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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 classic double concept album with a very fresh approach which amazed both critics and fans alike. Brought to the stage with a stunning visual ...
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IQ discography

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

3.84 | 323 ratings
Tales From The Lush Attic
3.79 | 409 ratings
The Wake
2.78 | 220 ratings
2.74 | 204 ratings
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
4.05 | 438 ratings
3.92 | 458 ratings
3.50 | 86 ratings
Seven Stories Into 98
4.04 | 449 ratings
The Seventh House
4.02 | 664 ratings
Dark Matter
4.12 | 641 ratings
4.46 | 419 ratings
The Road Of Bones

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

2.95 | 51 ratings
Living Proof
3.71 | 7 ratings
3.84 | 68 ratings
Forever Live
4.53 | 17 ratings
Subterranea Tour Live Germany
4.15 | 8 ratings
Head Long to Argentina
4.50 | 8 ratings
La Maroquinerie, Paris 18 Nov. 2000
4.24 | 58 ratings
Subterranea: The Concert
4.52 | 39 ratings
The Wake - Live At De Boerderij, Zoetermeer

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

4.72 | 29 ratings
Forever Live
4.38 | 52 ratings
Subterranea - The Concert
4.44 | 52 ratings
IQ20 - The Twentieth Anniversary Show
3.83 | 28 ratings
Live From London
4.44 | 93 ratings
3.76 | 18 ratings
Forever Live

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

3.57 | 44 ratings
J'ai Pollette d'Arnu
3.45 | 53 ratings
The Lost Attic - A Collection Of Rarities (1983-1999)
4.62 | 27 ratings
The Archive Collection - IQ20
4.62 | 21 ratings
The Wake 2010 Remaster
3.00 | 3 ratings
4.60 | 60 ratings
Tales from the Lush Attic 2013 Remix

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

5.00 | 2 ratings
The Legendary IQ Free Record
2.67 | 26 ratings
Nine in a Pond is Here
5.00 | 1 ratings
Here There And Everywhere
5.00 | 1 ratings
Passing Strangers (12'')
3.50 | 6 ratings
Sold On You (EP)
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Darkest Hour (Promo-EP)
3.69 | 26 ratings
Frequency Tour

IQ Reviews

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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by Roland113
Prog Reviewer

5 stars In My Not So Humble Opinion:

"Frequency" by IQ was disappointing at best. I'm sorry IQ, I'm sorry friends of IQ, but this was not one of their best efforts.

That was the beginning of my last IQ review, a three star effort wrought with disappointment from one of my favorite bands laying a dud. As such, I was less than enthusiastic about "The Road of Bones", it took me a while to finally give it a spin. I had pre-judged the album, it's another IQ album similar to the last three, how can it have such a high rating. I was prepared to come in and bash the album.

I was wrong, I was horribly wrong!

Ok, so there are similarities and differences between Frequency and The Road of Bones. For starters, both albums have the harder edge that's been going through the ranks of Neo as of late, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The difference is that the engineering has taken a leap, the mix sounds so much better. Peter Nichols voice shines through as always, but Neil Durant's keyboard is some of the best that IQ has seen in years, including some of the later albums with Martin Orford. Another huge improvement is the rhythm section of Tim Esau and Paul Cook. It's both the new and old rhythm section, but they sound fantastic together and again, the mix makes them sound even better. Certainly not forgotten, Mike Holmes continues to rip out fantastic solo after solo. The occasional influence of a Spanish acoustic here and there is greatly appreciated.

"From the Outside In" is a typical IQ song and honestly, when I first heard it, I was convinced that this was just a continuation of the latest trend. After multiple listening's it still leaves me underwhelmed,

The title track is one of the first tunes that really hit me as something different. I love the distinctive sound of the vibraphone line standing out amongst the ambience of the rest of the synths. Neil Durant paints a beautiful soundscape here. Towards the middle of the song we get a glimpse of Tim Easu's tasty fretless bass (mmm, tasty bass. . . ). This is a great departure, something fresh and new.

