Antimatter is first and foremost the brainchild of Liverpool-based singer/guitarist Mick Moss. In the past, Duncan Patterson (ex Anathema, Alternative 4) and Danny Cavanagh (Anathema) were involved with the project as well. Under the Antimatter moniker, Moss released four studio albums to date. “Fear Of A Unique Identity” is the title of the fifth Antimatter album. Let’s take a closer look.
In the early Antimatter years, the emphasis lays mainly on acoustic guitars, ambient passages and electronic effects, but with each subsequent release rock influences (read guitar) became stronger. “Fear Of A Unique Identity” is first and foremost a guitar-driven record, but without losing Antimatter’s fine tuned feel for gloomy misery. For the uninitiated, try to imagine Anathema’s most melancholic moments on “Judgement”, “A Fine Day To Exit” and “A Natural Disaster” but with a better developed feel for songwriting and a more powerful vocal delivery and you’ll have a good idea what “Fear Of A Unique Identity” has to offer.
The overall attractiveness of this album can be attributed to many factors. Mick Moss’ impeccable feel for memorable songs is one of them. From brooding rock oriented tracks like “Paranova”, “Monochromatic”and “Uniformed And Black” to the psychedelic overtones of “Firewalking” and bitter sweet misery portrayed in “A Place In The Sun” and the title track. Moss isn’t afraid to fiddle around with electronic effects either, although they’re mostly used to invoke and strengthen a certain atmosphere and Antimatter wouldn’t be Antimatter without acoustic guitar playing and tasteful use of a string section either. Another highlight are the vocals by Vic Anderson, especially when she harmonises with Moss. This is especially striking on the aforementioned “Paranova” and “Here Come The Men”.
“Fear Of A Unique Identity” by Mick Moss/Antimatter is a hauntingly beautiful album with some of the most heartfelt and sorrowful songs I’ve heard in a very long time. Heartily recommended for everyone with a penchant for high quality melancholic music. Simply stunning and arguably better than Anathema’s “Weather Systems”. Enough said!