Type: CD Company: The End Release: 2005 Genre: Heavy/Extreme Reviewer: Jason Murray Published: 1/12/2006
Experience the brevity and darker subtlties of existence
Antimatter - Planetary Confinement - 2005 - The End
01 planetary confinement 02 the weight of the world 03 line of fire 04 epitaph 05 mr. white (Trouble cover) 06 a portrait of the young man as an artist 07 relapse 08 legions 09 eternity part 24
It takes some restraint on my behalf to keep from gushing praise for this album so I will do my best to be objective. The starkness of the compositions on this release are a prominent feature throughout most of this album and anyone with a serious bout of depression take heed-stay away. For the rest of us, this is a thouroughly relaxing set of ambient, acoustic filled songs. While some bands seem to hide behind their gear, exchanging talent at composition for overblown effects, Antimatter lay their souls bare. Each piece is stark and stripped down with the music doing all the work. Expect acoustic driven songs on each track that do not go over the top but rather take you close to the bottom. These tracks are meant to slow down the pace of your life and give you a clearer picture of what it is like to truly experience the brevity and darker subtlties of existence.
The tracks on this album are fairly evenly split between the immeasurable talents of Duncan Patterson and Mick Moss. Each brings a unique slant to the music that is presented and overall the album is strengthened from the synergistic blend of these two talented individuals. This album was recorded in three separate locations, in England, France, and Ireland but the cohesiveness does not suffer in the least. To me, the entire spectrum of human emotion has much to teach us and Antimatter are here to present us with a study in the sadder side of things as well as a good dose of empathy. This album is perfect for those times when you long for the bittersweet memories of times past and those remembered. I believe that the role of music is to make us feel, not necessarily happiness, but true emotion, and that is one accomplishment that Antimatter can be proud of.
As a post script, it seems that Duncan Patterson has left Antimatter in the capable hands of Mick Moss for now. I'm sure that the vision of Antimatter will no doubt grow and evolve in new directions as my own musical tastes continue to do. Can't wait for album number four!
--Jason Murray 01.12.06
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