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Dark Matter

Iq Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always worth the wait July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
If this was Thanksgiving Day, when it came to my turn to tell what I am thankful for, I would say low rider jeans on cute girls and the fact that IQ continue to stay in their genre while keeping it interesting. I spend loads of cash ordering Prog CD's from amazon based on reviews I read. I am 95% of the time dissapointed.
IQ never sounds like they are trying to be progressive for the sake of being prog to my ears. They do it because they love it.
I would swear at times when I have the headphones on, surrounded by darkness with the pungent scent of hemp wafting through the room that I am listning to Genesis sans 1973.
No other band does that for me anymore. There is no attempt at a single on this CD AND, since signing to Inside Out, I had it the day it came out. I'll give you no track by track review. I will say that Harvest of Souls may compete with my love for the song "The Seventh House" - (a prog masterpiece). I'll just say that when this band retires, tears will flow.
I only wish I didn't have to wait 3-4 years in between releases,
but as I have said, it's worth the wait. If anyone can tell me if they will be in the states, ANYWHERE in the states, please let me know. bryantukvox@aol.com. I'll buy your ticket!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic IQ Album June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Dark Matter takes up where IQ's "Seventh House" left off. Moody, evocative, absolutely brilliant at times, and a Prog Rock GEM of an album. Although containing just five tracks, each track, as per usual with IQ latter-day albums, seamlessly flows into the next. The final track, "Harvest of Souls," the longest, is an IQ masterpiece. It contains all of the attractive elements which have made IQ synonymous with quality progressive rock music: powerful and cerebral vocals coupled with melodic but haunting music. Yet, the first four tracks are really vintage IQ material too. Especially "You never will." In short, since buying this album, almost a month ago, I haven't stopped listening to it. These guys are getting better with each new album. "Seventh House" and "Ever" were fabulous works. But "Dark Matter" has taken IQ beyond fabulous into the realm of sublime. Highly reccomended for all those folks fond of the Fish era Marillion sound, Jadis, Pendragon, Arena, Camel, Steve Hackett, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Progressive Masterpiece July 1 2004
By gone
Format:Audio CD
It gave a few listens to understand that this is a classic masterpiece. They pumped out another one even after the classic
Seventh House which in my opinion is one of Progressive Rock's
This album ranks among the best in the field. It has all the makings of greatnes: Melodic , hard when you need it , Dark,
soft, thought- provocotive. IQ has made a mark not only in the Neo-Prog scene but as a Prog Rock giant.These guys along with
Arena are paving the way like Crimson ad Yes did years ago.
It doesn't get better than this guys
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is definitely trademark IQ. Peter's vocals have matured and have a solid strength not as readily apparent in his early efforts. The album opens with the tour de force epic sounding 'Sacred Sound' with some familiar and great guitar work and orchestration. The second song is a heart-felt ballad making me wonder whether the lyrics are born out of threads of truth. Some well-crafted synthesizer work on 'You Never Will' makes for a good flowing tune. 'Born Brilliant' opens with atmospheric dark undertones only to lead the way to a strong bass, synth and drum beat rhythm combination which really drives home.

And then the album ends with the 24 minute epic 'Harvest of Souls'. I don't know how Rangerm can see this as being anti-American, Peter is just echoing the sentiments of the masses who look on with sadness and despair at the needless 'harvest of souls'. We buy into the pointless propaganda time and again - somehow believing that war can bring peace. A foolish notion - the truth is it just brings more unrest, chaos and despair - which then leads to anger, vengeance and retribution. A vicious never-ending cycle. History repeats itself and the future ever spirals downward since we refuse to take heed of our past mistakes. There's nothing against the American people here, it's the brutal power of politics and the cold face of economics that trumps the human spirit and the well-being of our earth - that's what is at stake here. And Peter can't help to express some sense of frustration and loss as a result of our zealous ignorance time and time again.

Okay, back to the music! Musically, 'Harvest of Souls' is a brilliant instrumental journey and the lyrics, although controversial, are intelligent and vividly well written.
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