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Progressive Biography


I've been a fan of Progressive Rock since the mid-eighties when my father first introduced me to Genesis. Genesis would continue to be a major influence in my life, the first album that I ever bought with my own money was their eponymous album and Invisible Touch, as much as it's hated, was really my favorite album in my adolescent years. The Tonight Tonight Tonight video was the source of my clothing style for years. I've slept out for concert tickets twice, both for Genesis.

I mostly listened to Genesis and alternative (Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, New Order) in the late eighties then had a prog metal stage initiated by Images and Words by Dream Theater for the early nineties along with that version of alternative (Live, Pearl Jam). In the late nineties I hit an electronica stage that lasted until about 2007.

In 2007, I grew bored with electronica and started playing my iPod on random shuffle, one night, something off of Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater came on and it really resonated with me. I started exploring and iTunes recommended that I try Transatlantic based on my love of Dream Theater, I tried it and quickly was led to Spock's Beard and The Flower Kings and the rest, as they say, is history. I've been mostly prog oriented since then.

I am a keyboard player and singer so I tend to be more critical of voice and keys in my reviews.

My ratings are going to be skewed to the high side, I say this with no apologies. To review an album, I have to listen to it enough to get a good understanding of what it's about, the intricacies and nuances. If I can't stand an album, I'm probably not going to listen to it enough times to give it a proper review. There will be exceptions of course, but in general, I'll trend towards higher reviews. The other reason my reviews are skewed highly is that I appreciate how much work is put into an album. In today's music scene, a lot of out of pocket money is spent by the musicians to finance these albums. Who am I to say 'sorry man, but your stuff is bad'.

So with that being said, enjoy.


Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Symphonic Prog184.06
2 Neo-Prog144.36
3 Crossover Prog144.14
4 Prog Related43.00
5 Heavy Prog34.67
6 Progressive Metal34.00
7 Eclectic Prog23.50
8 Experimental/Post Metal23.50
9 Jazz Rock/Fusion15.00
10 Post Rock/Math rock12.00

Reviews and Ratings of NEO-PROG

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