IQ - The Seventh House

Year of Release: 2001
Label: GEP
Catalog Number: GEPCD 128
Format: CD
Total Time: 56:44:00

Finally I can put my hands on the last effort by IQ, one of the oldest prog bands on the scene. I read about their upcoming release of a DVD and about the next work scheduled for autumn. So I thought to review The Seventh House

While many progressive rock groups are oriented toward a little different music from the usual standard (The Flower Kings toward fusion, Arena toward metal, Spock's Beard toward pop and so on), IQ's music is just prog. And what prog! I was very surprised listening to this album because it is great!

IQ play classic progressive rock which I believed no one was going to perform any longer.

The record is formed by six songs and there aren't any weak points on it. Catchy melodies, good riffs, great rhythmic parts make The Seventh House a new little masterpiece of the genre.

Another quality of this disc is the players' technical skills: Holmes produces some very involving solos, like those played in Steve Hackett's manner on "Erosion"; the bass lines by John Jowitt and Paul Cook's rhythms are worth the CD price. I've known Jowitt's style since his time in Arena, but every time I listen to his music, I think he's astonishing.

I'll wait for the new work with great curiosity, hoping the next one will be as marvelous as The Seventh House.

The Wrong Side Of Weird (12:24) / Erosion (5:44) / The Seventh House (14:23) / Zero Hour (6:58) / Shooting Angels (7:24) / Guiding Light (9:58)

Paul Cook - drums, percussion
Michael Holmes - guitars, guitar synthesizer, keyboards
John Jowitt - bass guitar, backing vocals
Peter Nicholls - all vocals
Martin Orford - keyboards, backing vocals

Tales From The Lush Attic (1983)
The Wake (1985)
Nine In A Pond Is Here (1985)
Living Proof (1986)
Nomzamo (1987)
Are You Sitting Comfortably? (1989)
J'ai Pollette D'arnu (1991)
Ever (1994)
Forever Live (1996)
Subterranea (1997)
Seven Stories Into 98 (1998)
The Lost Attic (1998)
Subterranea: The Concert (2000)
The Seventh House (2001)
The Archive Collection - IQ20 (2003)
Dark Matter (2004)
Frequency Tour CD 1 (2008)
Frequency Tour CD 2 (2008)
Frequency (2009)
The Wake: Live At De Boerderij (2010)
The Wake (Deluxe Edition) (2010)
Re:Mixed (2011)
The Archive Collection - IQ30 (2012)
Tales From The Lush Attic 2013 Remix (2013)
The Road Of Bones (2014)
Live On The Road Of Bones (2016)

Subterranea: The Concert Video (VHS) (2000)
Subterranea: The Concert DVD (DVD) (2002)
IQ20 - The Twentieth Anniversary Show (DVD) (2004)
Live From London (DVD) (2005)
Stage (DVD) (2006)
Forever Live (DVD) (2007)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: March 24th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
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Language: english


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