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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Giant Electric Pea
  • ASIN: B000239KW4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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1. Sacred Sound
2. Red Dust Shadow
3. You Never Will
4. Born Brilliant
5. Harvest Of Souls

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I have now lived with a pre-ordered copy of Dark Matter for several weeks. It's an album that sounds even better with each repeated listening. For IQ fans the sound and ambience closely matches, what was until now my favourite IQ album, EVER. However,
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.
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I haven't heard a band of this calibre and with this degree of musical courage in a long time, what a delight it is to hear a band that both understands and embraces the true spirit of old school 70s progressive rock! The 'Genesis copyist' label I had heard associated with these chaps is a gross over simplification of their clear grasp of what makes great prog i.e. PASSION and GRANDEUR! Echoes (sic) of Floyd, Yes, Crimson, ELP, Camel, Greenslade and many others, drift in and out of the sounscape, and for me the effect is that of a deep appreciation of the tradition rather than plagiarism and mimicry, with all members blending their formidable skills to create a melodic, symphonic whole that celebrates the genre in all its glory, yet with a voice that is somehow all their own

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.
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As a child of the Yes/Genesis era, I have been somewhat dissapointed over the years, (living in the past?), with the offerings from the new wave of bands in this genre. However, when IQ came on the scene they produced music which was different to the norm, they had a distinct feel, their own sound. Dark Matter has grown on me, the more I play the more I like, so much so I would rate it as their best overall not quite 5* but not far off. Put it on, turn it up and enjoy!
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Not being a fan of IQ's previous material, I was surprised to find myself liking the track 'You Never Will' on a compilation CD. Intrigued, I bought the album last year and have played it at least once a week since then.
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.
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Rather like a vintage wine, IQ really have improved with age. At a time in their lives when they have achieved mellow maturity, this is reflected in their music; relaxed and comfortable in their own skin and throwing as many epic, grandiose and progressive elements at an album as they want. And they are accomplished with it too. No longer the awkward pretenders to Marillion's progressive crown in the 80s; IQ stand head and shoulders above most in their chosen field and this album reflects all that is great about IQ.

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.
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