Antimatter: Fear Of A Unique Identity

Collection of sad songs for the new prog generation

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Given the increasing popularity of Katatonia and Anathema, Mick Moss may be beginning to wonder if his long-standing underdog status may just have been an extended precursor to untold glory.

Fear Of A Unique Identity could hardly sound more perfectly crafted to tap into contemporary rock and prog fans’ endless appetite for widescreen melancholy, and yet this is what Antimatter have specialised in all along. It certainly helps that these are among the finest songs Mick has ever written.

Opener Paranova is simply gorgeous, its brooding blend of shimmering guitars, sombre electronics and its author’s quietly anguished vocal wrestling vivid emotional blood from a monochrome sonic stone.

If art-rock legend David Sylvian had grown up listening to Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd instead of David Bowie then perhaps he would be writing enjoyably gruelling epics like Firewalking or tense ballads like Here Come The Men. But Mick is his own man and although rays of light seldom threaten to break through his black cloud, this is an absorbing and believable dark night of the soul.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.