Antimatter - _Leaving Eden_
(Prophecy Productions, 2007)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8.5 out of 10)
With Mick Moss now left as the sole member of Antimatter following the departure of Duncan Patterson (who is now concentrated on his own project Íon), _Leaving Eden_ is an album that might hold the key to the future of this project. Although I had initially been drawn to Antimatter with the purpose of finding out what ex-Anathema bassist Patterson was doing, it turned out that it was the songs penned by Moss that captured my interest and made me enjoy their previous album, _Planetary Confinement_. Patterson's debut solo effort with Íon, meanwhile, struck me as only pleasant but not very captivating. I therefore picked up this new Antimatter record with considerable enthusiasm.

Of the four guests Moss has with him on this record, one name is bound to draw most of the attention: Danny Cavanagh, of Anathema fame, helps out with lead electric guitar (and also piano on one track). Moss does all the vocals and acoustic guitar, with three other guests on violin, bass guitar and percussion. The songs tend to incorporate both acoustic and predominantly electric guitar led passages, and these are usually meshed together very well. The songs follow their course with great character, rather than sounding like they were built with the purpose of getting a certain chorus across, for instance.

The nine songs on offer are unfailingly good; the one thing that prevents me from giving the album a 9 out of 10 is its difficulty to reach quite the level of brilliance found on "The Weight of the World" and "Epitaph" from _Planetary Confinement_, even though it has some really outstanding moments of its own. Having said that, this is an excellent album that I've enjoyed more than anything Anathema have put out in quite a few years. Moss's Antimatter seems to have a very bright future ahead.


(article published 23/6/2007)

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