To promote the release of ANTIMATTER‘s new record, Fear of a Unique Identity, the band’s label, Prophecy Productions, has posted the record online for streaming.
It can be obtained in four different physical editions from common record retailers and Prophecy Productions‘s online shop:
– Jewelcase CD with 8-page booklet and no extras (9.99 Euro incl. worldwide shipping)
– Digipak CD with extended 16-page booklet and two bonus tracks (14.99 Euro incl. worldwide shipping)
– Ltd. Artbook 2CD/DVD (28x28cm hardcover book, 48 pages) with 6-track bonus CD and DVD with “Uniformed & Black” music video; ltd. 1.000 (38.99 Euro incl. worldwide shipping)
– Ltd. gatefold LP (heavy 180g vinyl) with poster and PVC protection sleeve; ltd. 500 (19.99 Euro incl. worldwide shipping)
Music is such a powerful form of expression, one that can blow your mind and speak to the soul. ANTIMATTER is one such band that operates at the deepest levels. It’s a given that the band’s releases have all been winners and this anniversary compilation is no different. Band mastermind Mick Moss combed through the archives to include demos, alternative versions, live versions, and remixes of the band’s music pre-Leaving Eden, many of which include the work of former bandmate, Duncan Patterson. Even their excellent cover of DEAD CAN DANCE‘s “Black Sun” made it and is the compilation’s opening track. Alternative Matter traverses the sonic palette of the band, which includes acoustic guitar/bass, female vocals, male vocals, synthesizers/programming, and violins. The songs are just as sublime, melancholic, and atmospheric as they always were.
Though ANTIMATTER fans have heard most of these songs in their original or live forms, they somehow stay fresh and vibrant in their alternate forms here. When it comes down to it, that is really a compliment to the quality of the songwriting. There are no stand out tracks as they are all fantastic. Fans will each have their favorites. With 22 tracks on the digipack double CD version, there is more than enough content to enjoy for quite some time. The premium artbook version has more than 100 pages, three CDs and one DVD. Wow.
Due to Alternative Matter‘s career spanning content, it is a great representation of ANTIMATTER‘s earlier years. Thus, a fine compilation for old and new fans of the band that will leave a lasting impression. It is also celebration of one of the underground’s best and criminally underrated bands. (Prophecy Productions)
Time marches on as Mick Moss (vocals/guitar) powers ANTIMATTER‘s first album without its other founding member in Duncan Patterson. And Moss admirably and impressively creates the band’s best album to date. Leaving Eden is a collection of sweeping tides of emotional atmospheres. The soulful yet melancholic feel is undeniably potent and leaves quite an impression. Much of the songs take on a more rock-ish feel this time around with a healthy dosage of electric guitars, and less minimalist elements of the past. However, ANTIMATTER‘s trademark acoustic guitars are ever present. Moss has also employed a full band, which most notably includes ANATHEMA‘s Danny Cavanagh on guitars, piano, and vocals. Cavanagh‘s contributions play an integral part on the album’s success as his piano and lead guitar work help to take the songs to new levels. Songs such as “Redemption,” “Another Face in the Window,” and “Freakshow” are some of the heaviest songs that the band have ever written. ANTIMATTER aim to achieve PINK FLOYD-level heights of emotion and atmosphere and they certainly come as close as one can get. There are also plenty of acoustic guitar-based songs that are perfectly complemented by violins, bass, and drums. At the end of the day, Mick Moss is the star of Leaving Eden as his warm, soulful vocals are as good as it gets. Without a doubt, Leaving Eden is ANTIMATTER‘s most accomplished and profound work to date. Definitely a candidate for one of the year’s top releases. (Prophecy Productions)