Antimatter
Planetary Confinement


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gmork89 USER (4 Reviews)
July 16th, 2010 | 25 replies | 8,946 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Planetary Confinement, Antimatter give a lesson in depressing atmospherics that shouldn't be missed.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Antimatter is a band I wasn’t very familiar with until fairly recently. I knew that they were a duo and I had heard many great things about them, mainly in the vein of, “most depressing band in the world”. That was hard to believe at first, considering I have heard some albums that would definitely make kicking that chair out from under yourself a little easier. I was surprised upon first listen by this band, I wouldn’t call it the most depressing thing I have heard necessarily, but it is definitely up there. This album, featuring almost all acoustic guitar playing, isn’t something to listen to down by the river on a bright sunny day, it’s an album that can really hit the spot when feeling worse than you'd prefer.


This album isn’t necessarily as consistent as it is just “good”. It has some really good tracks, but it also has some repetitive, less than interesting ones. This band has a tendency to really draw things out at a very slow pace, so if the song isn’t interesting to begin with, having it slow and repetitive doesn’t help its cause. Fortunately, when these guys manage to get a good song going, it can really take you away. Let’s look at “Line of Fire” for example; it’s probably the best track on the album, and features very good female vocals. It has a very serious, end of the world feeling to it. It seems to be about a relationship gone bad, but in a way more serious light than most bands put similar subject matter. This song plods along acoustically through most of its 6:26 running time until the drums quietly come in, building themselves up for a tribal sounding, thunderous conclusion. A standout track to say the least, and probably my favorite song on the album.


“Weight of the World”, “Epitaph” and “A Portrait of a Yong Man as an Artist”, are also standout tracks. Weight of the world features what sounds like a cello following the beautiful acoustic arrangement. When the drums finally come in about half way through the song, you are treated to one of the highlights of the album. Epitaph follows a similar structure, and if there is a song on here where the beauty of it outweighs the depression, it’s this one. “A Portrait of a young Man as an Artist” seems to be fairly repetitive in its nature all the way up until the bridge, which is amazing. A second acoustic comes in and plays a beautiful folk part that almost crosses into the realm of Bluegrass at points, subtle, but very engaging and atmospheric.


Unfortunately the second half of the album drags on quite a bit, mainly because a lot of the chord progressions sound very similar to the first half. Relapse has the same basic acoustic piece that plays through the whole song, there are no surprises and it sounds a lot like the other songs on the album, the female vocals help it a bit though, as they are very well done. Also, the rhythm at which the lyrics are delivered is actually pretty cool, and saves this song from being terrible. “Mr. White”, which is a cover from Doom Metal band Trouble, tends to drag and just isn’t interesting overall. I felt that the chorus of the song just didn’t work in their style. “Legions” isn’t necessarily a bad song by any means, it’s just that up until this point you have already heard everything that will be done in this song. It also suffers from being overly long, clocking in at 7:22, although the emotional ending is worth sticking around for.


“Planetary Confinement” (track one), and “Eternity Part 24” (the final track), are also a bit pointless in their execution, and failed attempts at creating atmosphere. The first track is strictly piano, something I would have no problem with if it were more engaging. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do anything interesting and doesn’t really come across as sad or beautiful. The last track starts out promising enough, with a decent acoustic piece being softly played. Then in the blink of an eye, it all drops off and an electronic section comes in and we get that for around 7 minutes. It was a terrible way to end the album and really didn’t add anything to it in my opinion.


Planetary Confinement is definitely an album to check out, it has very strong moments that are very much worth your time, and when it is strong, it is very strong. It can also be quite repetitive though, so it’s better in smaller doses. It’s also sad that the powerful, depressing atmosphere is sometimes ruined by the duos attempt at creating atmosphere, oddly enough. But if you’re ever looking at an empty bottle of Jack Daniels and the barrel of a .357… this would make great background music.


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Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second review for me, a bit tougher than my first.

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Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, no use pushing ourselves and risk popping out shitty reviews right?

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a very good review and I'm going to pos, but it really seems like you feel that this is a little less than excellent (the rating you gave it).

I actually do think it's excellent and think their cover of Mr. White is great. It's like Anathema's cover of Bad Religion's "Better Off Dead", it's supposed to take the song in a whole new direction while staying true to the feel of the lyrics. I will agree that some of it sounds a bit samey, and that's where their first two releases shine over this one.

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Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a very hard time picking a rating for this one Willie. I was going to give it 3.5 but after listening to it a couple of more times I didn't feel like that would do it justice. I kind of knew there would be a problem about my rating not matching up to the review. And Mr. White just didn't impress me at all, it wasn't bad, probably not weakest track status, that was a bit of an over exaggeration probably. Thanks for the Pos/criticism though. The first and last tracks are probably weakest.

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No problem. Have you ever listened to their first two releases?

Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I fixed the part about Mr. White, it's definitely better than the first and last songs. And this is the only album I have heard by them, their earlier ones are better?

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one has better song writing and stronger songs, but the other two are more diverse and a bit darker too.

Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will have to check them out then, thanks. It doesn't seem like very many people know about these guys on Sputnik, or anywhere for that matter.

Willie
Moderator
July 16th 2010



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's true. I wrote a review for their newest one, but I posted it at a time when the site was going down every day and so almost no one actually saw it. You'd think that people would check these guys out because of their connection to Anathema... but no.

Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya, that's actually how I found out about them. I was surprised when I came on here to check them out and there was only 1 review. It's a shame, they are a really good band from what I have heard.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



30893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, the amount of ratings these guys have accumulated on Sputnik is kind of sad. In saying that, i'm not the biggest fan of this album, review's great though

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Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you deviant, appreciate it.

fromtheinside
July 16th 2010



17714 Comments


antimatter have always been too depressing for me.

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Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can see how you would feel like that, they are pretty depressing.

Captain North
July 16th 2010



6779 Comments


Two songs named after record labels aye.

Apollo
July 19th 2010



10266 Comments


great review man, I still have to check this band out as it sounds like something I would like. Love the last sentence too. The only thing you might want to change is:

"But if you’re ever looking at an empty bottle of Jack Daniels and the barrel of a .357"

Gmork89
July 19th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya "Barrel of 357" sounds pretty stupid, thanks for catching that for me, I didn't even notice it haha.

Apollo
July 19th 2010



10266 Comments


no worries ;) Good to see someone else who writes reviews for albums which don't already have one. All 3 of mine did not have pre-existing reviews.

Gmork89
July 19th 2010



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya I think I prefer writing them when they don't already have one, I'm going to try and do more of them. Though it's hard to find albums without reviews sometimes, that I want to hear anyway.

cb123
October 17th 2012



1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think this is my favourite antimatter album



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