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|ANTIMATTER – The Judas Table|
|Release:||October 9, 2015|
|Style:||Gothic Rock/Gothic Metal|
ANTIMATTER is a British rock band that uses elements of progressive rock, gothic rock, and trip hop to create a style that is not quite rock and not quite metal. It is the longtime project of British musician Mick Moss, who formed the project in 1997 with Duncan Patterson (former member of Anathema). Together they released three albums before Patterson left to form a new band. Moss continued the project and released two album called Leaving Eden in 2007 and Fear Of A Unique Identity in 2012. Recently, ANTIMATTER, released their sixth album, The Judas Table, in October of 2015. The album is a concept album that explores the ideas of bad energy that is left in the human psyche after falling in and out of relationships with toxic people, and the betrayal, lies, and manipulation that come with it. According to Moss, the idea for this album and the idea for their previous album came simultaneously after Leaving Eden, however musically this album is a continuation of the previous album, and this is obvious due to the high presence of electronic and new wave influences. The album starts with Black Eyed Man, a beautifully constructed song with a lot of emotion in the vocals, guitar playing, and strings playing in the background. Killer is a little bit more electronic focused than the previous song. Comrades is an acoustic focused song that is much more reminiscent to early ANTIMATTER albums, specifically Planetary Confinement. Stillborn Empires is a much more aggressive song that builds up towards the end and climaxes with beautiful and powerful female vocals. The rest of the album continues to show ANTIMATTER’s balance between the traits featured in the previous songs, while never getting boring, and never losing their cinematic edge. This album will go highly unnoticed, which is an absolute shame. Mick Moss and company put a lot of time and effort into this release, and the output is one of the best melancholic albums in recent memory.
Review originally posted on Nocturnal Hall Magazine. Link to the original can be found here.