After almost four years of abstinence, Brit-Proggers IQ released a follow-up to the latest studio album „The Seventh House“. After said album had not appealed to me at all and I had already thought IQ had no energy left, “Dark Matter” proves me wrong. Lo, the old spirit is there again…IQ focus their strengths that made albums such as “Ever” or “Subterranea” become milestones. The sensitive solos and licks by one Mike Holmes, Martin Orford’s key art, the unobtrusive yet necessary bass backbone by Paul Cook and last but not least: the incomparable, whining vocals by Peter Nicholls.
You get finest Neoprog again, sometimes intricate, sometimes soaring, but always highly challenging and dynamic – puzzled out down to the smallest detail. Longtracks bursting with suspense take turns with simpler shorter tracks, this has always been this way with IQ. For Metalheads however, the whole thing could be somewhat too soft. but friends of challenging Rock music appreciate an “old-fashioned” band like IQ. The album definitely has atmosphere – something many New-Prog Metal acts lack completely... (Online December 15, 2004)