Antimatter- Unreleased 1998 - 2003 (Antimatter)
review by Derek Perduta

Track Listing

1. Angelic (demo)
2. The Art Of A Soft Landing (demo)
3. In Stone (acoustic)
4. Far Away (live)
5. Over Your Shoulder (demo)
6. Flowers (live)
7. Saviour (demo)
8. Holocaust (version)
9. Everything You Know Is Wrong (live)
10. Hope (live)
11. Dream (demo)
12. Feel (live)
13. Th Art Of A Soft Landing (acoustic)
14. Black Sun (live)
15. Nobody Home (live)
16. Lost Control (new version)

It's not everyday a band gives an album away. Sure the occasional free mp3 pops up on artist websites, but too often the annoying mp3 teaser clip is the case. Try this scenario: A full 16 tracks of high quality downloadable mp3's, free for all to take. Front and back artwork provided as well! Sound good? It'll sound even better when you actually listen to them.

For anyone not familiar with Antimatter, here's your chance to find a diamond in the rough. Their sound is culled from the two men that are Antimatter: Mick Moss and Duncan Patterson (ex-Anathema). Both men are talented musicians, sharing like instruments on their studio releases (2000's 'Savior' and 2003's 'Lights Out') with Mick handling vocals along with guests Michelle Richfield and Hayley Windsor. Danny Cavanagh of Anathema is known to pop in from time to time to lend his talents.

The band's roots are in the metal vein, as Duncan and his previous band created a few gems in the mid to late 90's ('Alternative 4' comes to mind). Yet Antimatter has sidestepped the traditional and chiseled their own niche in the ever dark realm of metal. Their studio releases, which are closer to a 'full band' sound compared to their live performances, are still musically sparse. They range from rich dreamy almost acoustic numbers, to more synthesized tracks that contain a heavy ambient undercurrent. There is always a dark atmosphere lurking behind the music, like a shadowy veil tossed over something pleasant and bright. Lyrically they are collections of sober tracks sure to lead to ones emotional destruction. The mood generated by Mick and Duncan's collective effort is breathtaking, and the composition of their music genuine. But I hope these guys are not that far down the road of despair for real!

Their latest release, 'Unreleased 1998 - 2003', is a collection of studio demos and acoustic live tracks, including some that did not make their acoustic 'Live @ K13' cd. The bulk of the work is Mick and Duncan's, but for good measure there is a spatter of old covers and classics: Pink Floyd's 'Nobody's Home', Dead Can Dance's 'Black Sun', Roy Harpers 'Hope' (Anathema also do a brilliant version of this) as well as a few Duncan-era Anathema tracks. The version of Anathema's 'Lost Control' here was specially recorded for this release.   These versions are solid, definitely deserving to see the light of day.

Antimatter's music is suited for the acoustic stage where emotion, lyric and music combine in what I think a magical union. The journey meant to be taken during each track clearly laid out, and vividly clear. This is an enjoyable collection of songs, giving yet another peek at the stark musical landscape that is Antimatter. I'm eagerly waiting for their 3rd studio release sometime next year.

All 16 tracks are free to download, including artwork, so you can't beat the price! You don't have an excuse not to check it out at the Antimatter official website!

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