Dark Matter CD
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Top Customer Reviews
the band's collective and individual performances and writing seem to have reached a new peak. Nicholls singing, not always to everyones taste, is at its best and most accessable. Offords wall of keyboard sounds (mellotron, hammond, church organ) is simply awesome. Cook's drumming has a lighter more jazzy feel to it and Holmes' guitar work, particularly the acoustic work, is his best yet. Jowitts' base work combines wonderfully with Cook.
At times they do sound like early Genesis (and one track like Floyd), but simply because they use the same sound scapes, the songs are original and have that distinct IQ sound.
The albums absolute highlight is the epic Harvest of Souls, clocking in at 25 minutes there is not a dull moment. This epic contains four or five of IQ's best EVER melodies and has to be their best track to date. The album opener Sacred Sound has a very typical IQ feel to it and is another corker. Squeezed in between are three very interesting shorter tracks.
Highly recommended to all lovers of progressive rock and the outstanding album of 2004 so far.
From the sublime rising chords of opener Sacred Sound, through the darker moments of Red Dust Shadow and You Never Will, the casual arrogance of Born Brilliant (featuring some splendidly sinister slide guitar) and on to the grand finale of the epic Harvest Of Souls, the quality of this outfit is immediately apparent. The material has its sombre side, as the title indeed suggests, but the music remains uplifting throughout, and my only criticsm might be that Harvest Of Souls drags a little in places, but only a little.
Keyboard player Martin Orford in particular is worthy of high praise for opting for classic mellotron and Hammond-esque organ in keeping with the prog tradition. Conjuring the warm, rich tones and physical presence of Hugh Banton, the dynamic chord progressions and climactic intensity of Tony Banks, and the nimbled fingered dexterity and massive romantic expansiveness of Rick Wakeman, he provides the essential depth and dimensions necessary for any self-respecting prog album.Read more ›
To my mind, this is a classic progressive rock album, with nods (although not slavish) to Pink Floyd, King Crimson (especially the mellotron samples) and Genesis. 'Harvest of Souls' is a superb multi-part track that has keyboard and guitar textures that hark back to 'Supper's Ready'. That's a compliment, by the way.
I still can't get into the previous material though.
It's all been said in earlier reviews, so look on this review as an endorsement of those heaping praise on this fine album; but I have to mention 'Harvest of Souls' as truly amazing insofar as 25 minutes pass by without one evening realising it - an awesome track, which challenges the likes of Genesis' 'Supper's Ready', Yes' 'Close to the Edge' and Floyd's 'Echoes' for finest prog epic. Only a 70s snob would deny just how great this track is. Brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a review ot the vinyl version. The album itself is one of IQ's finest and contains the immortal Harvest of Souls and Sacred Sound. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ronaldo
Great album from a great band.
The highlight is without doubt the 25 minute epic Harvest Of Souls...the album is worth buying just for that track.
Whoops that was a mistake, what utter nonsense, one for the car boot. Love and peas. xPublished 15 months ago by N. Withers
I had never heard of IQ until it popped up as "other people who bought X also bought". In style it's a bit like Yes crossed with Genesis (without Jon Anderson's annoying... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Malcolm White
A grower rather than a wow - not entirely original to my ear but fills a void and the quality of the sound is exceptional.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
every listen brings you more, more depth, more contrast, more sounds, it's like a lucky dip every time you go in you never know whats coming out,... Read more
First album of theirs and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the music. Saw them perform many years ago and can still remember their professionalism. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brian H. White
I am only a recent convert to IQ after buying the brilliant 6 star Road of Bones. I am slowly working myself through their back catalogue. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Devall