"Without Walls" is a full on nineteen minutes of hit and miss. Ok, that's an exaggeration, the first three minutes is a forgettable, Genesis-esque ballad that could have been tucked away on "We Can't Dance". Luckily, this is quickly discarded for a nod to Frequency with the heavy triple chunk of the guitar over the Kashmir style drums. This is the IQ that we're used to, and I'm not saying this as a bad thing, I like change, but there still needs to be a common point of reference.

Neil Durant wears his Tony Banks influence on his sleeves, particularly for the keyboard lines in "Ocean". I kind of like Ocean as a ballad, though it is nonetheless, a ballad, a relatively underappreciated vessel in the prog sphere. Peter Nichols' voice stands out as more emotional and vulnerable than usual, a pleasant departure.

"Until the End" has some bright spots as well, the part at the five minute mark is a wonderful study in tastiness and space. Paul Cook in particular sounds great here. The end of the song is typical of IQ in that it's a slow reflection back on the past few songs, but unlike the previous albums, this one is slightly less predictable in that it's slower and quieter. Rather than making the big statement ala "Guiding Light" or "The Narrow Margin" this one tapers off nicely.

So, at this point we're at the end of the first CD and I'm waffling between a high three or a low four, it's good but I'm not convinced it's the next masterpiece. On to disc two.

"Knucklehead" has an exotic, almost Indian feel to it, the rhythm section shines throughout the first few minutes with a flurry of accent hits. Some of Mike Holmes best guitar work can be heard throughout this song, first there's the acoustic part that ends the Indian section, followed by a case of the heavies and then a nice arpeggio. The rhythm section again shines throughout this entire song. This song is a nice improvement over the first disc and really got my attention.

"1312 Overture" just plain kicks butt the whole way throughout the song, we start with a nice reference to the 1812 overture then there's four minutes of instrumental bliss featuring Neil Durant showcasing his talents over a sick rhythm. This is another great song.

"Constellations" is a Genesis themed song with similar themes to the last two songs, Tony Banks sounding keyboard patches with Mike Holmes doubling at times, or soloing over them at other times. This is the third fantastic song in a row and I'm starting to feel this album.

"Fall and Rise" is another beautiful song and Tim Esau shines here, the warbling of his fretless intertwining with Paul Cook's meandering drumming is sublime. Just when it's all well and good, Mike Holmes rips out a Spanish sounding acoustic guitar solo that meshes beautifully with Peter Nichols voice. This is another song about musical space and something that's been sorely missed on the last couple of IQ albums. In case that isn't enough, Neil Durant takes us out with his own beautiful solo. This band is firing on all cylinders in this song.

I can't say enough about "Ten Million Demons". It starts out with a Dr. Who nod for the bass and just builds to an intense rocker. I can't say enough about Neil Durant, his patch choice throughout this song was the final kicker that pushed the cd to masterpiece status, at times he pulls a patch from 'Mama', other times just a wonderfully tasty chord progression with a soft pad behind the pounding groove. The important thing though, is that this song is fantastic thanks to Mr. Durant. I can't play this song loud enough. Yes, this is the moment that pushes this album to a full five star rating. Best line of the album, Peter Nichols growling 'Get yourself unwrecked, time to resurrect'.

Hardcore is a great ending to the whole CD, we get five minutes of nod to the first CD, nice, more Neil Durant keys in the vein of ' . . . And Then There Were Three" but then something amazing happens. We get into a soft, outro with just soft keys and ambience. This slowly grows into a full out outro similar to "Fall and Rise" in that the instrumentalists of the band are shining and locking in together. Mike Holmes adds first a Hacket sounding solo then another acoustic solo over the groove as the song slowly fades out. This was such a beautiful ending.

I am so happy to give this cd a full on five star rating and so glad to see something this good from IQ. This is the best album that they've ever released. Good job to you all, this is a masterpiece and I'm so glad you guys kept working at this band. It would have been easy for Mike Holmes to have called it quits multiple times. This is fantastic and I'm so glad you kept at it.


