Cedric Hendrix – My first professional occupation was that of a military journalist, which I did for five years. For the last 22 years, I have been a police officer. So it’s only natural I decided to write my very first book about … music?
To know me is to know how much sense this actually makes.
Falstaff – Reviewer
An amiable fool who enjoys fine drink, good music and is rather portly.
Jared Everett – Reviewer
Never huge on mainstream music, Jared grew up listening to big band in an era when kids didn’t listen to big band. Fortunately, his mother exposed him to Kansas and Queen on road trips from an early age. In adolescence, he was exposed to a broader range of classic rock. But his life changed forever the first time he listened to “Home” by Dream Theater. The sound was heavy and powerful yet complex and sophisticated, with a level of virtuosity that he had never heard before outside of jazz or classical music. “There’s a whole genre of music like this,” he was told. And with that, the floodgates opened. Jared began to explore the prog revival bands of the 1990s before moving on to the classic masters of the 1970s and then pushing outward toward the fringes of progressive music, including jazz fusion, instrumental rock, and various flavors of metal. The musical journey continues to this day, with the constant exploration of emerging bands, new releases, and previously undiscovered gems. He can frequently be spotted enjoying live music near his home of Washington, DC.
Shawn Pelata (pelatas) – Public Relations and Marketing, Reviewer
I’ve been a huge music fan since the 70s. I will explore just about anything at least once, but once I decide I don’t like it, I just don’t bother anymore. I have been a singer in bands and have been making albums for 25+ years now. You can check my artist page at FB: facebook.com/ShawnPelataOfficial
I got into writing reviews and conducting interviews for websites and magazines back in the latter half of the 90s. I wrote for a page called Digital Metal back then as well as for a magazine called Release (which was a showcase mag for Relapse Records). My editor for both was a guy named Christopher Dick (who now contributes heavily with Decibel magazine). I also wrote for a fledgling website called YtseJam.com that (obviously) grew out of a Dream Theater fansite. In my busiest period as a reviewer, I did interviews with members of Dream Theater, King’s X, Amorphis, Pain Of Salvation, as well as loads of show reviews in addition to about 5-8 reviews a week. Packages arrived weekly from Inside Out, Century Media, Metal Blade, Relapse, Nuclear Blast and loads of others. It was a fun time!
I stopped for a couple reasons: 1. I started feeling bad giving bad reviews. I was promoting my own bands’ releases by this point and started feeling a bit conflicted being both someone who needed reviews and someone who wrote reviews. 2. The hardcopy release promos gave way to digital download pools which, while not really bad in itself, also gave way to TONS and TONS of releases to be up against. I was writing for Teeth Of The Divine (which morphed out of Digital Metal) in the end and I was up against just SO many releases. I could not keep up and felt I had nothing fresh to say because, honestly, I was being given so many things that just sounded bland and boring. So, I stopped.
Fast-forward 7 years and here I am. Back to exploring prog like I haven’t in years. I missed so much and am now playing a LOT of catch-up. So, when Thomas offered the chance to be a part of the team, I took it.
Proglodette – Reviewer
It is said that two heads are better than one. This is a supposition which Proglodette has learned is not always correct. Proglodette is a two headed creature with two independent minds. While generally amiable the two heads have definite differences of opinion and taste. While one dreamed of being a musician and became a lawyer, the other dreamed of writing and became a manager of places for people to put their excess junk. Neither of these outcomes pleased either head. So once again they turned to the realm of cliches for guidance, “Those who can’t, and don’t want to teach, become critics.”
Xerxes – Reviewer
When Xerxes was a young lad, he was, like most boys of the Achaemenid court, a big fan of The Archies and the Peter Pan singers. Many an evening he could be found sitting by his record player singing along to Sugar Sugar or The Royal Guardsmen’s Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, or sitting in the royal gardens wondering whether your chewing gum loses its flavor on a bedpost overnight. Soon, he discovered more sophisticated music like the Monkees and The Lovin’ Spoonful and life was grand. Then, one evening, he was in bed preparing for sleep when he asked his evil older sister to put on a record for him so sleep to. Being evil, his sister said, “no”. Not accustomed to not getting his way, he called out to his mother, Atossa, saying that his evil sister wouldn’t put music on for him. Atossa told Evil Sister to put on a record so that the young prince wouldn’t have to get up and do it himself.
Evil Sister’s selection for her young and impressionable brother was portentous. The sounds that came from the stereo weren’t music, rather, a haunting, lone church bell in a rain storm filled the room, and young Xerxes’ mind. Then, all of a sudden, three notes burst out from the stereo, each note sustaining it’s sound until all three were droning together. The three notes formed a chord, but not just any chord. You see, the second and third notes were an augmented 4th. A Tri-tone. The Diabolus in Musica. Thus it was that Black Sabbath’s first album, took the peaceful child and turned him into the terror of Persia, Xerxes The Great. Inspired by new bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, he invaded Greece, overrunning Attica, Boetia, Euboea, Thessaly, and the rest of mainland Greece to the north of the Isthmus of Corinth. This included his victory at Thermopylae, which he would like emphasized that he WON and there were more than just 300 Spartans defending the pass.
It is likely that he would have continued pillaging his way across the known world if it hadn’t been for his discovery, at Athens, of a secret, lost music – a Lost Chord, even. It was in a Music Box from the year 2112 BC that was discovered by one of the elite Persian Starship Troopers during the fabled sack of the Court of the Crimson King. The Lost Chord was part of a larger work, the Leftoverture from Doctor Tarr’s 10th Symphony. Upon hearing this Chord, Xerxes was forever changed. He became contemplative, thoughtful, even profound. No longer did he march his armies across the known world, for what army can march in 7/4 time?