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Founded in Southampton, England in 1981

What's the difference between a band and a cult band? A charismatic frontman, able to seduce the audience with a single look? A mastermind, conducting his fellow geniuses to sheer excellence? A dedicated and addicted following lasting three decades? An outstanding live concept combining stage charisma, true emotions and self-ironic humor?

Take it all, add a catalogue in which every new entry is described as 'the latest masterpiece' and you get IQ.

Rising from the ashes of THE LENS in 1981, the original line up of Peter NICHOLLS, Michael HOLMES, Martin ORFORD, Paul COOK and Tim ESAU formed a band achieving the impossible - the combination of such diverse styles as prog, punk, jazz and even reggae. Their first cassette album, later re-released on GEP as 'SEVEN STORIES INTO 98', is still an outstanding example of that.

Both their first vinyl albums 'TALES FROM THE LUSH ATTIC' and 'THE WAKE' gained instant classic status in the 'new wave of British progressive rock'. Soon the band became a regular in London's world famous Marquee club, performed more than 200 gigs each year in the UK (as seen in the 'LIVE FROM LONDON' video from 1985), and quickly attained a strong and loyal following.

After signing to POLYGRAM in 1987 with new singer Paul MENEL, they released 'NOMZAMO' featuring the single 'PROMISES' which made it high in the Dutch charts. European tours and the album 'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?' followed, but MENEL and bass player Tim ESAU left the band shortly after in 1989.

What could have been the end was in fact just another beginning. NICHOLLS rejoined and was welcomed back enthusiastically at concerts in London and Paris. At the same time GEP was founded by musicians and associates of IQ with the rarities album 'J´AI POLLETTE D´ARNU' becoming the label's debut release.

In 1993 IQ's new album 'EVER' thrilled fans old and new with a modern and yet traditional interpretation of progressive rock. With new bassist John JOWITT (ex-ARK) the band embarked on a storming tour of the UK and mainland Europe, and played acclaimed festival appearances in the USA and South America. The tour was captured on film at the celebrated 'FOREVER LIVE' show in Kleve and was released in a special box set featuring video, double CD and large booklet.

In 1997, IQ released 'SUBTERRENEA', a ...
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IQ discography


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IQ top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 449 ratings
Tales From The Lush Attic
1983
3.80 | 545 ratings
The Wake
1985
2.80 | 319 ratings
Nomzamo
1987
2.71 | 295 ratings
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
1989
4.05 | 616 ratings
Ever
1993
3.96 | 626 ratings
Subterranea
1997
3.43 | 148 ratings
Seven Stories Into 98
1998
4.00 | 623 ratings
The Seventh House
2000
4.04 | 877 ratings
Dark Matter
2004
4.10 | 863 ratings
Frequency
2009
4.25 | 1125 ratings
The Road Of Bones
2014

IQ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.01 | 82 ratings
Living Proof
1986
3.83 | 95 ratings
Forever Live
1996
4.14 | 21 ratings
Subterranea Tour Live Germany
1999
4.14 | 17 ratings
Head Long to Argentina
1999
4.28 | 18 ratings
La Maroquinerie, Paris 18 Nov. 2000
2000
4.23 | 81 ratings
Subterranea: The Concert
2000
4.55 | 34 ratings
The Archive Collection - IQ20
2002
4.49 | 66 ratings
The Wake - Live At De Boerderij, Zoetermeer
2010
4.00 | 3 ratings
De Boerderij Zoetermeer Holland 23 October 2011
2012
4.67 | 36 ratings
Live On The Road Of Bones
2015

IQ Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.37 | 65 ratings
Subterranea - The Concert
2000
4.43 | 57 ratings
IQ20 - The Twentieth Anniversary Show
2004
3.77 | 30 ratings
Live From London
2005
4.43 | 118 ratings
Stage
2006
3.88 | 31 ratings
Forever Live
2007
4.39 | 22 ratings
Scrape Across The Sky
2017

