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Dark Matter

IQAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00029RTHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sacred Sound
2. Red Dust Shadow
3. You Never Will
4. .Born Brilliant
5. Harvest Of Souls

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Borrowed Something Blue July 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fans of old Genesis (I mean OLD Genesis) rejoice. Long followed in the UK, and via imports in the US, IQ makes their first American release in over a decade with the aptly named "Dark Matter". With a set of keyboards purchased from a Tony Banks yard sale, IQ presents a rebirth, or for their fans, a continuation of the "keyboards mixed forward" feel that made household names of guys like Rick Wakeman. Lush sounds straight off your old records leap out at you, including string and flute melotrons, 70's era sound effects, Leslie organ speakers, and did I hear an ARP? The keyboards are complimented by cleanly played drums, and bass, with lyrical, multi-tracked, harmonized, high-sustain guitars soaring overhead. The rapid meter changes and transitions in feel demanded by this project are handled with aplomb. Very nicely done. A couple of songs kind of beat you over the head with repetitive odd meter, but that's a small thing. By and large, the project is very well written, played and produced with excellent musicianship on display throughout. The vocalist reminds me of a young Peter Gabriel, only less smoky and more on key. This guy has a nice set of pipes. Very enjoyable to listen to.

This is a themed project, all about the end of the world, and/or death and loss in general, and/or war and its associated tragedy. So try not to play it first thing in the morning, or just after the end of a relationship. The Lyrics take the form of broken poetry in the grand tradition of progressive rock. The brooding, ethereal, circular words only transition abruptly into straight prose at one juncture, when, during the 24 minute title song, "Harvest of Souls", they take a big sarcastic poke at the United States in plain English.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album August 5, 2004
By RJProg
Format:Audio CD
This was the first IQ CD I had heard (though I have heard about 4 other songs by them previously), and all I can say is WOW. IQ is not a band that gets any airplay in the US, and even though I am a big prog listener, until a few months ago I never even heard of them even though they been around a long time. After seeing numerous great reviews of the CD on various prog sites and listening to the 30 second samples, I took the plunge, and am glad I did. Its the best new release of 2004. Every song is good, and the musicianmanship is excellent. Particularly good are Sacred Songs and Harvest of Souls. There are certainly some recognizable Genesis influences, but its not a mere rehash of Genesis either. I highly recommend this CD to any prog fan.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prog Powerhouse June 22, 2005
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Twenty-five years, huh? Why haven't I heard them before? That's a common problem for many of us with willing ears but limited sources of introduction.
This is obviously my introduction to IQ, which was recommended to me on the strength of my interest in Spock's Beard, the Flower Kings, and Porcupine Tree. Since I haven't heard the band's other albums I can only concentrate fully on what's here rather than compare and contrast with previous works.
Here's what I liked after closely listening to Dark Matter a half-dozen times:
1) Sacred Sound; a hard-driving opener. Sets the tone of this prog powerhouse.
2) Red Dust Shadow; mellow yet powerful
3) You Never Will; a brutally honest self-appraisal
4) Born Brilliant; a pounding, driving anthem
5) Harvest of Souls; an epic journey that takes the listener all over the prog map.

Looks like I like the entire CD! Now that I have heard Dark Matter, I will take a musical journey through IQs back catalogue.
If you like progressive rock, then Dark Matter is highly recommended. Its one of the best CDs I've heard in the past year!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IQ Matters...Darkly March 21, 2005
By ProgDog
Format:Audio CD
This is my first CD by IQ. I am familiar with Jadis, Marillion, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation and many others. I have been following the recent renaissance in prog. I run a small radio show centred on prog on a community station. Those are my credentials...

I voted this CD as one of my Top Nine Best Progressive CD's of 2004. It made #2. Proto-Kaw, Before Came After, ranked #1.

My views on this work:

This CD is packed with surprises. While achieving melodic sophistication, most songs refuse to drift into the familiar paths many prog bands trudge. Bravely crafting listenable and yet challenging pieces, the quartet IQ have propelled the realm of 21st century prog into the age of angst. The CD's conceptual message is not so contrived as to give way to a roll of the eyes, but is so significantly relevant that uninitiated listeners to monolithic masterpieces of prog such as the 28-plus minute finale, Harvest Of Souls, will be engaged and at the same time stretched to their listening limits.

Tightly written, intelligently presented and maturely performed, Dark Matter is a CD of layered art. Sublime, this offering by this remarkable band deserves 100 times the attention it is currently receiving.

The sound quality is crystal clear. Inside Out has provided packaging that enhances the experience afforded on this CD.

My recommendation:

Try this CD. If you don't enjoy it, you are not interested in good, solid, inciteful, exhilirating prog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fantastic, I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs Genesis or Yes!
These guys are great. They are compared a whole lot to Genesis. I think the comparrision has foundation but I also think it is a little unfair. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jkf
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Rock is alive and doing just great
As a fan of many years of YES, Gensis, and many other prog rock groups Iq fits right into the groove.
Published 9 months ago by Tony D. Piroli
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably on of their best.
IQ is a quirky band with a long history. Very much like Genesis, the songs are very listenable. Not overly intricate but straight from the heart.
Published 12 months ago by Brick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I had never hear IQ before. I started hearing them on a Prog Rock station on Live365. They blew me away. If you like Prog Rock this is for you. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Acosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Prog!
So I'm sitting at my desk at the office and listening to Pandora when all of a sudden 'Sacred Sound' by IQ from Dark Matter comes on. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Hippie Ric
5.0 out of 5 stars Likely their best
If you're into prog rock, this is a must-have. This is one of the few of the hundreds of CDs/albums I have had over the years where I can say I really like every track. Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!
Dark Matter is a nearly flawless recording. I just love listing to it - loud! Track 2 is really the only misstep in an otherwise outstanding group of songs. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Michael Northrop
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very high
2 1/2

Being a band in this genre named IQ, you would expect some intelligently structured, unlifted material, but the bland pop-prog manages to convey an epic mediocrity... Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence Quotinet Scores Highly
My previous exposure to IQ was the woefully commercial 'Are You Sitting Comfortably', which had few highlights, so I approached this album with serious caution. Read more
Published on October 5, 2008 by Colin Logue
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