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About Progfreak.com

This website is a comprehensive music database, focusing primarily - but not exclusively - on progressive music. We are completely non-commercial, there are no hidden fees, no membership subscriptions and no ads. Anyone can create an account and add to the database, which of course means adding artists, releases and tracks, but also to rate, tag and review the music.

What can I do here?

The most basic service we provide is the music database, which you can browse to find new music to listen to. It contains more than 20,000 artists and 50,000 releases. Many of the releases are rated and tagged, and most are linked to services that allow you to listen to the music, such as Spotify and Bandcamp.

If you decide to create a (free) account, you can rate, tag and review the music yourself. You can add missing artists and releases. Through the tags you assign you, together with all the other users, determine the genre and "progressiveness" status of the music.

One big problem of people who listen to a lot of music is that it becomes difficult to keep track of what you listened to. We have a workflow in place which helps with that.

How Do I Join?

Of course participation is 100% free. You simply fill out the registration form - all that's required is for you to pick an unique user name and enter a valid email address. We require email activation to prevent abuse, and to make sure that when you forget your password you can recover the account. Of course we will not share your email address with any third parties.

Why does Progfreak.com contain non-progressive music?

Our target audience is definitely the enthusiastic fan of progressive music, but you may add any music you like. The most obvious reason is that most prog fans don't listen to prog all the time. It wouldn't make much sense to offer a playlist service or pages that list the collection of a user if only prog was allowed. Another reason is that "prog/progressive" is a highly debatable subject ... one person's favorite prog album might not be prog at all for someone else. So: add any album you like, but please use the tagging system to show others whether you think it's prog or not (or in between, which we call "Prog-Related").

Can I Add Anything I Like?

The basic rule is: Anything which was released as an album (CD/Vinyl/MP3/etc) or music video (VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray) can be added. Classical music is a bit of a problem because in the structure of the database you can't yet enter composer information. So right now the focus is on any style of music except classical, but we might change that in the future.

What is the Difference Between Prog and Progressive?

In the past we were using just one tag called "Progressive". At some point we decided that a bit more flexibility is needed. We split it into two tags: "Progressive", which reflects the true "progressiveness" of the music, and "Prog", which is more about style/genre. So for example when you see something listed as "Progressive" it means that someone thought it was genuinely progressive (as in highly complex, innovative, sophisticated, elaborate etc.), but the style.genre might be quite different from what is typically known as "Prog (Rock)". On the other hand, if something is listed as "Prog", it might be very similar in style to the iconic releases of the Prog (Rock) genre, but it might not be very progressive in the true sense of the word. Of course many releases are both "progressive" and "prog". As we explained above, all of this is entirely up to you (the users) to assign.

Get In Touch
Please use the feedback form or drop us an email at info@progfreak.com if you want to get in touch with us. In particular, please let us know if you have a feature request or you noticed a bug or some other problem which keeps you from using our website.
Are You a Band or Artist?
If you are interested in getting your releases onto this website, you should simply add and tag them yourself. You can also send us music (use the feedback form), but we cannot promise a review since most of the time we have for this website goes into maintenance and technical improvements. Having said that, We are always interested in discovering new music, and we will consider giving your music a listen, if time allows.
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