IQ announce new album title and reveal artwork

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Long-standing UK prog rockers IQ have announced their new album.

Resistance will be released through GEP this September. It;'s been produc ed bu guitarist Mike Holmes and engineered by Rob Aubrey. The follow-up to 2014's The Road Of Bones will be released as a 2CD set, with the additional disc "featuring tracks that didn’t quite fit the atmosphere of disc one". You can see Tony Lythgoe's new artwork below.

“This has been an interesting album to work on - years of talking about it and putting down all the different ideas in demo form, and then a frantic period of trying to finish it for the scheduled release date," Holmes tells Prog. "It would have been quite easy to put out ‘The Road of Bones Part 2’ but it felt a bit different this time and we just let the music dictate to us the kind of album it should be.

"Again we had so much stuff kicking around when we were putting the running order together that we decided to do a second disc with the tunes that didn’t quite gel with the atmosphere of disc one. We did this before with The Road Of Bones and it proved to be really popular. We’re now coming round to thinking that the material on disc two is so strong that we should maybe make it an official double album. I have to say its quite liberating writing for an extended release - the extra time allows you to give the music room to breath and evolve which feels more organic, at least in my head it does. As a result there’s two 20 minute tracks on the second disc…”

IQ will play a special Resistance warm-up show at London's Islington Assembly Hall on September 7. Tickets are priced from £27.50 and are available here.

The full tracklisting for Resistance is:

Disc 1

A Missile
Stay Down
A Shallow Bay
If Anything
For Another Lifetime

Disc 2

The Great Spirit Way
Fire And Security
Perfect Space


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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.