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Andrei Dan

Born and raised in Romania, currently living and studying in the Netherlands, Andrei was introduced to both classic and modern prog at once when he discovered Symphony X and Intervals in 2015. He has quickly grown fond of all the sub-categories of metal but keeps a focus on progressive or innovative music. Most of his free time is spent keeping track of new artists or releases and visiting concerts.

Bob

I’m Bob, I hail from Robin Hood country (Nottinghamshire) in the UK. Rock and Metal music has played a big part in my life for many years. From playing guitar in local bands, to attending dozens of Festivals and countless concerts. I have been taking photos at gigs (whenever possible) for a number of years now, and as the camera gear has got better so have the photos. I continue to seek out new Bands and tend to prefer the more technical and heavy stuff these days. I live with my wife Sarah, who fortunately likes the heavy bands as well, and our cats who have to listen to it, whether they like it or not. Apart from gigs and photography (not just concerts) I also enjoy hill walking, films and discovering new beers (and drinking them).

Dario

Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of www.progulus.com from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.

Luis Gerardo

Luis Gerardo is a Venezuelan-born German who enjoys playing guitar and bass in his bedroom, and going to any concert or festival happening anywhere near wherever he happens to be at the time. He occasionally writes concert reviews, and occasionally records half-assed covers of metal songs to put on his Facebook page. His biggest fan is his mom.

Matthias

Co-founder of The Progspace. Enthusiastic concert visitor - especially if there are good photo opportunities. Loves all kind of progressive rock and metal, as long as it is original and not too technical or aggressive. News journalist and passionate nature photographer.

Rune

Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, but currently living in France. Rune has been a fan of everything hard and heavy since he got his first real taste of music in the early 80's. Originally a fan of the more extreme genres of metal, like thrash, death and blackmetal, he always enjoyed the more technical, progressive and avant-garde side of music. When he's not working, collecting and listening to albums, or attending concerts, Rune enjoys one of his many other nerdy hobbies, including roleplaying games, video-games, comics, and sci-fi and fantasy literature.

Van

Co-Founder of The Progspace. Coming from a musical family, and long time Prog and Metal lover. One of my passions is Photography and Web Design (16+ years career path), sharing this passion since 6 years as bag designer and maker. I like all things Prog, and listen a wide variety of styles within the "Progniverse", but what I enjoy most are the creativity and "out-of-the-box" approach musicians can offer us, their listeners. I consider that to be truly Prog!

Contributors

Colin

Colin

Researcher & Reviewer

I was born in 1993 and live in Montréal, Canada. I play drums in Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. I am also an enthusiast of progressive death metal, with experience in filmmaking.
Evelina

Evelina

Reviewer

Evelina is a small Bulgarian girl with a big passion for music. She was introduced to prog long before she even knew what that is thanks to classic bands such as Genesis, YES and Pink Floyd, but the subgenre grew on her after discovering Haken back in 2015. When she’s not at some local show or driving the neighbours insane with the new obscure band she’s currently obsessed with she enjoys the other fine things in life, like good food and visual art.
Alexandre

Alexandre

Reviewer

Residing in a small village in the north of France, Alexandre discovered progressive music at the age of 13 thanks to Octavarium by Dream Theater. Since then, he has developed a strong musical curiosity, and is now a music-lover with eclectic taste, always eager to share his experience with anyone willing to.

Matthew Dakroutos

Matthew Dakroutos

Reviewer

Matthew is a professional violinist and composer from Greece. He was introduced to Pink Floyd early in his life, and later embraced the prog metal explosion of the early 00s, which led him to discover more experimental music. He is the lead songwriter of art of simplicity, was part of Wastefall and has appeared on many recordings.

Sander

Sander

Reviewer

Sander is a web developer, game designer and metalhead from Horten, Norway. Having already discovered progressive music through bands like Dream Theater, Rush and Opeth, his real passion for the genre was sparked when his dad introduced him to Porcupine Tree around the age of 17. He enjoys most genres within metal, but particularly more extreme, technical progressive metal, and he also has a soft spot for post rock. Apart from listening to music, going to concerts and playing a little bit of guitar, his other hobbies are mainly of the nerdy kind. Especially computer gaming, but also reading fantasy literature and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Matthew

Matthew

Reviewer

Growing up in Colorado, in the United States, Matthew spent most of his youth exploring the outdoors. At a young age, his brother introduced him to heavy metal, eventually leading to the discovery of Between the Buried and Me, which was his taste of the progressive side of metal, and he has been hooked ever since. An avid music listener of all genres, Matthew indulges in anything that intrigues him or gets him dancing.
Marcel

Marcel

Reviewer

Marcel is an insurance agent with the largest insurance company in the Netherlands. Yes, even people in insurance like progressive music! He grew up on his parents’ collection of Queen, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Scorpions and eventually made his own way into the metal scene with first a love for all things power metal. Slowly his developing tastes lead him into the progressive metal scene and now has an eclectic taste ranging from progressive rock to tech death metal.

Christian

Christian

Reviewer

California raised in the greater Los Angeles area, Christian grew up listening to his parents favorite music ranging from Chick Corea to Led Zeppelin. When he was a young teenager he found his first true love of music with Iron Maiden, a love affair that continues to this day. His first exposure to progressive metal came when he purchased The Divine Mythology Suite by Symphony X. Soon after that he became one of the first listeners at progulus.com, where he would expand his musical tastes and knowledge across the wide spectrum of prog and metal through endless hours of listening and chatting (often when he should’ve been working). Nowadays, when he’s not jamming out to music while he runs his pool cleaning business, he loves to travel, go to live shows, play guitar, and attempt to write songs. Who knows, maybe someday he’ll actually record something worth releasing! He also hopes to one day soon travel regularly to Europe to meet all his fellow prog brethren and attend all the festivals there (once that’s allowed, of course).

Pauline

Pauline

Contributor

Bonjour ! I am Pauline from France, an English teacher by day and a rock 'n roll, prog metal lover by night with a black cat as my side kick. I was raised in a family of musicians, my father was a drummer who provided the soundtrack of my childhood with ELP, Yes, Rush, The Beatles, Pink Floyd... I enjoy all things prog related from music (as long as it's not too aggressive), to art covers, stage, light & sound design. I have soft spot for avant garde and experimental metal, post rock and instrumental. When I am not working, I enjoy travelling and attending festivals with my husband Rune, reading, tea, spending time with my family drinking wine & eating cheese with baguette!

Cees

Cees

Researcher & Reviewer

Half a century young, but only listening to the progressive side of rock and metal for just over 20 years. The 80’s, my teen years, were all about the standard pop music. Started to listen to heavy metal Early 90’s, with Iron Maiden and Metallica making the most rounds in the cd player. After discovering Ayreon late 90’s, horizons were broadened and nowadays listening to great variety of the progressive genre. Mechanical engineering as a profession and as hobbies photography, reading and Geocaching.
Jaak

Jaak

Photographer

Jaak started in 2007 as a concert photographer for several Belgian webzines with a preference for progressive music and metal. Currently, his main focus is on street photography. But, despite his cosmopolitan way of life, Jaak regularly tries to attend a concert.

This is our team, if you feel inclined to contribute with your Progknowledge, then drop us a line and we'll contact you asap!

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