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by prog61

2 stars I honestly do not understand how people can call this album a masterpiece. For me IQ reached their highest peak with "Dark Matter", really their most progressive album. The following "Frequency" was a big disappointment, and this latest album is no better. Unfortunately, in recent years the music of IQ has lost much of the usual fantasy and the typical progressive components: all the songs have more or less the same structure: simple times, some instrumental passage, very melodic vocals, but nothing that will really get interesting to ears accustomed to prog. Unfortunately, the lack of Martin Orford is felt more and more: the progressive soul of the band was really him. I'm sorry to say that, but I think IQ have now very little to say in progressive music: better to go to listen to the various "Dark Matter", "Ever", "Wake" and "Lush attic"


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by FXM

5 stars For my debut review on Progarchives I have decided to select what is so far the outstanding release of 2014.

I thought IQ had reached the pinnacle of their career with Dark Matter. For me Frequency was a very good but a bit weaker. But Road of Bones is superb, in my opinion this is by far their best release to date. A five star review is something that should be give to only a very special album. There are too many discs here that are undeserving of the five star rating they receive but this is truly a masterpiece. This, their 11th studio recording, is the crowning achievement in a long career spanning 32 years.

Everything about this release is class. Good artwork, crisp clear production and superb musicianship. There is not a dull moment on the entire disc. The epic "Without Wall" is probably my favourite, it starts quite mellow and slow builds into one of those majestic sounding IQ tracks.

The other four tracks on the main disc are also excellent, there is a fine interplay of bass and drums, great keyboard work from the newcomer Neil Durant and of course Mike Holmes guitar playing is first class as usual. Peter Nicholls voice is in top form and he gives space for the music to develop. When I heard that John Jowett had left the band and was replaced by Tim Esau, their bass player from the 1980's I was a bit worried but my fears were unfounded and he has performed superbly

On the Special Edition they have added a bonus disc which could easily have been a release on its own. All too often bonus material is second rate but not in this case, the six tracks are all good, not a filler amongst them.

Unless something special is released over the next few months Road of Bones will be easily be at the top of my best of for 2014.


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars IQ are band I have had a firm interest in over the past few years. Having a slight firm interest in Neo Prog, along with Marillion, IQ are probably one of my most favourable bands still carrying the Neo prog sound. Their last album "Frequency" was a critically praised album and got a lot of praise, and it deserved it. And this album got the same praise...and it deserved it...well kind of.

One criticism I would have with this album is summed up in IQ's overall sound. The band's sound is really pushed by Peter Nichols' vocals and the keyboards. Drums and bass do play a small role but the guitars only come in now and then to add a few chugs now and then. In fact sometimes the guitar riffs on this album sound very similar to each other. I do think "Frequency" was a slightly more cohesive and enjoyable album, but this one isn't too bad to be honest. If I was to best describe these guys impact, I would say they are like a mellower and less heavier Threshold, both in style and presentation. But at least these guys are sticking to their guns.

The bands sound is very unique. In fact out of all the neo prog bands, IQ's sound is probably one of the most distinct, but it is also one of the most consistent Neo prog sounds, which means the band can be a slightly bit repetitive. But it doesn't mean the band can't excite and entice. One of the biggest baits for the band is the voice of Peter Nichols. Very noticeable and enjoyable in tone, he reminds me of a lower Tobias Sammet (from Edguy fame) with slight tributes to Fish and Steve Hogarth now and then.

The opening track "From The Outside In" is a great intro to the album. Probably one of the band's heaviest songs in their repertoire. In fact I would even say this is a progressive metal song. Great intro with some pretty head banging riff and a pretty good chorus too.

The title track is probably one of my personal favorites on the album. Starting off almost like a ballad the song has some nice melodies and moving segments before exploding into a rather heavy climax.

