This is my list of the 20 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 progressive rock and acoustic to electronic darkwave, making it quite hard to compare songs from different eras. Below is my shot at it!
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20. 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.
19. Wish I Was Here (“Black Market Enlightenment”, 2018)
“Black Market Enlightenment” hit me like a ton of bricks, quickly becoming my album of the year for 2018, as well as my favorite Antimatter album. “Wish I Was Here” is a mercilessly dark song that merges a few of Antimatter’s premiere music styles with fantastic lyrics.
18. 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.
17. 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
16. Psalms (“Saviour”, 2002)
Similar to “Holocaust”, but not as immensely dark. I really like soft chorus line that is darkly catchy.
15. 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.
14. Expire (“Lights Out”, 2003)
Seductive and nocturnal track centered around repeating vocal mantras. One of Antimatter’s most trippy songs.
13. Partners in Crime (“Black Market Enlightenment”, 2018)
From the opening electronics to the heavy bass lines, this song caught me right away and never let go. The addiction lyric concept on this song is amazing and thought-provoking, not to mention the big vocal hooks.
12. 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.
11. 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.
10. 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.
9. 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 trade-offs. It transitions into electric guitars at the perfect time as well.
8. 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 guitar work. The moment Mick Moss went from an atmospheric vocalist to a fantastic lead vocalist.
7. Existential (“Black Market Enlightenment”, 2018)
Another monster from “Black Market Enlightenment”. It manages to be both fierce and meditative at the same time, incorporating things from different eras of Antimatter and still sounding very fresh.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. Sanctification (“Black Market Enlightenment”, 2018)
Strange, meditative tune that really is the essence of the “Black Market Enlightenment” concept. Explodes in an almost sludge metal-like groove in the end that gets me every time. Incredibly powerful vocal performance too.
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. The Third Arm (“Black Market Enlightenment”, 2018)
The introduction to “Black Market Enlightenment” was a shocker for me. The video is some of the darkest material from Mick Moss yet, and the song is just perfectly crafted from the first to the last note.
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!
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