IQ Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.30 | 60 ratings
J'ai Pollette d'Arnu
1991
4.68 | 31 ratings
For Ever Live
1996
3.44 | 68 ratings
The Lost Attic - A Collection Of Rarities (1983-1999)
1999
4.35 | 42 ratings
The Wake 2010 Remaster
2010
3.31 | 16 ratings
Re:Mixed
2011
4.63 | 92 ratings
Tales from the Lush Attic 2013 Remix
2013
4.98 | 9 ratings
Ever - 2018 Remix - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2018

IQ Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Fascination
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
Awake And Nervous
1983
2.89 | 9 ratings
Barbell Is In
1984
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Legendary IQ Free Record
1984
3.20 | 5 ratings
Corners
1985
2.72 | 36 ratings
Nine in a Pond is Here
1985
3.33 | 3 ratings
Nomzamo
1986
3.50 | 4 ratings
Intelligence Quotient
1986
2.75 | 3 ratings
Promises (As The Years Go By)
1987
3.75 | 4 ratings
Here There And Everywhere
1987
3.00 | 2 ratings
No Love Lost
1987
3.00 | 5 ratings
Passing Strangers
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Balls Of Bert Christ
1989
2.00 | 1 ratings
One More Boxer
1989
3.20 | 10 ratings
Sold On You
1989
2.00 | 1 ratings
Drive On
1989
2.00 | 2 ratings
Bulba Neeny Noo
1992
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Darkest Hour
1993
3.69 | 30 ratings
Frequency Tour
2008
4.04 | 23 ratings
Tales from a Dark Christmas
2017

IQ Reviews


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 Frequency by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.10 | 863 ratings

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Frequency
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Frequency is another gem from the most consistent Neo-Prog band Ever!!!

And this time IQ had to face some serious setbacks before the recording of this album, being the most serious one the loss of their co-founder and longtime keyboardist Martin Orford. I am sure that than affected this record, because despite the keyboards are pretty good, the typical Orford sound is missed. He contributed to the composition of all the tracks, and not having here in the record is rather strange.

Nevertheless, the band managed to get going and they recorded another solid album full of impressive moments and great passages. It is also a transition album in my opinion, because acts as a link of the old sound of the band, which ended with the also excellent Dark Matter, and the more modern, dark and compelling tones of the masterpiece Road of Bones.

So maybe this album is not the best from IQ. However, even being an average record for IQ, it is still better than the majority of prog records of 2009.

Best Tracks: Stronger than Friction (the most classic IQ-sounding track of the album), One Fatal Mistake (very touching lyrics), The Province of the King (the most impressive track of the album, instrumentally speaking) and Closer (I just love this song, especially the acoustic guitars)

Conclusion: Frequency is a transition album. It was recorded in a convoluted era for the band being the only album where the former keyboardist Mark Westworth and drummer Andy Edwards participated. It was also the last album with John Jowitt on board, and it contained music from Martin Orford after his departure of the band.

Nevertheless, the quality of the music is still very high and despite it is a weaker album than Dark Matter in my opinion, Frequency is another excellent IQ release and it gave us a glimpse of a very interesting new direction, which ended in the incredible Road of Bones.

My rating: ****

 Ever - 2018 Remix - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition by IQ album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.98 | 9 ratings

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Ever - 2018 Remix - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars I cannot resist reviewing this 25th anniversary edition of the stunning IQ's Ever!

Because this remix is simply fantastic. The guitars are much more present this time reveling details which were in hiding in the original mix and everything sounds just clean, clear and beautiful. It is still a record made in the 90's, for sure, but it sounds just perfect yet.

Ever was always one of the best neo-prog albums of the 90's, along with others like Marillion's Brave and Clepsydra's Fears, but with this remix this album has maybe reached the top of the podium.

Best Tracks: it is not a weak moment to be found in Ever, really. However, Came Down is just my favorite IQ song!

Conclusion: this edition of Ever is the definitive one. The sound is perfect, crystal clear and this remix has achieved that the music sounds not so old fashioned these days.

