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Member since: 1/31/2004 • Forum posts: 1 • Last visit: 3/12/2016 6:22:00 AM EST
Location: Sweden

Progressive Biography

Age: 35 (born 1968)

Interests: Music, Photo, Film, Literature and my family (girlfriend and three kids)

My parents had the radio constantly playing beside my bed when I was a baby back in 1968, and since then the music has followed me through my entire life. The stereo is only resting while I'm sleeping.

At the end of the 70's I listened to Kiss, Nazareth, Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Kraftwerk etc.

At the beginning of the 80's I got into NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and bands such as Iron Maiden, Tank and Demon, but also a lot of other Heavy Metal bands such as Helloween. I also started my own band called Vivid, who played 80's oriented Heavy Metal. I also listened to some of the harder bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Celtic Frost and Cirith Ungol.

When I was doing the Swedish military service 1987-88, there was a guy at the same regiment that I learned to know. The guy was Stefan Dimle and he would have a lot of influence on my future musical interest. He used to have tapes with him that I lent from him. He introduced me to band such as Culpeper's Orchard, Höst, Captain Beyond, Weed, Toad, Svanfridur, Mayblitz, Yellow, Garybaldi and others. Before that I had only listened to the big progressive rock bands such as Marillion, King Crimson, Yes and Genesis. Now a whole new world was open for me, and I became a real progressive fan. Stefan Dimle later started he's own record store and label Mellotronen, and became the bass player in some of the best Swedish progressive bands through time: Landberk, Morte Macabre and Paatos.

My biggest interest is progressive rock from the 70's, mainly Scandinavian progressive rock, but also Italian and of course British too, but I have progressive rock from the entire world in my collection. In addition to progressive rock I also enjoy country, folk, jazz & jazz-fusion, pop, punk, rock and world.

I am a record collector, with over 3 000 original cds, LPs etc. in my collection. Some of my favourite albums when it comes to progressive rock are: ANDREAS AARFLOT "Det rivna pianot", ANEKDOTEN "Vemod", ASOKA "Asoka", ATLAS "Blå vardag", BALLETTO DI BRONZO "Ys", BLÅKULLA "Blåkulla", BÄTTRE LYSS TILL DEN STRÄNG SOM BRAST ÄN ATT ALDRIG SPÄNNA EN BÅGE "Same", ELP "Brain Salad Surgery", FLÄSKET BRINNER "Fläsket", GENESIS "Selling England by the Pound", GENTLE GIANT "Octopus", BO HANSSON "Sagan om Ringen" & "Ur trollkarlens hatt", HÖST "Hardt mot Hardt", INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER "Sov Gott Rose-Marie", JETHRO TULL "Aqualung", KULTIVATOR "Barndomens stigar", LANDBERK "Riktigt äkta", LIFE "Life", LOTUS "Lotus", MADE IN SWEDEN "Live! At the Golden Circle", MUSEO ROSENBACH "Zarathustra", MYRBEIN "Myrornas krig", NOVEMBER "En ny tid är här", PANTA REI "Panta Rei", SAGA "Saga", LINDA PERHACS "Parallelograms", MIKAEL RAMEL "Till Dej", SINKADUS "Aurum Nostrum", ROINE STOLT "The Flower King", TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET "Krigssång", TRÄD GRÄS OCH STENAR "Rock för kropp och själ", YES "Close to the Edge", ÄNGLAGÅRD "Hybris" and many more. If you would like to take a closer look on my record collection you can find it here:

I have contributed reviews to a lot of magazines and websites through the years. Besides my own e-zine "Prog-Reviews" with over 600 subscribers, I have also written reviews for Tarkus Magazine, Arlequins Newsletter, Svenska Dream Theater sällskapet, Stormbringer, Sonitus and Through Different Eyes. I'm glad that I now have my reviews on ProgArchives too. It's a very informative site with many visitors and devoted creators and administrators.

Besides my reviewing I'm working at a computer company and I'm also bass player in a band called Jihås who's playing approximately 60-70 gigs/year. The old heavy metal band Vivid is still alive too, but only occasionally when we have the opportunity and time for it. So as you can see I'm a quite busy man. But I have the great pleasure of doing things I really enjoy! Keep on proggin'!

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Symphonic Prog3303.74
2 Prog Related2593.63
3 Eclectic Prog2253.77
4 Jazz Rock/Fusion2203.91
5 Crossover Prog1963.68
6 Heavy Prog1723.78
7 Neo-Prog1373.82
8 RIO/Avant-Prog1194.10
9 Rock Progressivo Italiano1093.85
10 Progressive Metal1064.04
11 Psychedelic/Space Rock983.76
12 Prog Folk853.93
13 Canterbury Scene623.77
14 Krautrock553.38
15 Proto-Prog554.00
16 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal554.09
17 Progressive Electronic434.05
18 Zeuhl104.10
19 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock63.83
20 Experimental/Post Metal44.25
21 Various Genres23.50

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