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Progressive Biography

Date of Birth: January 11th, 1986 in Augsburg, Germany

Brief Musical History: Started listening to music at age 5, listening to Faith No More, Metallica (old), Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Sepultura (80's), and so forth. At the age of 12 my parents didn't like the influence of music on me or my bedroom walls and they pawned all of my albums to a Hasting's in Clarksville, Kentucky. The worst moment of my life! Though, some tapes were able to survive. At the age of 14 I discovered The Doors and they became literally the door that would unveil the music of the past to me, although I was already a casual listener of The Beatles and The Moody Blues (my fathers influence). After discovering The Doors, I began collecting Yes, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Cream, Wishbone Ash, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band, Queen, and so forth. It's hard to trace how I ever got into prog. I liked my fathers Beatles and Moody Blues Lp's when I was younger and some of my older brother's Pink Floyd albums. But, then I purchased some Pink Floyd, Yes, and Rush. Around the age of 14 or so. I then really got interested once I heard Dream Theater about year later and then it just shot off from there. Over the last couple of years jazz, prog, and singer-songwriter types (Dylan, Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel), have been my interests, mainly jazz though.

Prog Fav's - "Veterans"
Frank Zappa Camel Van der Graaf Generator Genesis
Premiata Forneria Marconi Yes Jethro Tull Triumvirat
Gentle Giant King Crimson ELP Nektar
Renaissance Pulsar Rush Focus Kansas
Pink Floyd The Moody Blues Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

If you consider fusion to be prog
Dixie Dregs Return to Forever Weather Report
Mahavishnu Orchestra Miles Davis Herbie Hancock

Prog Fav's - "Modern"
Pain of Salvation Mr. Bungle The Mars Volta
Anathema Opeth Änglagård Cynic
Porcupine Tree Dream Theater Fantômas

Fav Prog Albums:
Pain of Salvation: All of 'em (including DVD)
Frank Zappa: (too many)
Genesis: Selling England by the Pound - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Mr. Bungle: All 3
Camel: Mirage - Music Inspired by the Snow Goose - Moonmadness
Gentle Giant: Aquiring the Taste, Octopus - The Power and the Glory
Van der Graaf Generator: H to He, Who am the Only One - Pawn Hearts - Still Life
Yes: The Yes Album - Close to the Edge - Going for the One
Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick - Minstrel in the Gallery
Kansas: Kansas - Song for America
King Crimson: Islands - Larks' Tongues in Aspci - Red
Premiata Forneria Marconi: Storia Di Un Minuto - Per Un Amico - L'isola di Niente
Pink Floyd: All of the main 70's albums
The Mars Volta: De-loused in the Comatorium - Frances the Mute
Opeth: My Arms, Youre Hearse - Still Life
Rush: 2112 - Hemispheres
Anathema: Eternity - Judgement - A Fine Day to Exit - A Natural Disaster
Queensr˙che: Rage for Order - Operation: Mindcrime
Cynic: Focus
Dream Theater: Images & Words - Awake
Focus: Hamburger Concerto
The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord
Nektar: Remember the Future
Pulsar: Halloween
Triumvirat: Illusions on a Double Dimple

Besides Prog Fav's:
(A Vast Multitude of Jazz artists)
The Beatles
Stevie Wonder
Jimi Hendrix
Bob Dylan
Joni Mitchell
The Allman Brothers Band
(Classical: Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Berlioz, Stravinsky)

Although I own more than enough 70's prog, I try to review albums that not many people on the site are reviewing. Great work on the site, I'm proud to be afffiliated.

My interview with Daniel Gildenlvw from PAIN OF SALVATION, check it out on this site!

Take care of one another! PEACE, LOVE & LIGHT.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal54.80
2 Experimental/Post Metal44.00
3 Symphonic Prog33.67
4 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal34.33
5 RIO/Avant-Prog34.33
6 Heavy Prog15.00
7 Eclectic Prog15.00

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