit Zappa) who will enjoy my addiction to Prog and not force me to listen to Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty (the name says it all) or Celine" the shrill Shrew" Dion. I consistently give much higher ratings to everything I choose to review because I lived through the glory days , saw the punk-led, Lester Bangs fueled assassination of Prog in 1977 and frankly thought that the genre would disappear completely. Faith! in 1992, I found the scene back in action and as we can see , its thriving! Hence, I am not critic, I am a salivating fan because I still "fear tomorrow, I'll be crying" (Epitath, set to play in a loop at my funeral) .
My top 15 alltime, mostly for personal reasons:
1- In the Court ... -KC
2- Hero & Heroine -The Strawbs
3- Thick as a... -Tull
4- Selling England -Genesis
5- Close to the Edge -Yes
6- Hamburger Concerto -Focus
7- Dark Side... -Floyd
8- Photos of Ghosts -PFM
9- Au Dela du Delire -Ange
10- Red Queen to... -Gryphon
11- Wings of Love -Nova
12- Nei Gorghi del Tempo- CAP
13- Warrior on the Edge...-Hawkwind
14- La Cle des Songes- Pentacle
15- Spartacus- Triumvirat

Best of 2007 in no order of importance.

1-Porcupine Tree- Fear of a Blank Planet
2-Satellite- Into the Night
3-Galahad- Empires Never Last
4-Xang- Last of Lasts
5-Gazpacho- Night
6-The Gourishankar- 2nd Hands
7-Knight Area- Under a New Sign
8-Nemo- Si Partie 2
9-Singularity- Of All the Mysteries
10-The Gift- Awake & Dreaming

While I can sometimes disagree with some of you (hello Sean Trane!), I still love you all, for we have this precious RARE jewel in common, may we preserve it for eternity.

2009

Gazpacho- Tick-Tock
IQ- Frequency
Martigan- Vision
Eureka- Shackleton?s Voyage
Manning- #10
Nemo- Barbares
Satellite- Nostalgia
Steve Wilson- Insurgentes
5 Bridges- The Thomas Tracks
Astra- the Weirding
Phideaux- #7
Roswell 6- Terra Incognita
Mangrove- Beyond Reality
Strawberry Fields- River Gone Dry
Porcupine Tree- The Incident
Leap Day- Awaking the Muse
Knight Area- Realm of Shadows
Progression by Failure- same
Minstrel- Ahab



Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Neo-Prog1534.29
2 Symphonic Prog1514.12
3 Crossover Prog1284.19
4 Rock Progressivo Italiano924.23
5 Eclectic Prog744.30
6 Psychedelic/Space Rock534.23
7 Prog Folk494.24
8 Jazz Rock/Fusion464.52
9 Prog Related334.00
10 Canterbury Scene234.57
11 Progressive Electronic224.27
12 Heavy Prog214.48
13 Experimental/Post Metal74.57
14 Zeuhl54.60
15 Progressive Metal54.00
16 RIO/Avant-Prog44.25
17 Krautrock23.50
18 Proto-Prog15.00
19 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal15.00

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