The album's longest track "Without Walls" is a good example of how to make a long epic song. Full of interesting moments showing off the bands versatility with a lot of different dynamic changes throughout. The end has a pretty great climax showing off the bands more experimental side with some nosey crescendos.

The albums shortest song "Ocean" is more of a ballad. The amazing keyboard work on this song is the real highlight. Some nice melodies and some cool twists and turns throughout too.

The final track "Until The End" is probably one of the darkest tracks on the album. Full of discords thrown in now and again, it goes through a good amount of emotional moments with a great finale too.

In conclusion, this album is a brilliant follow up to "Frequency." The bands sound hasn't changed too much over the years, but this album is one of their heaviest and shows off the bands direction towards a more metal sound. Overall it bodes well with the bands sound and is a push in the right direction.


Genres: Progressive Rock, Neo Prog, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Art Rock

Country of origin: England

Year of release: 2014


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 The Lost Attic - A Collection Of Rarities (1983-1999) by IQ album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
3.45 | 53 ratings

The Lost Attic - A Collection Of Rarities (1983-1999)
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars While the next couple of years IQ focused on promoting ''Subterranea'' via live performances, they did not stay away from regular appearances on music stores' shelves.First comes the 98' re-recording and release of their 82' premature ''Seven stories into eight'' album, which was a trully exciting trip to the past, and then, in 1999, comes a nice collection, entitled ''The lost attic''.This albums contains recordings spanning from mid-80's to the millenium and includes alternates versions of some of IQ's most well-known numbers, live sessions, covers, demo executions of studio pieces and even some leftovers.

Part of the album offers pieces, originally included in singles heading for the fan club of the band: A lovely performance on the middle section of ''The last human gateway'', a surprising execution of the Folk-oriented ''The bold grenadier'' with beautiful orchestral synths and synthetic vibes in a MIKE OLDFIELD-like enviroment, a version of ''Fascination'' with Paul Menel on vocals, and one of IQ's rarest cuts, ''Hollow afternoon'', which features a big symphonic sound with powerful keyboards and excellent guitar soloing, not far from the sound of ''Fascination''.

The cover presented is ''Apathetic and here, I...'', originally written by Geoff Mann for his album ''Second chants'' and this version comes from the 94' tribute album ''Mannerisms''.It's got a weird New Wave vibe over an atmosphere of acoustic lines with a discreet Neo Prog feel.''N.T.O.C. (Resistance)'' was originally part of the 93' SI compilation ''Disc too'' and here the group exhibits a style reminiscent of the Paul Menel era, featuring a somewhat rockin'/poppy vibe on vocals but also an impressive instrumental depth with full-blown synths and sampled organs as well as some great guitar runs.

''Awake and nervous'', Just changing hands'' and ''Widow's peak'' are the three pieces coming from an 84' BBC session, no more to add, fantastic songs, arrangements and live capturing by the band in three classic cuts of IQ's endless, succesful repertoire.

The ''Subterranea'' outtakes are represented here by ''Eyes for the blind'' and ''The universal scam'', which work as complementary tracks and are up there with the album's atmosphere.Starting with the first, the atmosphere is melancholic, laid-back and lyrical with only bass and keyboards in the forefront, while the second one is bombastic Neo Prog with a rich and dynamic style with the sign of IQ all over the place.

Other tracks include a 1999 re-recording of the lost-in-time ''Hollow afternoon'', the excellent acoustic ballad ''Wintertell'' with its amazing British flavor, the humoristic, almost cartoon-like ''My legs'' with the vocal distortions and the following effects and a rather pale, Reggae-like edition of ''Barbell is in'', which could be a nice listening, while drinking a mojito at a beach bar.

All in all a pretty cool compilation of archival and more recent recordings by IQ, which varies from Pop Rock to bombastic Neo Prog and scans different periods of the band's history.Great addition for all IQ fans, but also a nice purchase for lovers of diverse music discoveries, always surrounded by a proggy background.Recommended.