That's was my main complaint with the original Ever, it sounded a bit old despite being a magnificent record. So with this remix I can finally give this great album five solid stars!!!

My rating: *****

 Seven Stories Into 98 by IQ album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.43 | 148 ratings

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Seven Stories Into 98
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This double album from the splendid British neo-prog band IQ contains the original recording of Seven Stories into Eight which is the true first full length of the band released in cassette back in 1982, and it's re-recording of 1998!

And I must say that the original one has a lot of charm, and I prefer it over the newest recording. It has its flaws and the sound is very improvable, but it's pure passion of a bunch of young musicians with true talent inside of them. And this album shows part of this talent in tracks like the very progressive and beautiful Intelligence Quotient, the complex Fascination and the very compelling It All Stops Here.

In all these tracks IQ shows the personality and proper sound that would make them one of the best neo-prog band in history! They were clearly not a Genesis or Marillion rip off, and they made it clear in this cassette.

The new version of the album has a better singing from Nicholls, beautiful keyboards and crystal clear guitars. Everything sounds perfect! But the flaws of the songwriting are even more evident than before specially in the new and worse version of Barbell is In and the strange For the Taking, which comes from the band where Peter Nicholls was prior to IQ and it contains incredible (and gruesome) lyrics.

All sounded better in 98 compared to 82, but part of the magic and authenticity was also gone. So, I clearly prefer the old version of the album!

Best Tracks: Capital Letters, Intelligence Quotient, Fascination and It All Stops Here.

Conclusion: another good album from IQ which gives you two version of the same record for the price of one! The newest version of 98 sounds better and the playing and singing are outstanding. But the subpar songwriting makes itself even more evident.

Therefore, I prefer the old version of Seven Stories into Eight with the typical cassette sound of 1982 and all the charm and passion of this musicians who would make history in prog music a few years later with a bunch of memorable albums.

My rating: ***

 The Seventh House by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.00 | 623 ratings

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The Seventh House
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Just before the ending of the last millennium IQ gave away another excellent collection of the best neo-prog out there!

The Seventh Houses leave a bit the epic and conceptual sounds of Subterranea, with lyrics much more philosophical and less mundane, but maintaining a soberer style than in Ever and older works, and therefore not so old fashioned. And that's great, because although maintaining all their trademarks, IQ knew how to evolve enough to keep the interest on their music.

And The Seventh House was definitely a step in the right direction!

The vocals of Nichols are also not so high pitched like before (but more than in Road of Bones, for example...) and for this reason I find them better. The songwriting is not great all the time, finding a pair of average tracks like Erosion and Zero Hour, but the quality of others like The Seventh House and Guiding Light so outstanding that I could not give this album less than for stars!

Best Tracks: The Wrong Side of Weird (obscure and solid opener), The Seventh House (one of the best IQ songs in my opinion) and Guiding Light (beautiful lyrics and a great instrumental section)

Conclusion: maybe The Seventh House is not so good as Ever in general terms, and it also lacks the scope and magnificence of Subterranea, but it's easily above 90% of all the Neo-Prog releases of the 90's nevertheless.

For this reason and for some truly magical tracks included here, I find The Seventh House another excellent addition to IQ's discography!

My rating: ****

 Dark Matter by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.04 | 877 ratings

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Dark Matter
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars IQ had learned the hard way that straying from your musical proclivities that emanate the air of genuineness could lead to complete disaster. After the fiasco of their 80s failed ventures into crossover pop which frankly found the band skid out of control and falling into the worst possible crap possible, IQ had redeemed themselves by returning to form with 1993's "Ever" which found the band hitting their stride with a string of stellar neo-prog albums that took a cue from 70s Genesis, 80s Marillion amongst others and continued the tradition in a convincing satisfying way. While hitting a peak of sort with the outlandish double album "Subterranea" it seemed there was nowhere left to go but the band sallied forth with the turn of the millennium release "The Seventh House" which didn't find band reinventing the wheel but nevertheless stuck firmly with their established niche within the neo-prog world.

