What can one say about a band like Antimatter without running the risk of sounding repetitive? After all, we are dealing with a reality that, since its appearance on the scenes, has never missed a beat, producing a series of works of the highest average quality to which this Fear Of A Unique Identity is no exception, highlighting once again the talents of an extraordinary musician like Mick Moss. As many will know, the history of Antimatter has always been inextricably linked with that of Anathema, first because of the presence as a founding member of Duncan Patterson (now struggling with Alternative 4) then, after the latter’s exit, because of the collaboration with Danny Cavanagh, and even today, although for several years now it has become a creature of Mick’s exclusive purview, the band remains somewhat connected to the world of metal, certainly not because of the sounds expressed, but because of the appreciation it continues to receive in that sphere from more open-minded listeners. For this his latest release, the British musician has enlisted the collaboration of new bandmates, starting with the up-and-coming Vic Anselmo on female vocals and ending with drummer Colin Fromont and violinist David Hall. Fear Of A Unique Identity is an album that eschews banality right from the topics covered in the lyrics (which, as can be guessed from the title, refer to the progressive moral and spiritual depersonalization of the individual) while musically, even though a five-year period has passed since its release, it is the natural continuation of Leaving Eden, with its proposition of evocative and enveloping sounds, always imbued with that melancholic aftertaste, but perhaps more immediate than in the past. The underlying sadness that hovers in the songs certainly does not evoke the despairing scenarios of the more extreme forms of doom, but it is able to induce entirely similar emotions in the listener, thanks to Moss’s poetic sensibility. Gems such as Paranova, Monochrome, the title track and Here Come The Men lead us into a gray, dimly lit world, taken by the hand by Mick’s unique voice, while Uniformed and Black is the most eventful track of the lot and not by chance was chosen as the single, moreover accompanied by a video full of references to the album’s underlying theme. It only remains to add that Fear Of A Unique Identity is yet another gem in a discography that truly fears no comparisons, capable of bringing together fans of the most disparate musical tastes.

2012 – Prophecy Productions