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
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The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by JCDenton

5 stars I'm surprised. This is a tremendous album. IQ never show off too much technicality and are not a flashy group by any means, but the band do well with what they have. They wrote a great, melancholy album here. It has many great atmospheric textures and a well-polished sound. It's still jamming at many times and hard-hitting, but very full of emotion and heart. That's where this album majorly succeeds. There's nothing complicated about it (if not "Ocean" having just a bit of an unusual, but good beat for a cheery tune). I don't find a moment of music I don't enjoy here. Each tune is lengthy but doesn't cover more ground than it can handle. Each idea is present to satisfactory extents and always keeps me interested. It's great! Been listening to it non-stop for weeks! What didn't click at first only clicked more and more with time! There's very little wrong with this album!


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
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The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars I own the special edition double CD release of this album, so my review is somewhat slighted by the "overall" impression that this collection of songs has left me. The Road of Bones contains a lot of very polished neoprog. None of it is very sophisticated. Most of it is fairly straightforward and repetitive with the occasional pleasing twist or turn. Peter Nichols' vocals are very clear and easy on the ears yet they lack whatever it takes to get the listener really engaged and excited. I find myself most drawn to the keyboard work--which is most often fairly simple though very lush and fully-filling of the aural landscapes. Mostly, I guess I just like the sounds and tones used by Neil Durant. The album does have a few gems--and, IMHO, they have improved their delivery from Frequency--though many of the "hooks" used effectively on that 2009 album are again used here. From Disc 1, "The Road of Bones" (8:32) (9/10) is great, beautiful, mature. The epic/show piece "Without Walls" (19:16) (8/10) and the Wind and Wuthering-like "Ocean" (5:55) (8/10) are both nice songs but neither leaves me with adrenaline pumping, neither lures me back for the "replay" button push. From Disc 2, "Knucklehead" (8:11) (9/10) is the best--offering the most complex and exciting music of the entire collection. Both "Hardcore" (the first half) (10:53) and "Until the End" (12:00) reminds me too much of Frequency's best song, "Ryker Skies." The rest of Disc 2's songs are a step below the offerings on Disc 1. The instrumental, "1312 Overture" (4:18), is engaging but it makes me feel as if the band is going through a rhythmic warmup exercise. The acoustic guitar play on Disc 2 and use of programmed drums gives the music a cheesy lounge New Age music sound. "Ten Million Demons" (6:10) leads the best of the rest. "Constellations" (12:25) sounds like it came right out of Genesis' And Then There Were Three/Duke era--I mean, straight out, sometimes note and sound-for note and sound.

Overall, The Road of Bones is a pleasant listen even if it doesn't excite me enough to extoll its masterpiece status. Still, I do recommend prog lovers give it a listen.


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
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The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars The Return of the Choir Mellotron

For all its worth, any IQ album is subject to a vast array of opinions, going from "masterpiece" to "I don't get it!", an entirely understandable state of affairs when considering the pioneering legacy this band continues to enjoy. Yup, we all know the story, they were part of the heroic resistance to the impending disappearance of prog in 1977, when 'vanilla' punk ruled the hypocritical waves. Along with Marillion, Pallas, Twelfth Night and Pendragon, IQ forged ahead in the vast darkness. Each subsequent album has made an impact on the expectations from these wily veterans and releases such as Ever, The Seventh House, Dark Matter and Frequency have injected pride and passion into the flourishing scene, giving the lesser known bands a new source of inspiration and drive. Music for music's sake. The departure of the visually delightful master bassist John Jowitt, original keyboard virtuoso Martin Orford and drummer Andy Edwards did not really affect the sound all that much as new faces and old hats are now in the fold (Tim Esau and Paul Cook are back from their sabbatical). It seems that, like it or not, guitarist Mike Holmes remains the man responsible for the overall IQ sound and Peter Nicholls just stamps the lyrics with his theatrical voice. They also seem to take their time in getting new material done in a fashion that will keep old fans happy while seducing a new audience. Neo-pro, for all its opinionated shortcomings, has never produced more gems than in the last 10 years, a sub-genre that has been killing it with superlative new groups (Silhouette, Galahad, Anubis, Sylvan, Comedy of Errors, Magenta, Final Conflict, Shamall, Vienna Circle and a slew of others). Every day seems to announce a new arrival from France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Norway and beyond. So, in all fairness to others, IQ are the shining light that keeps the prog road illuminated, intelligent music woven by supreme talents who have a peculiar vision of their sound, yet constantly look to reinvent themselves. That alone warrants the loftiest praise.