Four years later the band returned with its eighth studio album DARK MATTER which likewise didn't deviate from the established formula of drawn out atmospheric compositions that alternated soft symphonic prog passages with heavier rock flirting with metal rock and a nebulous overarching concept that i suspect matters less to the fans than the interesting musical backing, at least for yours truly. While "The Seventh House" seemed like a step down from "Subterranea" in that it played things a little too safe and didn't exactly dazzle in the wow factor, DARK MATTER changes all that with a more cleverly designed package that develops catchier melodies, stronger compositions and more varied instrumental workouts to support them. In fact, this album draws heavily from the 70s symphonic greats such as Genesis with tracks like "Supper's Ready" a prime suspect for the inspirational mojo magic and the band remained the exact same lineup which allowed a multi-year chemistry to blossom and it shows.

DARK MATTER displays IQ performing at their very best. Peter Nicholls staying strong with his controlled vocal delivery of emotional lyrical tugs in perfect poetic expressiveness, Mike Holmes alternating between powerful power chords and Hackett inspired soaring solos and Martin Orford's cranking out the masterful keyboard deliveries that put IQ in the big boys club of progressive rock as he ekes out tender grooves and church organ fueled bombast that adds and provides the primary currency of IQ's neo-prog sound properties so gracefully. Likewise the dualistic effect of John Jowitt's bass grooves and Paul Cook's precisely delivered percussive tact all conspire to create a beautifully performed melodic progressive rock album that dishes out five tracks including the 24 and a half closer "Harvest Of Souls" that offers seven developments through the monumental suite.

The tone is set with the atmospheric and ethereal intro of "Sacred Sound" that sounds like the soundtrack to a helium balloon ready to break free from Earth's gravitational pull that slowly introduces the groove oriented 7/8 time signature and allows Orford's organ riffing to slowly gestate into a monstrous rumble of keyboard excellence. Nicholls joins in as the bass and drums individually create a corresponding counterpoint that finds the band blending together in perfect harmony. The next three shorter tracks find a slew of changes including tender acoustic guitar passages, Pink Floyd inspired space rock, mellotron, mellotron and more mellotron as well as a more typical IQ style that honestly doesn't distinguish itself drastically from previous efforts such as "The Seventh House."

The true magnificence of DARK MATTER really results from the longer tracks which take up 2/3 of the real estate but the lengthy closer "Harvest Of Souls" is perhaps IQ's most accomplished track of their career with all the ingredients of IQ's recipe book performing together in the best possible ways. The track commences with tender arpeggiated acoustic guitar, ethereal atmospheric embellishments that find Nicholls perfectly enunciating every lyrical passage with his usual expected grace. This is an exciting track as it meanders from one played out melodic development to the next with all the usual mellow and heavy tradeoffs. The true highlight of the album for me is when Nicholls tenderly shouts "We Will Shoot You Where You Stand" and then an aggressive instrumental simulation of gunfire erupts and begins a killer development of the heaviest aspects within the IQ universe erupt into a series of stellar band interplay.

Another winner for IQ despite not being uniformly perfect. The opener and closer are two of the best tracks in the entire neo-prog world bar none not to mention within the prolific career of the band itself but the middle section while performed in the expected stellar fashion is a bit ordinary as far as the creativity is concerned. Still though, DARK MATTER continues the daunting task of keeping the high quality standards consistent and provides yet another successful chapter in the gloomier realms of 21st century neo-prog finding all the band's efforts at their instrumentally performed best. After DARK MATTER, Peter Cook would take a little hiatus until "The Road Of Bones" which found the band shifting gears a bit. If only the middle tracks had a bit more oomf and this would be a bona fide masterpiece but if find only the lengthiest tracks fit that bill. Another excellent album from one of neo-prog's masters.

 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.25 | 1125 ratings

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The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Talking about a band with so much prestige, if I have to say that an album is their best to date that's a big deal...

