While most zombies...
...crave brains, I crave progressive metal.
Whether it's in my car, on my beloved iPod, or on my old-school 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 in many ways.
I became introduced to the genre through the success of Queensrÿche in the early 1990s, and soon thereafter I discovered similar 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 groups range from up-and-comers like UK-based Valis Ablaze and Voices From the Fuselage to veteran bands 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. And if you're reading this blog, it's probably safe to say that you're a prog enthusiast too.
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 100 all-time favorite albums.