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 QueensrĂ¿che 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 101 all-time favorite albums.