(8/10) De Boerderij in Zoetermeer is a nice smaller venue, located close to Den Haag. The location is well known for superb concerts and it's especially prog bands stopping there for a show on a quite regular base.
Some bands recorded those concerts, leading to live releases later on. A band that played De Boerderij quite often is prog rockers IQ and the guys took the opportunity to capture one of their gigs - the one December 6th, 2014 to be precise.
The set started with a song that belongs to the very first ones from IQ. It's the brilliant "Awake and Nervous" that filled the venue. After such a trip back to the band's roots, time has come for some more current IQ music. The five-piece played the entire first disc of the "The Road of Bones" album, their latest studio longplayer. With "Ten Million Demons" there was also another song of the second record performed that night, a true highlight in the encore.
The rest of the concert included a variety of IQ classic, like "Outer Limits" from the "The Wake" album or "The Darkest Hour" from the 1993 longplayer "Ever".
The sound of this album is excellent. The nuanced music of IQ is perfectly captured, the audience enjoys big soundscapes and you can sense the enthusiasm of everybody being part of this evening.
I can only refer to the audio version of this release, but there is also a DVD/Blu-ray package available that includes a few more goodies for prog rock fans. Next to the Zoetermeer show the following special features are included too:
• ‘Until The End’ - video from the 2014 Lorelei festival
• ‘The Projections’ - just the projections used in the gig accompanied by the live audio
• ‘The Art of The Road of Bones’ - Peter Nicholls in conversation with Tony Lythgoe, graphic artist and designer of the striking album cover and logo for IQ’s recent album ‘The Road of Bones’
• ‘Photo Gallery’
All in all you get a well-done prog rock package that unveils, again, the beauty of this kind of music. It's a high quality package, from all angles.
- Awake And Nervous
- The Darkest Hour
- From The Outside In
- The Road Of Bones
- Without Walls
- Leap of Faith
- Until The End
- Outer Limits
- The Seventh House
- Ten Million Demons
- Widow’s Peak
Genre: Prog Rock
Release Date EU: January 20th, 2017