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IQ - Subterranea (8/10) - Great Britain - 1997/2005

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 52:28/50:11
Band homepage: IQ

Tracklist:

Disc 1

  1. Overture
  2. Provider
  3. Subterranea
  4. Sleepless Incidental
  5. Failsafe
  6. Speak My Name
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Infernal Chorus
  9. King Of Fools
  10. The Sense In Insanity
  11. State Of Mine

CD 2

  1. Laid Low
  2. Breathtaker
  3. Capricorn
  4. The Other Side
  5. Unsolid Ground
  6. Somewhere In Time
  7. High Waters
  8. The Narrow Margin
IQ - Subterranea

It's incredible at how many records they pumped out before signing to InsideOut Music. This was originally released in 1997 and it seems apparent that there is a need for this band. I don't know why, but I am intrigued by their earlier releases. This happens to be a double disc of about an hour and forty-five minutes of Prog Rock heaven.

 

The opening "Overture" is an instrumental that takes you on many twists and turns that you should expect from a band like this. "Provider" is the first sign of Peter taking hold of the mic with its PINK FLOYD trippy atmosphere and then we are led into the title track that is paced perfectly. The simple yet up beat track is easy to digest and is quite an enjoyable listen if you are ready for this. I know that many British artists are quite taken with themselves and play obscure and obnoxious music that no one can listen to, but IQ makes sure that anyone can dive into this at any given moment.

 

The songs for the most part flow nicely despite having some slow moments, but when things get moving it doesn't stop. That is just disc one. As we dive into the second half of the release, "Laid Low" continues with its fine mixture of 70's keyboard and atmospheric work along with the modern sound. (Online June 27, 2005)

Joe Florez



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