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DARK MATTER

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

4.01 | 651 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
4 stars Born really brilliant!!!

"Dark Matter" is one of the best IQ album along with "Ever". The style is close to Yes and, especially, Genesis. In particular, "Dark Matter" reminds "Foxtrot" in structure and in some moments even in sound.

The suite Harvest Of Soul, one of the best moments of the album, is characterized by considerable instrumental ideas and seems to be a kind of homage to "Supper's Ready", in fact the structure of these two epics is very similar (however, lyrics are very different!). Harvest Of Soul can not compete with the legendary suite of Genesis for sure, but is an inspired and convincing piece, where the band alternates, with efficacy, melodic moments to other more aggressive. You can like it or not Nicholls's voice, but I do not mind at all and, compared to the first album, I think his voice is improved a lot.

The best track of the album is, however, the opening Sacred Sound dominated by the majestic sound of the organ. The song is extraordinary with wonderful instrumental crescendo and a great support from the rhythm section. This piece would be enough to justify buying this album!

The other tracks are less memorable, but only Red Dust Shadow , mostly acoustic, is trivial. You Will Never and Born Brilliant are beautiful songs, complex although short, and worthy comprimarie of the two main pieces.

Melodic and intriguing, bombastic but also intimate, "Dark Matter" is probably the IQ best album and a great example of what neo-prog really is. Avoid it only if you do not like the neo- progressive genre.

Rating: 8/10. Four stars.

Best song: Sacred Sound

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |

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