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2004 album from IQ, who remain one of the biggest names in the world of Progressive Rock in a career that has lasted 23 years. Giant.Electric Pea.
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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.Read more ›
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll buy your ticket!
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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Another Prog Rock Group that comes at you with a really solid disc here. It is truly hard to find a weak song on the entire disc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by spigomars
Can't get bored of IQ's Dark Matter. It's everything I like about prog. Gives me the goosebumps.Published on July 9 2010 by M. Forest
This is one of my favorite albums of all time and is in my opinion easily IQ's best album yet. The music is extremely well-written with very good lyrics lyrics. Read morePublished on July 3 2008 by Jethro Tull
In reality this album gets 2 1/2 stars. Why? Because the first four tracks are amazing while the final track ("Harvest Of Souls" - which makes up half of the album) is a... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Rangerm13
And then there were five. Fans of old Genesis (I mean OLD Genesis) rejoice. Now IQ releases a CD in the US. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by L. A.
I was very impressed with this work. Much improved over some of the other IQ stuff from years back. They are right on the money with this one. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Russ Bellinger
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... Read more