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IQ - Dark Matter (9/10) - Great Britain - 2004

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Radiant Records
Playing time: 52:18
Band homepage: IQ


  1. Sacred Sound >mp3
  2. Red Dust Shadow
  3. You Never Will >mp3
  4. Born Brilliant >mp3
  5. Harvest Of Souls
IQ - Dark Matter

With “Dark Matter” being the latest release from IQ this is a very strong album. From the first track on the CD being “Sacred Sound” all the way to the end with the epic “Harvest Of Souls” this is a great CD. IQ has been in the musical mix since 1983 and 20 years later they are still going strong with some of the best material yet.


On more than one occasion I heard musical stylings of bands like JETHRO TULL, Peter Gabriel and MARILLION, PINK FLOYD, which if that is the worst thing I can say then so be it, all three of those bands are amazing. IQ definitely stands ahead of the pack with their true Progressive Rock sound, which was started in England so many years ago with bands like I mentioned earlier.


This is a great, great CD. Musically and lyrically pulls you back and forth. With an excerpt from “Born Brilliant” to give you an idea:


I’m selfish and insensitive

I’m rotten to the core

Pretentious and derivative

You’ve seen it all before

My good contributions

Are counted on the fingers of one hand

No New Year’s resolution

Nothing ever goes the way I planned


If you are an IQ fan or are looking for something a little different in music that the great mill of our music industry has punched out. Buy this CD, you will not be disappointed. (Online August 28, 2004)

Charles McLachlan

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