Like most avid fans, I have opted for the 2 CD version (the more music, the merrier) and everything expected is reached in spades, with a package that will have fans and critics all caught up in their own personal interpretations, slicing, dicing and otherwise finding whatever they are looking for in a prog album. Yes, the mood reflects the somber cover artwork, a mist of swirling greys with an understood melancholic gloom that may appear out of nowhere, unexpected. Neil Durant is the main architect of creative keyboard work that sees little interest in technical prowess, completely subservient to the crew and their arrangement.

CD 1 - "From the Outside In" intros with a Bela Lugosi accented "Children of the Night" and subsequent steamroller assault on the senses, crisp, heavy and actually closer to recent Galahad. From the opening chords, the mighty Mellotron has opted for the much vaunted choir option, (a personal longtime favorite) and it has not shirked its omnipotent desire to dominate the aural landscape. Paul Cook's marshaling beats show off quasi Led Zeppelin- like propulsion, nasty and lethal explosions of tectonic shock, Esau pulling menacingly on his basso profundo. There is little doubt that this piece has extraordinary 'live in concert' credentials, not just for its manifest bombast but also for its explicit winks at "the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" cinematographic soundtrack. There is a gleaming metallic sheen here as well as elsewhere on the 2CD collection that should be obvious to any cursory listener.

If there ever was a perfect IQ song (and there are many in the back catalog), the glorious title track would certainly fit the billing. It has a modern sheen, in that the keyboards have a most definite electro-glitter with a weighty beat and a grandiloquent presence, driving a metallic spike into the Neo-prog formula, a particular attention to forging stunning melodies adorned with twinkling orchestrations. The main theme is typical of the IQ veneration for colossal memorability, with a cute nod at Peter Murphy's classic "Indigo Eyes" there is a repetitive marimba/calypso keyboard tone that will corrupt any indifference and induce immediate 'kneeling at the shrine' hypnosis. The massed guitar onslaught, engined forward by that titanic Mellotron orchestration is a thing of beauty. This is progressive rock hit material. I could listen to these 8 and a half minutes on endless loop and repeat.

IQ have crafted a loyal companion to their colossal epic "Harvest of Souls" off the Dark Matter album, though this 19 minute+ "Without Walls" may offer up more excitation than one could hope for, cool breeze drumming, sounding almost like a beat box combine with dense Led Zeppelin "Kashmir"-like atmospherics and majestic squalls of contrasts, a universe of salivating organ and a snarling Rottweiler guitar tirade. Nicholls howls with unabashed despondence, floating redolence and total confidence. Obviously, there needs to be many returns here to fully grasp the density and despair but that's what makes epics so gratifying, they keep revealing new details, such as the short "The Knife"-like take-off that winked at me and the sudden jangly guitar arpeggios a few seconds later, the rambling Hammond urging on explosion and the delirium inducing outro, thinking that the piece is over. Durant then flips on his switches and toys with his synths, giving another round to the microphone man. Beautiful, by any prog standard! Teacher, please don't leave us kids alone!

"Ocean" took a long time for me to appreciate, as this and the following piece seemed to get caught in some invisible net. Fragile, puerile, bucolic, pastoral, it's actually a song in its purest form. In fact, I find myself comparing this to a Howard Jones/Naked Eyes/Thompson Twins electro-pop ballad. Truth is I am starting to really enjoy this track but it has been a slow-burner.

