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IQ - The Seventh House FLAC album

Performer: IQ
Genre: Rock
Title: The Seventh House
Country: UK
Released: 2000
Style: Prog Rock
FLAC version ZIP size: 1702 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1227 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1959 mb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 562
Other Formats: MP3 XM RA MPC MP2 AA DMF

IQ - The seventh House. To be really honest, I am not a fan of neo prog music. The Seventh House is the longest song on this album, running at a total of 14:26. It begins with a nice 12 string guitar theme from Mike Holmes and some hammering piano chords from Orford. Around the 3rd minute, a guitar driven riff comes in that is similar to many past riffs IQ has written. In the end, the first half of the album is a mixture of mainly old IQ with some newer ideas that come full circle in Dark Matter. The second half of the album begins with Zero Hour. The intro bass and drum duet is countered with a nice piano chord progression.

The Seventh House Lyrics. On a bleak and solitary road They return To be where once they met One who comes to lay the past to rest Inside One who can't forget. Yesterday the heroes of the hour Who survived Those who fought and lost Standing at the moment of release They pause To count the dreadful cost. Cathedral that man created You're weighted down by a jealous sound Bewildered and dislocated Your soul deflated and gone to ground. Nobody, no final direction No way to connect in this heavier state The lives that we never remember Are heading us out to another mistake. It's with me, it's waiting for me As Heaven is calling us to our knees And there in the seventh house Lie the seventy-five figures such as these. I'm all out of random Sentenced by madmen Who have abandoned me What chance of survival? I've had an eyeful More than I cared to see.

The Seventh House came out almost four years after IQ's previous studio album, Subterranea. In light of this CD, it appears that the critically acclaimed 1997 concept album was the band's creative peak, which does not mean The Seventh House is weak. The general feeling of the album makes it closer to 1993's Ever. Peter Nicholls' theatrical voice gains in beauty with age. The playing is unsurprisingly tight, the musical approach firmly anchored in melodic progressive rock.

Band Name IQ. Album Name The Seventh House. Labels Virgin Records. Members owning this album15. 1. The Wrong Side Of Weird 1. 4. 3. The Seventh House 1. 5. Shooting Angels . 6. Guiding Light . 8. Other productions from IQ. The Road of Bones.

IQ's 'The Seventh House' took multiple listens to finally penetrate my thick skull. Why I was reluctant has more to do with a staid, subjective Prog Rock mind-set and not so much a more open minded and less subjective appreciation I have acquired since discovering this band. Peter Nicholl's voice continues to invite me to listen. Perhaps not their best album, but, it's very entertaining and therefore a welcome addition to my Progressive Rock library.

Is The Seventh House the best album by IQ? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. The Seventh House by IQ (2000) Overall rank: 23,660th. Accolades: Top albums of 2000 (489th). Top albums of the 2000s (6,031st). Best albums of all time (23,660th).

A mere 17 years since its 2000 release, IQ have finally been able to release their seventh album on double-disc gatefold vinyl. Back then, for a small label like GEP, it surely made sense to stick to the dominant format of CD. Now though, vinyl is back as an increasingly desirable, luxury format. And the result doesn’t half look good. If you’re a newcomer to this album, it may not be as conceptually stirring, or as long as its celebrated predecessor, 1997’s double album Subterranea, but musically, it’s a worthy successor, on which each of the band deliver powerful performances. Ebullient opening statement The Wrong Side Of Weird bursts into life via John Jowitt’s revving bassline and Peter Nicholls’ vocal ability to flit between the lost and lonely and menacingly malevolent. A searing guitar solo from Mike Holmes closes out Zero Hour and some beautifully Gilmourian reveries open the next track Shooting Angels.


1 The Wrong Side Of Weird 12:24
2 Erosion 5:44
3 The Seventh House 14:26
4 Zero Hour 7:11
5 Shooting Angels 7:22
6 Guiding Light 9:58

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed By – SPV GmbH – SPV 085 - 41442
  • Distributed By – Pinnacle
  • Distributed By – Suburban
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Giant Electric Pea
  • Copyright (c) – Giant Electric Pea
  • Recorded At – Nomansland
  • Recorded At – Worm Studios
  • Made By – Technicolor – D9317


  • Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – John Jowitt
  • Design, Art Direction – Tony Lythgoe
  • Drums, Percussion – Paul Cook
  • Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Andy McEvoy
  • Engineer, Mastered By – Rob Aubrey
  • Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Keyboards – Michael Holmes
  • Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Martin Orford
  • Lyrics By – Peter Nicholls
  • Producer – Michael Holmes
  • Producer [Pre-production] – Martin Orford
  • Saxophone – Tony Wright
  • Voice [Lead Voice], Backing Vocals – Peter Nicholls
  • Written-By, Arranged By – Jowitt*, Orford*, Holmes*, Cook*, Nicholls*


[Recording details]
Recorded at Nomansland, New Forest and Worm Studios, Darwen from August to December 2000

P & C GEP 2000

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5026297010282
  • Barcode (Text): 5 026297 010282
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): D9317 GEPCD 1028 04 1:0 Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L129
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2337
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): D9317 GEPCD 1028 04 1:0 Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L129
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 2341
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): D9317 GEPCD 1028 04 1:0 Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L129
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 2317
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): D9317 GEPCD 1028 04 1:0 Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 2007

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
GEPCD 1028 IQ The Seventh House ‎(CD, Album) Giant Electric Pea GEPCD 1028 UK 2000
GEPCD 1028 IQ The Seventh House ‎(CD, Album, RE) Giant Electric Pea GEPCD 1028 UK Unknown
GEPCD 1028 IQ The Seventh House ‎(CD, Album, RE, RP) Giant Electric Pea GEPCD 1028 UK 2017
GEPCD 1028 IQ The Seventh House ‎(CD, Album, RE) Giant Electric Pea GEPCD 1028 Europe Unknown
IOMACD 2101, 4144-2 IQ The Seventh House ‎(CD, Album, RE) Inside Out Music, Inside Out Music IOMACD 2101, 4144-2 Germany 2012