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IT (pronounced it not I.T.) was formed in 1994 by Nick Jackson as a psychedelic and multi-media band based in both London, England and Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. The band released it first full-length album, "The Stranger Inside the Self" the same year. At this point, IT was purely Nick Jackson's vehicle as he was the only full member of the band. Guest musicians were used to provide additional instrumentation for the album. During IT's live shows promoting the album, the band began to use multi-media techniques, such as playing short films behind the band on stage. IT's second album, "Two Worlds" was released early the following year. For this album, the band was expanded to include accoustic guitarist James Johnson and bassist/guitarist Andy Jackson. The band also appeared on the James Whale TV Show, a show which promoted new bands.

After the release of their second album, Nick Jackson took some time to build his own studio called Spacehouse Studios between 1996 and 1998 and every subsequent IT album has been recorded there. The band ended their recording hiatus in 2002 with the release of the band's third album, a concept album titled "Over & Out". For "Over & Out" the band was joined by drummer Damian Kenley. During live promotion for this album, where the band toured both England and Canada, the band played the album in its entirety accompanied by projected visual montages created by Nick Jackson.

Near the end of the tour promoting "Over & Out", guitarist James Johnson left the band in order to get married and begin family life, and Andy Jackson left the band as well. They were replaced by Andy Rowberry, on lead guitar, and James Dunn on bass guitar. The addition of keyboardist Rob Archibald and drummer Alex Inglis rounded out the lineup for their new lineup. In 2008, IT signed to Sonic Vista Music and released their fourth album, "Departure" on that label in 2009. The release of the album combined the CD with a DVD, the bands first, which included two videos, a documentary and several live tracks. Several guests appeared on the album from several diverse genres, including bluegrass and heavy metal. A European tour to promote "Departure" is currently in the works.

Citing influences such as PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, OPETH, THE CURE and NINE INCH NAILS, the band combines progressive rock along with several other influences, including country, heavy metal, hard rock and pop. The band currently consists of Nick Jack...
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3.65 | 17 ratings
The Stranger Inside The Self
1994
3.64 | 14 ratings
Two Worlds
1995
3.67 | 18 ratings
Over & Out
2002
3.99 | 42 ratings
Departure
2009
3.94 | 47 ratings
We're All In This Together
2017

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution
2016
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Working Man
2017

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 We're All In This Together by IT album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.94 | 47 ratings

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We're All In This Together
IT Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Who said that Neo-Prog could not be a used to make a deep reflection of nowadays problems?

With this album It have managed not only to create an excellent prog-rock album, they also speak about the complex political situation that we are experimenting the last years. Maybe they are being a bit too ambitious (or ingenious) if they are waiting for a real people's revolution. But it's a wonderful concept for an album anyway.

To develop this concept, they use a pristine and crystal clear production. It's obvious that they spent a lot of time not only composing the songs, but also in recording them to achieve the best possible sound. And I have the say that the album sounds fantastic, detailed and deep. Sometimes even a bit over-produced! But I'm OK with that.

Power starts the album wonderfully, with a powerful bass and a obscure and dramatic vocal interpretation. The guitars sounds great and there is a constant layer of keyboards (even mellotron), which deeply reminds me to Arena, specially the Rob Sowden's albums.

Born Into Debt contains a rather negative lyrics and it's a fine slow tempo song with good melodies. But it's a bit anodyne anyway and also very Arena resembling. And even more Arena is The Working Man, specially in the chorus and the guitar sound. They try to hide it with different effects, but the result is that the track sounds over-produced.

Last Chance has fine acoustic verses and a chorus where we can hear a slide guitar and mellotron. The solo brings automatically John Mitchell to mind... Again. But it's a correct song anyway. But surprisingly, the album gets better with Gamble the Dream, maybe the hardest moment of the album, great riffs and another good chorus. A very funny and fast song!

But wait, Voices is even better! The song starts with synthesised vocals and good keyboards, and here we can really hear the true character of the band. The Arena and IQ influences are not so obvious this time and after the third minute the band was able to compose a wonderful section which remembers me to the best musicals, containing wonderful choirs and melodies.

