Antimatter
Leaving Eden


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
July 7th, 2008 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most depressing band in the world?

Antimatter have been referred to as the most depressing band in the world, and while I don’t know if that is true I can safely say that if they’re not at the top of that list then they’re at least close. This honorary title might come as less of a surprise to those that already knew that Duncan Patterson (ex-Anathema) made up half the duo known as Antimatter and that other people connected to Anathema routinely had guest appearances as well. If you’ve noticed I’m referring to Duncan Patterson in the past tense it is because after the release of their third album, Planetary Confinement, he left in order to focus on other projects which left Mick Moss alone to handle all of the song writing duties. When 50% of a writing team leaves it is pretty safe to assume that things are going to change, and they did.

In the past there was always an electronic element present and even a large trip-hop influence on their first two albums, but that is entirely gone here. Instead we get mellow acoustic-based rock that takes elements of Pink Floyd and metal (not far removed from mid-era Anathema) and injects an overwhelming sense of hopelessness into the mix. That basic setup is complimented by subtle violins and keyboards which are interspersed with moments of distorted guitar outbursts. Another element that has been removed entirely is the use of female vocals which used to serve as a nice change from the songs that Mick Moss sang on. The loss of these elements have unfortunately hurt the overall effectiveness of the album because it just starts to feel monotonous and redundant by the end when it is forced to make due with what little it still has to work with.

It should be made clear that when taken individually the songs are great, it is only when taken as a total package that things begin to become repetitive. It may be for that exact reason that opening track, “Redemption”, is the best song on the album because as an opener its elements still sound fresh and new. “Redemption” is just as I described the entire album earlier, utilizing acoustic guitars and subtle keyboards to create a morose atmosphere, and later dropping a few distorted riffs to compliment the floyd-ish guitar solo; standard operating procedure for this album. The element I haven’t got to yet is the vocals of Mick Moss whose voice is one of the main things that sets this band apart and contributes heavily to the depressing nature of the music.

Mick’s voice sticks to a low-to-mid register that just overflows with negative emotion. In fact, I’d say that he is able to convey emotion through his vocals better then almost anyone I’ve heard and is a large factor in making the songs as powerful as they are. Another great element of his vocal style is that he sings the whole time; there aren’t any screams or growls at all, just beautifully depressed singing. The one negative I have about his vocals is that his range is limited, and although he never tries to move outside his natural ability it does lead to some of the monotony I spoke of earlier (which is why the loss of female vocals is a bigger deal).

I can’t say that I am entirely happy with this album due to the loss of what I considered key elements to their sound and the resulting repetitiveness that seems to plague this album as a result, but that doesn’t mean the songs themselves are not good. When taken three or four songs at a time this album is near-classic, but as a whole it leaves a lot to be desired. For those that are fans of the band it is still a no-brainer to pick this up and just listen to it in spurts, but for those that haven’t heard them I have other recommendations: For those that won’t mind the trip-hop and electronic influences mixed in with the elements described above then get Saviour, and for those that want something similar to this album but with more variation then check out Planetary Confinement, and only after those two acquisitions should you check this out too.



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Willie
Moderator
July 7th 2008


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've had this review written for a few weeks and I'm still not entirely happy with it, but it's now getting to the point where changes seem to be making it worse and not better.This Message Edited On 07.07.08

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BallsToTheWall
November 30th 2008


44805 Comments


Wow, this got a lot of attention. Good work. I'll see what I can do to listen to this.

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Altmer
November 30th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need this.

Willie
Moderator
November 30th 2008


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, this got a lot of attention. Good work. I'll see what I can do to listen to this.
Yeah, I posted this during the worst part of the site outages when no one was really here.

khashayarx
August 10th 2009


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why nobody is checkin' this page out?
Agree with the review! It's a great album for those who has got a kinda illness called " Prone To Be Depressed" like me!
I also agree that the guy can sing in a way that if heared half the planet would commit suicide! I just shot myself!

Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why nobody is checkin' this page out?
The site had a few weeks where it was almost always down and I posted this a few hours before that started. By the time the site was running smoothly again this was already off of the main page.

Glad someone knows who these guys are, though.

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2009


44805 Comments


Planetary Confinement is a solid album. This not so much. Dropping the past ideas including female vocals was a bad idea.

Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree. Hopefully they realize that diversity isn't a bad thing.

khashayarx
August 12th 2009


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Waiting for the next one. I really appreciate you checking the comments out. I guess i survived the shotgun wound! I don't have the skill to be neither Hemingway or Cobain.

Willie
Moderator
August 13th 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Have you listened to their previous albums? All of them are better than this one.

Gmork89
July 16th 2010


5560 Comments


Good review Willie, pos'd. I need to work my way through their whole catalog. Does this one sound more like Anathema that Planetary Confinement does?

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes, only because he started using electric guitars which gave the songs more peaks and valleys. On the other hand, there's no female vocals or electronics on this album (which were big parts of the first three albums). Of all the albums, this is the most repetitive.

Gmork89
July 16th 2010


5560 Comments


Ill have to check it out. It will be interesting to hear how these guys will sound with electric guitars considering PC was so subtle in everything it did.

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's still good, and any four songs in a row are fine but listening to the whole album at once is a chore because of the lack of variation.

Gmork89
July 16th 2010


5560 Comments


I think i will get lights out next.

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No, they're not that similar at all. Whereas Anathema has the occasional uplifting moments, this band is always depressing. Also, these guys use much more acoustic guitar and electronics than Anathema. The main comparison is that they used to share a member (Duncan Patterson). Despite not beiing very similar, the two bands should appeal to the same crowd.

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely Planetary Confinement.

This is is more similar to Anathema, but it's not the better album of the two.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2010


6337 Comments


i have the three previous Antimatter albums but not this one.

Should i check this out?

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Willie
Moderator
August 3rd 2010


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's nothing special. It has a lot more electric guitar parts than any of the other albums, but the songs all kind of blend together without all of the band's previous influences incuded.

Altmer
October 31st 2010


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Willie you are a failure. This album is amazing. Especially the solo on Redemption.

I bow.



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