As a teenager I was already fascinated with music and by listening a lot, my musical taste developed more and more towards symphonic rock with the then figureheads Genesis, Pink Floyd, Camel, Yes etc ...... However, it was only after hearing Script for a Jester's Tear by Marillion it became clear to me that I had definitely fallen in love with this music genre. This love has never passed! After Pendragon released The Jewel I was dead sure I had become a real prog-head for ever!

I had the privilege of writing several years for IO Pages, the magazine for "my" music. Due to a stroke in 2020 this became very difficult and I decided to stop because I didn't want to make any concessions regarding the quality of this great magazine. I most certainly don't pretend that this site is the ultimate site for progrock lovers but it is just a hobby site that allows me to share everything related to "our" music.

I have been fascinated by the sound quality of a recording for a long time and have invested a lot in my sound system for years and that eventually led to a beautiful High-End set in my own listening room. At one point I caught myself forgetting to listen to the music itself. I only listened to the soundquality of an album and lost the real pleasure of listening to beautiful music. Then I decided to take a radical step and  sold all my equipment. Very impulsive but that got me back to really listening to the music itself. I did this on a headphone set of moderate quality, but this set has grown into a slightly better set over the years. But I enjoy beautiful music again and can lose myself in it again. Music has taken me through many difficult times and is a very important part of my life.

To give you an idea of my personal taste I will hereby reveil my top twenty bands with their best albums to date. This surely will change regularly since there are several great releases almost every year.

Arena :

The Visitor.

 

 

Contagion max.

 

The Theory of Molecular Inheritance.

Mystery :

Redemption.

 

Delusion Rain.

 

Lies and Butterflies.

Marillion :

Seasons End.

 

Script for a Jester's Tear.

 

An Hour before it's Dark.

Huis :

Neither in Heaven.

 

Abandoned.

 

 Despite Guardian Angels.

Chain Reaktor :

Homesick.

Nine Skies :

The Lightmaker.

Drifting Sun :

Twlight.

 

Forsaken Innocence.

 

Safe Asylum.

Antony Kalugin Project(s) :

A Message of Peace Tour.

 

 

Exotic Creatures and a stolen Dream.

Silhouette :

Beyond the seventh Wave.

 

The World is flat...

 

  Across the Rubicon.

Pendragon :

Not of this World.

 

The Masquerade Overture.

 

   Men who climb Mountains.

Millenium :

Tales from imaginary Movies.

 

The Web.

 

The Sin.

Comedy of Errors :

Fanfare & Fantasy

 

Time Machine.

 

House of the Mind.

Knight Area :

Under a new Sign.

 

Nine Paths.

 

The Sun also rises.

Clepsydra :

Alone.

 

Fears.

 

The Gap.

Swappers Eleven :

From a Distance.

Marathon :

The first Run.

 

Live.

 

Norm.

This Winter Machine :

The Clockwork Man.

 

The Man who never was.

 

A Tower of Clocks.

Pallas :

The Messenger.

 

Wearewhoweare.

 

The Dreams of Men.

The Foundation :

Mask.

RPWL :

Crime Scene.

 

Tales from outer Space.

 

Beyond Man and Time.

Nth Ascension :

Ascension of Kings.

 

In Fine Initium.

 

Stranger than Fiction.

You may miss the big names from the early days of prog rock such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Camel, King Crimson, ELP, etc……
I also like these bands and they have certainly been important for the emergence of prog rock as we know it today, but my taste is mainly formed by the revival at the beginning of the 80s.
The term neoprog perhaps best indicates in which direction you can find my preference. To me it doesn't really matter if the music is complicated or the musicians are the best, it sure helps, but I need to really feel the music. It is essential that it moves me. It can make me sad or make me happy but it has to affect me in one way or the other. After many years of trying to pin down the exact reason for me to like something, or not, I can only say that it is a mixture of  MELODY, MUSICIANSHIP and EMOTION! Oh yeah, wailing, crying, soothing guitarsolo's are a must :)