And The Path of Least Resistance is another hit of this album. With the Arena influenced surprisingly turned down, the beginning of the song follows the good path and style of Voices, but after that the tracks derives in darker vocal melodies and good instrumental passages till the moment 7'20'', when a great riff in the vein of Porcupine Tree starts till the end of the most progressive song of the album. And maybe the best!

House shows the influence of Steve Hogarth's Marillion, with strong bass playing and another catchy chorus. Modern Neo-Prog at its finest! Down the Hatch remembers me to Pink Floyd in the first seconds of the song, but soon a original dark melody appears with almost robotic vocals. After a mysterious instrumental interlude we can hear another great riff with strong bass and rough vocals. And at this moments it's obvious that despite their influences, this band has it's own personality.

Revolution starts with a bass which remembers me to Dream Theater. And that's not an accident, because the song has a riff in the verses that it's almost progressive metal. The chorus and instrumental interlude are more conventional, but they bring the album to and end in a rather appropriate way.

Conclusion: We're All in this Together is not the typical Neo-Prog album. Despite the strong Arena, IQ and Marillion influences the band is able to achieve its own personality, especially in the second half of the album. The result is a very funny, surprising album with a fine dark tone and strong musicianship, highlighting the good Jackson's vocals, great guitar riffs and strong bass.

In addition, the lyrics of the album are a rare gem, talking about social matter in a rather realistic and cool way. Just excellent!

Best Tracks: Power, Gamble the Dream, Voices, The Path of Least Resistance, Revolution.

My Rating: ****

 We're All In This Together by IT album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.94 | 47 ratings

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We're All In This Together
IT Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
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4 stars Urgency greets the listener with IT's new album "We Are All in this Together", a sense of current desperation that is infused into the brash tracks, taking neo-prog to a much raunchier level than one might expect. Led by multi- instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Nick Jackson, this talented crew also includes co-producer Andy Rowberry on guitars and keys, a tight rhythm section of bassist James Hawkins and drummer Will Chism, as well as keyboardist and sax player Ryan McCaffrey. Toss in a slew of guests including the venerable Rupert Greenall of The Fixx fame and you get a tight album that has tremendous melodic warmth as well as loads of anger, frustration and genuine rage. The tracks are nevertheless smoothly thought out, packing a wide expanse in terms of musicality, but with a strong penchant for boundless vocal work from Nick as well as some tremendous choir and backing vocals. IT is definitely part of the modern version of new prog, contemporary themes wrapped in a tighter bundle, somewhat akin to bands line Deeexpus, Cairo, Touchstone, Final Conflict, Comedy of Errors, Drifting Sun etc?

The aptly titled Power" blasts ahead with a snivelling bass onslaught, garnished with sensationalist voice effects and a rough beat. Nick molests the microphone, spewing venom-drenched lyrics that illustrate the state of the world we live in. Tyrant rants, fake news, lies that lie beneath the veneer of self-loving truths, snarling tirades and jagged edged music are the details that make this progressive hurricane so appealing. Crunchy riffs that recall Porcupine Tree and Kyros, dabbed with slick synthesizer cascades that verge on techno (much like recent Galahad), the table certainly seems set for quite the prog ride.

Financial torpor is dealt with on "Born in Debt", a complex maze of increasing liability and tumbling quality of life that seems to be the norm, as the rich get wealthier and the masses get apathetic. Like a pleading sermon, the sequencer- laden piece segues rather brilliantly into the mesmerizing "the Working Man", a definite album highlight, a modern prog classic that owns all the marbles, with a magnificent chorus, whispering yet angry vocals and a slick arrangement that may conjure memories of Arena or Ayreon, in terms of melodic structure. This is what intelligent prog sounds like, a clever nugget that has appeal, worth and wealth, accessible yet brainy. And very contemporary! The wailing female voice (I am a total sucker for that!) is a massive highlight that transcends time and space.

Another timeless and whopping melody greets the listener on the equally appealing "Last Chance", a rather doomsday- like ballad that has meaning as well as proverbial bite. "Got nothing to lose, it goes on and on and on". The sheer quality of the piece says a lot about the continuing elevation of the neo/symph genre, as writing compelling music is not an easy a task, and adorning it with breathtaking pomp and ceremony simply takes this to a higher plane. "Together forever", Nick sneers!

