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Member since: 9/20/2006 • Forum posts: 11 • Last visit: 12/16/2020 6:41:25 AM EST
Location: Netherlands

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Dear fellow ProgRockLovers,

My name is Martijn Martens and I was born in the Netherlands in the early seventies. As far as I can remember "The Beatles" were my first musical interest. In the 80's and 90's I was mainly listening to "mainstream" music, but fortunately I also got to know some great bands whom my 8 year older brother was listening to. Those bands were bands I still like a lot today like "Barclay James Harvest", "The Dire Straits", "The Eagles", "Fleetwood Mac", "The Police" and "Pink Floyd".

Overall I wasn't too impressed with radio friendly, commercial music. Of course there were some bands of interest that came along like the grunge bands, mainly from Seattle, like "Pearl Jam", "Nirvana", "Soundgarden" and "Alice in Chains". Also bands like "Counting Crows", "Metallica", "The Offspring", "The Red Hot Chilli Peppers", "U2" and "The Scorpions" were bands I really liked to listen to in the nineties. I also started to listen to the Dutch radio station "ARROW CLASSIC ROCK", who were playing a lot of classic rock music from bands like "Led Zeppelin", "Deep Purple" and again "Pink Floyd". And then of course some bands in the pop/rock genre with some progressive influences were of interest. Bands like "Radiohead" and "Coldplay". (I do not really consider those bands Prog though.) I really learned more about progressive music when a friend of mine lent me his Pink Floyd and Marillion cd's. I noticed it took some time to "get used" to this kind of music, but when you do it will only start getting better and better! It's like a kind of reverse thing is going on with commercial music: it sounds pretty good when you hear it for the first time, but after that it only keeps getting worse...

In the nineties I read a review on the album "Into The Electric Castle" by Dutchman Arjen Anthony Lucassen's AYREON, which stated that this was a really good symphonic rock album. I wanted to get this album, but never saw it at any of my local music stores, so I kind of "forgot" about it. (As we all know progressive music isn't really too commercial.) When I "discovered" eBay in early 2004 I decided to buy the album instantly. I was completely blown away by it and decided to get all AYREON albums right away! Funny thing was that the guy I ordered the AYREON albums from read my "my eBay" page which stated I liked bands like "Pink Floyd" and "Radiohead" and he recommended "Porcupine Tree", "Riverside" and "Opeth" to me and what a recommendation it was! Since then I have been a huge "Porcupine Tree", "Opeth" and "Riverside" fan and I've already attended multiple concerts from all of them!

The reason I like sites like ProgArchives is that it's a great way to change thoughts about musical interests and a way to explore more bands in the progressive genre. Since I'm familiar with this great site I have not only written, but also read many reviews which made me explore many more bands. Some bands of disappointment to me, but many more which are amongst my favourite bands today!

Some of my favourite bands today are: [In Alphabetical Order] Agalloch, Airbag, Anathema, Anekdoten, Antimatter, Aoria, ArenA, Ayreon, Blackfield, Deadsoul Tribe, Demians, Earthside, Enchant, Falloch, Gazpacho, Green Carnation, In Mourning, Insomnium, IQ, Isole, Katatonia, Leprous, Lunatic Soul, Marillion, Nest, Nosound, Opeth, Paatos, Pendragon, Phideaux, The Pineapple Thief, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Psychotic Waltz, Riverside, RUSH, Soen, Steven Wilson, Storm Corossion, Start One, Stream Of Passion, Sylvan, Symphony X, Therion, Threshold, Tool, Ulver, Wisdom Of Crowds and Woods Of Ypres.

I hope you will enjoy reading my (and as a matter of fact, anyone else's) reviews on PA!


Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Neo-Prog293.86
2 Heavy Prog204.35
3 Progressive Metal153.60
4 Crossover Prog153.80
5 Experimental/Post Metal104.00
6 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal73.86
7 Symphonic Prog73.86
8 Prog Related74.29
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock44.50
10 Eclectic Prog22.50
11 Prog Folk13.00
12 Proto-Prog15.00

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