...crave brains, I crave progressive metal.
Whether it's in my car, on my iPod, or on my home stereo. Prog is a part of me. It's in my blood. It's in my soul. It has, without a doubt, shaped me.
I became introduced to the genre through the success of Queensrÿche in the early 1990s, and soon thereafter I discovered bands such as Dream Theater and Fates Warning. With the advent of the Internet, I learned of outstanding overseas acts like Pain of Salvation and Porcupine Tree. Today, my preferred prog groups range from up-and-comers like UK-based Valis Ablaze and Voices From the Fuselage to veterans like Evergrey and Riverside.
To me, progressive metal is one of the top forms of art – incorporating elements of intense technical music, thought-provoking lyrics and artwork, and stage presentations that often bring listeners inside a unique world. Prog's a state of mind. It's a way of life. It's...prog.
This blog's objective is to provide an outlet for me to share reviews and possibly interviews. Sometimes I'll post often, sometimes not. It depends on how inspired I am by new music. Reviews will also be posted on other sites, like Prog Archives, to reach a wider audience.
In closing, thanks for visiting. And prog on!
– Michael R. Ebert
P.S. For those interested, here's an updated ranking of my 101 all-time favorite albums.