Another bass-driven track is the punky "Gamble the Dream", a venom spewing affair that has an almost Stranglers?like drive, Nick belting out his rage with little respite or complacent modesty. Nasty, greasy and torrential. The Nine Inch Nails influence is front and center, adding some well-grounded angst to the proceedings, Nick even daring to growl. Short and hard. Love IT.

Throwing in some classic psychedelia on "Voices" gives this slower piece a strong Beatles-like feel, where dreamy, echo- laden pleading on the microphone elevates the track to a modern day rant against government and political confusion (Blair/Bush project), using a George Galloway speech to great effect (I do not agree with his self-serving pseudo-politics, which I find politically typical of hypocritical slicing dicing and outright lying). Music is great though!

How about a nice 11 minute epic to further the cause? "The Path of Least Resistance" stretches out their inspiration, incorporating a fine Floydian atmosphere of clanging and shimmering guitars, whispering voice and current affair commentaries. This is definitely the centerpiece monument, a towering arrangement that sets the scene and then glowingly wraps humongous melodies over the top, exhilarating in both depth and accessibility. Multi-faceted and constantly evolving, one musical step leads to another on the road to a clear destination, the brazen riffs come clambering out of the urban ghetto and Nick's heavily effected voice provides some much needed snarl and bite. A stupendous prog anthem that deserves a wide audience, rapturous applause and pumped fists!

If there would be a 'hit single' here, it would be "House", a finely chiseled jewel of a prog pop song, very near something The Fixx would create, with slashing West-Oram styled guitars and a Cy Curnin-like vocal performance that will astound the cognoscenti. I band I still adore, The Fixx often rode the fine line between 'alternative' and prog, to great studio effect and stunning live performance. You wear your influences well, I guess. The endlessly repeated title highlights the slick Rowberry guitar work, both rhythm flicks and lead licks. Crucify me! Wow! Rabid and quite pissed off, "Down the Hatch" infuses a vocally violent counteraction to the apathy that permeates the world, lyrics grabbing the jugular, forcing it 'down, down, down, down,"! Crisp, crunch, cringe and crave. Brutal. Dark. Defiant.

As an amateur historian, "Revolution" means a lot to me, having been victimized by one as a new-born, so I embarked on analyzing the concept throughout the ages. Dejectedly, some have succeeded only in regressing, instead of supplying the deliverance promised. It's a bold concept, mothered by societal frustration at being led by countless idiotic profiteers and hypocrites. Sadly, there is no such thing as a great leader, there is no such thing as a good human. The music offers pain, despair and anger. IT also shows understanding and the yearning for a better future. It's a revolution, an evolution in a primitive world.

Tremendous musical journey, full of sizzle and explosion. We are all in this together, indeed.

4.5 atoms

 Departure by IT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 42 ratings

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Departure
IT Neo-Prog

Review by The Doctor
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is an album I've been enjoying quite a lot lately. The album presents a rather dark and spacey atmosphere, at times mellow, at times much more aggressive. In fact, there are lots of different styles present on the album, but the album's coherence does not suffer for its diversity of styles. One can detect a bit of Floyd in places, a bit of Porcupine Tree here and there, some alternative influences and maybe the occasional Crimson. But the influences do not dominate most of the album.

"God Is Dead" and "Killing Me" are both good pop songs. Tight and catchy, but without losing any intelligence for it. Both songs have been stuck in my head since I started listening to the album, but I haven't grown tired of hearing the songs after several listens. The title track, sandwiched between the two pop songs, is a more spacey affair, starting off with some very nice guitar and keyboard work, followed by a mellow vocal passage and then some heavy rhythm guitar to end the song. While not epic in length, it is one of the more epic sounding tracks on the album and could have easily been the middle part of a much more lengthy track. A very enjoyable 4 and a half minutes. "Car Crash" has some good acoustic rhythm guitar and spacey lead guitar and keyboard work.

"Fighting for Freedom" is my favorite song off the album and seems to be a fusion of country and metal. That may seem an unlikely combination but it works. "Burn", a song in two parts, shows Jackson at his most cynical. The first part of the song also has a bit of a country flavor thanks to a banjo and pedal steel guitar. The second part is a "photoshopped" Bush speech over some rather interesting instrumental work. It's really too bad they put the Bush speech over the top, because the instrumental work is quite nice and Bush's speaking over it is a bit distracting. Next up is "Safe", the only song on the album I consider truly derivative as it sounds like it could easily have been an outtake from In Absentia or Deadwing. However, what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution.