We end the first installment with the underwhelming "Until the End", a cosmetic hodgepodge of altering nuances, a dozen minutes of intransigent drama laced with booming bass in overt Rutherfordian upper cut, tortured synthesizer punching and careening guitar jabs. The gritty song is initially a struggle in its performance and therefore in its acceptance but again, repeated returns have peeled off layers of tear-inducing onion, only to discover the underlying quality of the musicianship and the singing.

CD 2 - As correctly stated by numerous previous observers, this second CD is as tasty, if not more so than the glittering first one, a real double whammy treat for the fan, the band was obviously inspired by all the "remue-ménage" going on between members leaving and old vets returning to the fold. I guess the term 'musical chairs' has never been more appropriate. The brash "Knucklehead" blasts with serpent-like conviction, massive dollops of buttery choir and violin Mellotron cater to the sonic buffet, with enough twists and turns to keep us proggers on our tippy-toes.

"1312 Overture" is studiously more orchestral than anything remotely neo-prog, a perfect example of how rock music can be 'classicalized' and satisfy the most irascible fan. It is a humorous and clever wink at Piotr Tchaikovsky's classic "1812 Overture", a piece depicting Russia's defiant defense from Napoleon's conquering Grande Armee. It has an obvious military tone to it, complete with cannonade fireworks, howling winter-like Choir Mellotron and gentle yet abject surrender.

The cinematographic splendor of "Constellations" is perhaps the most terrifyingly accurate IQ song ever, as if the lads were all born brilliant and decide to harvest their souls for added inspiration. Peter Nichols has never sounded more accomplished, compelled towards excellence by the grandiose keyboard avalanche which in turn is propelled muscularly by both Tim Esau's burly bass and Paul Cook's driving rhythmic pulse. Guitarist Holmes does finally step out into the spotlight and he glitters with fluid streams of electricity, as well as arranging a sure fire IQ classic in the process, including the overt Genesis influences that we all know and love. Here, it's at its zenith in terms of successful seduction.

The lovely "Fall and Rise" showcases Esau's exceptional fretless bass prowess (another valued prog idiosyncrasy), deft acoustic guitar from master Holmes who is a darn good player, as well as Nicholls vocalizing with his usual maitrise. A pleasurable ballad that will get many more repeats from my devices.

When I first heard "Ten Million Demons" somewhat absent mindedly, I was taken slightly aback as I thought that Depeche Mode had suddenly gone progressive and bullied themselves onto this record! Just like their friends Galahad (who have been crafting quality neo-prog for 29 years now), IQ has been unafraid of infusing little hints of synth electronica, a trait that has kept their respective recent releases fresh and enticing. The track again showcases Neil Durant's keyboard command, capable to do his Tony Banks thingy as well as a mean Thomas Dolby!

While we are at it, the lugubrious "Hardcore" does just that, incorporating tenser tendencies that swerve near neo-gothic horizons, something wholly Wagnerian but in a more prog context, injecting brooding rhythms and somber motifs , and need I to repeat myself , more of that unctuous Mellotron! This hazy piece seeks out some eerie spectral environments, daubing greyish halos on the grave and funereal accompaniment. Another brief Esau bass roulade introduces a shattering Holmes solo, very Hacketty and Ant Phillipsy, all emotion and restraint, finishing off with a long acoustic foray. Sublime!

I have always hoped for an album smothered in unending waves of my favorite progressive sound, the Choir Mellotron and truth be said, "Road to Bones" has enough to keep my bumps goose-ing! Incredibly orgasmic, the music presented here will undoubtedly provide many hours of future relaxation and high fidelity leisure. The production, the sound, the artwork and booklet are all of first rate quality, making this a necessary icon in the prog pantheon, 2014 has been now officially blessed with even more golden status.

Prog is in good hands as long as IQ provides the Guiding Light.

