This is my list of the 15 best Antimatter songs. Antimatter is an English band with a very dark sound, one of those bands that you instantly recommend to fans of Katatonia and Anathema. The material ranges from acoustic guitars to electronic darkwave, making it quite hard to compare songs from different eras. Below is my shot at it!
15. Killer (“The Judas Table”, 2015)
Unusually driving and rocking song by Antimatter standards. Combines the bitterness from the newer albums with hooks in a memorable way.
14. Line of Fire (“Planetary Confinement”, 2005)
Light acoustic guitars accompanied by female vocals. The polished “Planetary Confinement” production gives this song the perfect sound for its style.
13. Holocaust (“Saviour”, 2002)
I have a major sweetspot for Antimatter’s early electronic pieces, and “Holocaust” is one of the best. Very ominous mood.
Antimatter full-length discography
- Saviour, 2002
- Lights Out, 2003
- Planetary Confinement, 2005
- Leaving Eden, 2007
- Fear of a Unique Identity, 2012
- The Judas Table, 2015
12. Psalms (“Saviour”, 2002)
Similar to “Holocaust”, but not as immensely dark. I really like soft chorus line that is darkly catchy.
11. Relapse (“Planetary Confinement”, 2005)
Combines the “Planetary Confinement” acoustic style with electronics and female vocals slightly reminiscent of the electronic era of Antimatter. Not as nocturnal, but equally melancholic.
10. Expire (“Lights Out”, 2003)
Seductive and nocturnal track centered around repeating vocal mantras. One of Antimatter’s most trippy songs.
9. The Weight of the World (“Planetary Confinement”, 2005)
One of the first Antimatter songs I liked. Mercilessly sad Mick Moss vocals supported by excellent acoustic guitarwork. The moment Mick Moss went from an atmospheric vocalist to a fantastic lead vocalist.
8. Epitaph (“Planetary Confinement”, 2005)
Glorious light progressive instrumentation topped off by Mick’s voice. The almost indulgent sense of sorrow reminds of Opeth’s “Damnation” album, only a bit better.
7. Monochrome (“Fear of a Unique Identity”, 2012)
Perhaps lacking in emotional depth compared other Antimatter songs, but I still like the vocal melodies and themes a lot.
6. Lights Out (“Lights Out”, 2003)
From the opening horns and spoken section (“so you made it/shame you had to fake it”), this just a song with a very special mood. I can’t really imagine and other band coming up with this one.
5. The Art of a Soft Landing (“Lights Out”, 2003)
A heavier take on the nocturnal electronics that define much of early Antimatter. I really like the trip hop vibes and vocal tradeoffs. It transitions into electric guitars at the perfect time as well.
4. Black Eyed Man (“The Judas Table”, 2015)
Mick Moss only gets better and better as a lyricist, and this song surely proves that point. It’s on the point bitter against society and the musical themes fit perfectly.
3. Can of Worms (“The Judas Table”, 2015)
The chorus on this one is just massive; catchy and depressing as hell as the same time. It manages to rock quite hard by Antimatter and tell a story at the same time. Also displays Mick’s constant growth as a lyricist and vocalist very well.
2. Conspire (“Leaving Eden”, 2007)
One more great song from the acoustic side of Antimatter. Has the same Opeth – “Damnation” but better feeling as “Epitaph”.
1. Ghosts (“Leaving Eden”, 2007)
The acoustic guitars on this one is just out of this world gorgeous. Mick accompanies so well that it feels like an upgraded version of “Planetary Confinement”. Very depressing and beautiful song. The light crescendo with a guitar solo, added drums and powerful vocals only makes the song all the more perfect.
Soliloquium – Swedish doom metal
My band Soliloquium plays its own brand of progressive doom metal. It’s a mix of Katatonia’s death/doom style and clean vocal material.
The song above is called “Earthly Confine”. It’s quite influenced by Antimatter. Check it out!