Next up is the two-part "Standback", a love song that in parts, especially the vocal parts during the verses, reminds me of the early 80's. Some more very good acoustic and lead guitar work here, especially the guitar solo in part 2 of the song. The final song on the album proper is "Disappear" another laid-back song that is a bit reminiscent of Floyd in parts.

My version comes with a bonus DVD which includes a video for "Killing Me" and a documentary/interview with the band. Also included is a rather short (under 30 minutes) but highly enjoyable live document. Would really like to see a full-length DVD in the future. Finally, the DVD contains three bonus tracks. The bonus tracks have a bit of a different feel than the album proper, possibly because the band's bassist in Canada (Craig West) wrote and sang two of the songs. On these three songs the Floyd influence is much more readily apparent, although I still wouldn't classify them as derivative. All three songs have a very spacey, sort of floating quality to them with the keyboards seeming more up-front in the mix and some very Gilmour-esque lead guitar in parts. Although for some reason West's voice reminds me a bit of Michael Stipe, which gives his songs a bit of an REM feel vocally. Of the three bonus tracks my favorite track is probably the final one "Taking on Sand".

This album gets a solid four stars from me. They may not always have the prog quotient cranked up to 10 here and sometimes the speeches over the instrumental parts can be distracting, but it's intelligent and enjoyable music that stands up to repeated listenings and has enough progginess to sink your teeth into. And many of the songs will be stuck in your head in no time. This comes highly recommended.

 Departure by IT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 42 ratings

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Departure
IT Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Departure is the fourth production from this UK-based outfit, following 15 years after their debut.

And it's quite an interesting venture too. The compositions all have strong mainstream-oriented tinges to them - soulful energetic female backing vocals as on opener God Is Dead, catchy sing-along choruses on many tracks and a variety in sound too: From laid-back mellow Pink Floyd inspired passages to raunchy hard rocking explorations with organ adding that vintage dimension that has such a strong appeal amongst many fans of rock.

The songs are also somewhat quirky, especially in structure. The longest track on the album, Fighting for Freedom, is a good example of that. For the first four minutes we're served a blend of country and blues with some gospel elements thrown in for good measure, while the closing two minutes takes us on a hard rock romp much more straight forward in nature - completely contrastig the opening passages and themes.

Still: The mainstream-oriented are pushed to the forefront on this album, while the art rock dimensions are more subtle; more often than not a case of them being found only if someone is looking for them.

It's a well made album, and one that deserves to get a fair deal of attention. Opening number God I Dead and third track Killing Me are my picks on this production, if you like those tunes this is an album that you'd probably want to get.

 Departure by IT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 42 ratings

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Review by tribeca

4 stars Sneaking in under the radar are accomplished neo prog rockers IT. Here's the thing though, Prog rock was always incredibly interesting and intelligent but a little self indulgent if not pretentious. IT seem to have taken this onboard because their gritty and satirical themes don't leave any room for myths or fantasy. In Burn (part 2) they have managed to cut and paste a Bush speech with hilarious (but tellingly accurate) results. The Lyrics are intelligent, challenging and occasionally darkly humorous. Did i mention the music? Ahem well, as a prog rock fan i've been waiting for something like this to come along for ages. There are singles on here that should be getting decent airplay - God Is Dead and the 1st single Killing Me are two examples of how to make a commercially viable 4 minute song while at the same time not departing (no pun intended) from the feel and flow of the album. There are shades of Porcupine Tree and Floyd (Departure) and i also drooled over the Hackettesque guitar on Burn (part 2). You'll want to come back to the bluesy 'Fighting for Freedom' and the sublime 'Disappear' but to single out two tracks would be unfair as there isn't a dud on here. This is their 4th album and one i sought out after falling in love with the previous offering 'Over & Out'. IT have a sound whcih fuses the classic melodies of prog rock's past with a passion and intensity usually only found in punk or metal bands. If you're getting tired of the new wave of electro pop and indie plagiarism then this album is a recommended purchase. It also comes with a DVD featuring live footage and a documentary.
Thanks to the doctor for the artist addition.

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