Thursday, 23 April 2020

IQ - Dark Matter (2004)

The ninth album from this British band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, minimoog, organ, synths, keyboards, piano, guitars, ebow and vocals.

The band has shown a good progress and given us some very fine neo-prog albums.

That is, up to this album.

The opening bars of the opening song Sacred Sound gives us a warning of what to expect here. This is indeed twelve minutes of brilliant neo-prog with some great vocals from Peter Nicholls.

IQ is leaning pretty heavy on Genesis and their own history on this album. The music is really symphonic, epic and elegant.

Sacred Sound gives way to further forty minutes of superb to brilliant music. The twenty-five minutes long Harvest Of Souls is one of the best ever neo-prog suites.

All music on this album is really intricate with some delightful themes and melodies. Not to mention details.

In short, IQ reached a new peak with this album. And so did the neo-prog scene. This album is among the five best neo-prog albums of all time. It is indeed a masterpiece.

5 points


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