But this is just what Road of Bones is. In my opinion, it's best IQ album to date. A dark, mature and epic collection of marvelous songs with almost no flaws or weak points. And talking about a double CD release, that's an extra point!

The rhythmic section is perfect, Holmes is so elegant and gifted as ever, the keyboards are awesome, modern and not so old-school like most of the Neo-Prog bands, and Peter Nichols... In my opinion, he has improved his singing throughout the years, being not so high pitched but much more mature and natural. And his lyrics are his most personal and obscure to date, making this album worthy to be heard again and again and again.

Best songs: Road of Bones, Without Walls, Ocean, Until The End, Constellations... Should I continue?

Conclusion: Road of Bones is not perfect. It contains an average song (Hardcore), some good ones (Ten Million Demos, Knucklehead, 1312 Overture) and a bunch of great ones (the rest). But it's really rewarding to hear a band with more than 30 years of history in such a great form, releasing their most complete, mature and well-made album to date.

For this reason and for the outstanding musical quality of Road of Bones, I'm giving this effort five solid stars, being one of the best Neo-Prog albums of all times.

My rating: *****

 Dark Matter by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.04 | 877 ratings

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Dark Matter
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Dark Matter is the eighth album from IQ and it also marks the end of an era, because it's the last album they recorded with keyboardist Martin Orford, sadly retired from music industry these days. After him, IQ would not be the same (they are maybe even better now!)

This album contains only five tracks in the vein of other albums like Ever or The Seventh House (not so epic like Subterranea) with a slightly darker tone in general (not too dark, this is IQ folks!) being the first and the last one two true neo-prog masterpieces. The other three are maybe not so fantastic, but very solid nevertheless making the album very enjoyable from beginning to end.

The musicianship and production are simply amazing, and Peter Nichols sounds just perfect.

Best Tracks: Sacred Sound, Harvest of Souls and Born Brilliant mainly because the great lyrics.

Conclusion: Dark Matter is one of the best IQ albums, containing two outstanding songs and three very good ones. Catchy, satisfying neo-prog at its best! Maybe too conservative despite the darker tone of the lyrics and some musical passages, but this a minor defect in comparison of the otherwise excellent musical quality of this record.

My rating: ****

 Ever - 2018 Remix - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition by IQ album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.98 | 9 ratings

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Ever - 2018 Remix - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars I am finding it a little hard to comprehend that I am looking at the 25th anniversary 3 disc set of 'Ever', as I vividly remember it being released, and then hearing Martin play some of the album solo at Whitchurch. Back then it was an album that few of us ever imagined being made, as IQ's charismatic singer Peter Nicholls had previously left the band, and then a few years later the replacement singer Paul Menel had departed, taking with him bassist Tim Esau. No-one was really sure what was going to happen with the band, but with Martin stepping up to take lead vocals, Mike still there on guitar and Paul on drums, they brought in Les 'Ledge' Marshall (who had previously been in the pre-IQ band The Lens) and kept gigging. Peter came back to sing as a guest, but none of them expected it to be permanent. It was the sad passing of Marshall that brought the four friends back together as a unit, and the decision to continue. They of course needed a bassist, and looked to John Jowitt from Ark who has supported them in the past.

Recorded in March 1993, the album had a massive impact on the UK underground progressive scene when it was released, and it is still an incredibly important album in their canon (and one that I personally have loaded on my phone at all times). So, given that any IQ fan will already own this album, why would they go out and then purchase this three disc set? Because there is no option as to not to, that's why.

The first disc contains what is supposedly a remix of the original album, but in reality it is far much more than that. When the original recordings took place the band were limited to 24 tracks, but wanted more, so some of the keyboards were run live through MIDI, so they weren't actually on the analogue tape. Martin no longer had the keyboards he had played back then, so current keyboard player Neil Durant not only had to work out what notes were being played, but also what keyboards had created the sounds in the first place, and then recreate Martin's role in a way that it was indistinguishable from the original. Mike also used the opportunity to not only remix the album but to resolve some sounds that he felt weren't correct in the first one. So it is not just a remix, but a freshened up and revitalised version of the original album, 'Ever 2.0' as it were. It certainly sounds quite different to the original, with far more depth, vibrancy and balance, amazing was 25 years of technology (and experience) can bring to the sound. The second disc is a live performance of the complete album from February this year, which of course features not only Neil but bassist Tim Esau, who returned to replace his replacement John Jowitt.

