An instant masterpiece! I'll leave the technical descriptions of the songs to other reviewers, but suffice to say I had goosebumps from the opening keyboard riff, and this album contains some of the most DELICIOUS organ and keyboard sounds to grace a prog rock record in a long time!
I don't know how these guys keep delivering the same high standard of quality and consistency after all these years, but to these ears, this about tops everything they've done. Dark Matter contains all of the passion, emotion, drama and immaculate production you've come to expect from IQ! There are VERY FEW progressive rock bands that have produced material this excellent THIS LATE INTO THEIR CAREERS! My gosh, just look at their last 3 studio albums prior to this - Seventh House, Subterranea and Ever - incredible!
IQ deserves to be included in the "elite" status of prog bands with this release. Dark Matter is an album that commands your attention, and you won't be able to divert your ears for a second! Soaring guitar lines, killer keyboards, Peter Nicholl's impassioned vocal delivery and thought-provoking lyrics... it doesn't get any better than this if you're a prog head!!!!!