5 shadowy constituents


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars IQ can do no wrong, in fact when it comes to Neo-Prog they are at the top of the heap in my opinion with Fish-era MARILLION not far behind. That may be clear to me but there's a couple of things about this recording that aren't so obvious. First of all it isn't a concept album as many have thought, in fact the lyrics of the different songs on the first disc make that a no-brainer. The second issue is why put out a bonus disc of material when they could have just made it a double album? Well, the first proper disc does have the same sort of mood and vibe throughout which I do prefer to the mixture of styles like on the bonus disc, but most fans are saying they like the bonus material better than the proper album. This reminds me of when MARILLION released "Marbles" with a bonus disc of material which included "Ocean Cloud" which many feel is one of the best MARILLION songs ever. Since then I believe(perhaps wrongly) that "Marbles" is really considered a double album now by the band and fans alike. So will this eventually happen with "The Road Of Bones" ?

"From The Outside In" opens with some incredible atmosphere and a sample of someone speaking from a movie before this urgent rhythm kicks in with vocals. Love the mellotron swells that come and go. How about the Banks- like organ 6 minutes in. The bass, drums and waves of mellotron are great, in fact these are the highlights of the whole album for me. "The Road Of Bones" is a song about a serial killer spoken in the first person. Again like the first track we start with atmosphere but this time sparse piano joins in followed by almost spoken vocals. It's all laid back here until things pick up 2 1/2 minutes in as the drums and bass kick in. The vocals become more urgent. Check out the vibes or xylophone that comes and goes on this one, they remind me of the eighties for some reason. I like them. It turns quite powerful 6 minutes in. Great section!

"Without Walls" is the epic at over 19 minutes. A pleasant piano melody to start. Very chilled music right here as reserved vocals join in. A change 3 minutes in then it kicks into gear. Nice guitar work here and I like the organ that pulsates. Great section 6 minutes in as Peter sings with passion. A dark and haunting instrumental piece follows 7 1/2 minutes in. Very cool. It kicks back in before 10 1/2 minutes. Catchy stuff. It climaxes 13 1/2 minutes in, then settles back with synths before 15 minutes. Vocals are back. Mellotron and synths join in as it slowly winds down. "Ocean" is mellow with relaxed vocals but things get fuller on the chorus. Themes are repeated as it seems to build. I do love that chorus. "Until The End" takes about 3 minutes before we get a fuller sound. Nasty organ after 5 1/2 minutes. An epic section is followed by a relaxed piece of piano and acoustic guitar. Reserved vocals join in to end it.

I'll touch briefly on the bonus disc. "Knucklehead" is the heaviest tune on here and the mellotron is fantastic! "1312 Overture" begins and ends with orchestral music but for me it's the music in between that satisfies the most. Lots of intensity and mellotron. "Constellations" might be the best track overall. Check out the drumming and mellotron early on. It makes me feel alive. It ends like it began. Just wow! "Fall And Rise" has some interesting sounds like banjo(I think) and other intricate sounds. A beautiful tune. "Ten Million Demons" is one I loved from the start. Heavy with mellotron and quite catchy. This has such a good mid-tempo groove to it. "Hardcore" is my least favourite tune on here but it's still a really good one.

So I would rate this above their previous album "Frequency" but below "Dark Matter". This really is a grower for me and if it continues i'd give it 4.5 stars but for now a very solid 4 stars. Highlights are the bass, drums and mellotron.


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 The Road Of Bones by IQ album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.46 | 419 ratings

The Road Of Bones
IQ Neo-Prog

Review by thatgirlfox

5 stars I'm still fairly new to Prog Rock in the grand scheme of things; but I'm not new to powerful music with depth. At nearly 20minutes, Without Walls is enough for me to confidently call the album as a whole a masterpiece. It's written so very well that from the first chord to the closing notes; you're barely aware of the time having passed.

It's clearly a dark concept album and the masterful craftsmanship is unfaltering. It's heavier than previous IQ albums and I think it's timed perfectly with their back catalogue as it stands. I'd recommend it to anyone that is new to prog rock but has roots in rock/metal.


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