Then it is onto the third disc, which is a DVD so that it can hold all the data. First off there are 5.1 surround sound mixes of the first two discs, then there are album demos, studio outtakes, unused ideas and rehearsals. For the fan this stuff is absolutely invaluable: the first place I went was to play "Unholy Cow" which was the song which became "Out of Nowhere", and it is fascinating to see how the song started and then progressed to the final version we all know and love.

There is a booklet containing the thoughts of all those involved, loads of photos, all housed in a full digipak. Having long been fan of the original album, all I can say is that it is unlikely that I will be going back to it, as this newer version is so much cleaner. With this release IQ were very much back, and it laid the groundwork for all their success through the Nineties and beyond. I was fortunate enough to see the guys play a few times in this period, and myself and Martin were in contact a great deal, and just putting this on and reading the notes has taken me back to those heady days of 1993.

'Ever' was at the time, and still is, an incredibly important album which any proghead must surely have in their collection already. However, the care that has been placed into this reissue makes this an indispensable release, which 25 years on has gained in power and vibrancy. Absolutely essential.

 The Wake by IQ album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.80 | 545 ratings

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The Wake
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The Green Album.

Sporting a weird art cover, The Wake surely attracts the eye: what is this?!? To me it's the Green Album. What does it talk about? I' I'm not sure, really. The lyrics are cryptic, as usual, but 'Never sleeping, I saw my abduction from Solid areas fallen with grace' an and such prose staggers my mind with interrogation signs. What is he talking about? I'm not even sure they know themselves!

I was 9 years old when this record came out and if I had a chance to discover it at the time, I would tell you right away that it's a long way from Duran Duran (my big fav at the time). I would've also tell you that it's very, very colorful and enigmatic; I mean, wh why is there a sad clown on the cover?

I'm aware of all the comparison between The Wake and Misplaced Childhood. Many will say that Childhood is much more accomplished, polished and coherent. The art of Childhood is irresistible, the songs are more dramatic and it creates a much deeper impact on the mind. Agreed, Childhood is one hell of a classic and breeded countless clones, more bad ones than good. But IQ created on his side a weirder monster from the 'Genesis' ashes, and this is were I'm signing in. IQ injects much more bombastic energy, almost yelling out it's message. IQ let the heartaches out and invites the dynamic theatrics in, pushing you to listen more carefully.

IQ gave birth to something unique, colorful, thickly foggy and LOUD, in a parallel lane of Marillion, but never rejoining. This is a ma mammoth of an album that rocks the crap out the 80's. It's less for girls, no soapy ballads or romantic touches, it paints an epic ca canvas in deafening rocking colors.

To be able to pull out such a vigorous rabbit out of their hat and giving life back to a dying art is a reason in itself to call it a classic.

 Subterranea by IQ album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.96 | 626 ratings

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Subterranea
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Subterranea was the confirmation that after the Peter Nicholls comeback IQ was in top form!

And here we can find thanks to a pristine production a band which has become even more ambitious than the in the excellent Ever, introducing elements like marimba and saxophone in some pieces and making their music darker and even more interesting.

The only problem I have with Subterranea is that being a double CD, some track are just filling and they are not impressive. That's a problem that almost every double disc album has, and this is not an exception. However, the music is excellent most of the time.

Conclusion: Subterranea does not reach Ever in terms of overall quality, but it was the confirmation that IQ has here to staty. Excellent work!

Best Tracks: Failsafe (Neo-Prog at its best!), Speak my Name (breathtaking), Tunnel Vision (strong, dark, solid), Breathtaker (a perfect song) and The Narrow Margin (splendid epic and a great ending for the album)

My rating: ****

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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