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3.46 | 62 ratings | 4 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Saviour (3:05)
2. Holocaust (4:19)
3. Over Your Shoulder (4:38)
4. Psalms (3:40)
5. God Is Coming (5:27)
6. Angelic (4:32)
7. Flowers (5:10)
8. The Last Laugh (5:04)
9. Going Nowhere (8:33)

Total time 44:28

Bonus track on 2002 reissues:
10. Over Your Shoulder (acoustic version) * (3:40)

Extra bonus track on US 2002 reissue:
11. Flowers (acoustic version) * (4:32)

* Recorded at Lipa, Liverpool, November 1-5 2001.

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Moss / acoustic & electric guitars, bass, keyboards, lead (10) & backing vocals
- Duncan Patterson / bass, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, programming

- Michelle Richfield / vocals (1-4,6,8)
- Hayley "Mags" Windsor / vocals (5-7,9)
- Robert Magoolagan / lead guitar (9), co-producer
- Brian Moss / sampling
- Les Smith / sampling
- Danny Cavanagh / guitar & vocals (11)
- Jenny O'Connor / vocals (11)

Releases information

Artwork: Mark Kelson with Roger Osbourne (photo)

CD Icon Records ‎- 1067-2 (2001, UK)
CD Prophecy Productions - PRO 051 (2002, Germany)
CD The End Records - TE029 (2002, US) With 2 bonus tracks

LP Prophecy Productions ‎- Pro 051LP (2002, Germany) With a bonus track

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ANTIMATTER Saviour ratings distribution

(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Anathema bass player Duncan Patterson left the band after their first masterpiece Alternative 4. When he went on to start his own project Antimatter, fans must have been torn between desperation and hope. Patterson was known to be a big contributor to Anathema's sound and songwriting. So would they be able to continue without him? On the other hand, if everything went well, maybe the Antimatter project would just lead to another possible favourite?

I guess the answer to the first question is quite clear, Anathema continued as if Patterson never left and released two more masterpieces. But what about Antimatter? When their debut Saviour turned out to be an electronic pop record with a high trip-hop factor, I can only guess it was the last thing fans expected. And going by the number of ratings so far, it's probably the last thing they were waiting for.

Now, while the musical form is very different from Anathema's Alternative 4 and has absolutely nothing to do with prog rock (no matter how broad you define it), the mood and quality of the music is easily as excellent. With a battery of samples, electronics, trip-hop rhythms and two angelic female vocalists, Antimatter have crafted an outstanding collection of sad dreamy pop songs that should easily appeal to all fans of Massive Attack, Portishead or Cocteau Twins. It's not highly original but outstanding throughout.

There are many highlights to consider, but Psalms, Over Your Shoulders, Angelic and The Last Laugh are certainly worth checking out if you like melancholic quality pop with light gothic flavours and sensual vocals in the style of Tracey Thorn, Elisabeth Fraser or Beth Gibbons (need I mention the bands?).

There are some experimental songs as well, such as the cinematic epic God Is Coming. It's such an ominous and threatening piece that even I could be let to believe that God will actually be coming any day now. Also Going Nowhere goes a bit further then the straightforward verse-chorus songs around it. There's a brooding post-rock taste to it that comes close to the type of songs Antimatter would write for their second album.

Saviour is a unique and unexpected release from someone with Anathema credentials. It's the only album Antimatter would do in this style and my favourite release of theirs. While not highly original, I confess playing this almost as frequently as Massive Attack's Mezzanine.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is where it all began for ANTIMATTER. Former ANATHEMA bass player Duncan Patterson teamed up with the talented Michael Moss to create this atmospheric music with plenty of electronics and samples.They have two guest female singers who share the vocals. So female vocals are on every track.

"Saviour" has a good drum intro then it settles quickly with female vocals before kicking back in as contrasts continue. "Holocaust" features vocals that almost seem processed early on. It's dark with percussion and other sounds. "Over Your Shoulder" has both male and female vocals although the female is leading.Sparse percussion is helping out. "Psalms" has vocals a minute in with a beat and some atmosphere. Bass later. "God Is Coming" has this atmosphere with whispered vocals. It kicks in before 2 minutes after she whispers "God is coming". A strong electronica flavour here.

"Angelic" features this gentle guitar as vocals join in. Sampled violin-like sounds 2 minutes in and to end it. "Flowers" is mellow with vocals.This is very melancholic. Some brief outbursts come and go. "The Last Laugh" is my favourite. Male vocals lead on this one with female vocals helping out. Some prominant guitar in this one too for a change. Lots of atmosphere with a beat. It kicks in louder late. "Going Nowhere" has female vocals to start only then we get this cool sounding keyboard, percussion and guitar soundscape which creates lots of atmosphere.

I really like how the album ends with those two closing tracks but for my taste it doesn't measure up well against the follow-up "Lights Out". Better than "Planetary Confinement" though. 3.5 stars.

Review by The Crow
2 stars Antimatter's debut, by Mick Moss and the ex-Anathema Duncan Patterson!

And curiously, this album sounds more than I expected llike the great Alternative 4 from Anathema, which is undoubtedly the best album where Patterson has ever participated. Therefore, depressing environments with sad guitars and piercing bass melodies reappear, adorned by not always well-tuned female voices and Moss's elegant vocals.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are three or four brilliant songs, the album becomes dull in the long run, preventing repeated listening. The mediocre female singin does not help either.

Despite everything, lovers of the darker and more melancholic electronic progressive may appreciate this Saviour.

Best Tracks: Over Your Shoulder (beautiful guitar melodies and good vocals), Psalms (enters in the trip-hop field, but it's a good song) and The Last Laugh (definitely, when Moss sings the album is better)

My Rating: **

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5 stars Saviour is the debut albums of Antimatter, a British band that was put together by Duncan Patterson when he left Anathema after the release of their 1998 album Alternative 4, and teamed up with his old friend and schoolmate Mick Moss - a "bedroom songwriter" who had always been involved in writing s ... (read more)

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