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Member since: 11/18/2005 • Forum posts: 2012 • Last visit: 2/21/2024 12:09:51 AM EST
Location: New Zealand

Progressive Biography

From 1990 - 2006 I ran Feedback fanzine in the UK, writing about bands that were rarely covered in the mainstream press, many of whom were in the underground scene. I built close ties with many British Progressive groups in particular, 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 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, wrote for the music newspaper Rock 'n' Reel and was also involved with 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 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, which in all took five years to be completed. With more than than half a million words (larger than Lord of the Rings), plus all album artwork, in colour, it has been published in three volumes by Gonzo Media.

The Progressive Underground Volume 1 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews A-H
The Progressive Underground Volume 2 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews I-S
The Progressive Underground Volume 3 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews T-Z, DVD/Video reviews, short reviews, interviews and gig reviews

Described by Record Collector and others as "the Bible", this is the essential collection of progressive reviews in book form which focuses on progressive rock material outside the Sixties and Seventies.

Between 2017 and 2021 I wrote more than 3000 reviews on music ranging from acoustic and jazz through all types of progressive rock, melodic rock and hard rock, through to the most extreme metal and out there avant garde and noise that people can imagine.

All my reviews appear in the hard copy UK fanzine Amplified (still going after 35 years), and are also submitted to the weekly e-magazine Gonzo, the French progzine Acid Dragon, plus, the mighty,,, and others. If the band is listed then it will appear on ProgArchives and all metal on Metalmusicarchives. Phew! I also wrote pieces for Galahad and Mystery booklets, was interviewed for a TDW DVD, and had small roles in releases by both Phoen1x and Written By Wolves.

From 2020 to 2023 my main focus was providing reviews for, the most important music site in New Zealand. I also wrote press releases for AAA Records and other local bands, and completed The Progressive Underground Volume 4, focusing on my reviews from 2008-2013.

The Progressive Underground Volume 4 is available at all good online outlets!!

2023 saw me switch my focus back to a wider range of music, working on my backlog and also completing the fifth book in the series which covers 2014 to 2018.

The Progressive Underground Volume 5 is available at all good online outlets!!

Over the last 30+ years I have written literally millions of words on music, but am not stopping yet and often feel busier now more than I was back when I started, as somehow I still manage more than 250,000 words annually. So much music, so little time!

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog5333.70
2 Neo-Prog3823.99
3 Symphonic Prog1943.91
4 Progressive Metal1843.83
5 Eclectic Prog1503.93
6 RIO/Avant-Prog1283.85
7 Heavy Prog1193.72
8 Jazz Rock/Fusion1153.89
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock1043.50
10 Prog Folk644.03
11 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal523.75
12 Prog Related463.63
13 Experimental/Post Metal443.61
14 Post Rock/Math rock354.03
15 Rock Progressivo Italiano303.87
16 Canterbury Scene214.10
17 Progressive Electronic133.54
18 Various Genres73.86
19 Zeuhl43.50
20 Krautrock23.50
21 Proto-Prog13.00

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