One to Listen! – Antimatter: Fighting For A Lost Cause (01.17.) /ENG./

Why should you give “Fighting For A Lost Cause” a chance? On first listen, it makes a deep impression, as its seemingly simple, relatively long acoustic start leads to a heartbreaking tragedy. Each time, it evokes new emotions and a desire in me to not only feel the song, but also conveys to the world that stirs in me. I’d like to learn it on guitar, but I can’t… As easygoing as it sounds, it’s remarkably brilliant with tones. The atmosphere it creates around itself is no accident…

In Fighting For A Lost Cause we can enjoy the excellent combination of tense bass blasts and quiet, hushed acoustic sounds, which are then joined by the typically soft, deep, intelligent vocals that I love. Mick Moss delivers the tension in a terribly elegant way, not in the form of a roar, but almost a restrained sobbing. Desperate melodies are woven together into a masterpiece that, until the eleventh second of the fourth minute, makes us believe that this is merely an acoustic ballad. The surprise then cuts relentlessly into our hearts… The aching yet beautiful sound of violin and restrained drums weave together into a miracle we never expected, but are glad to hear.

It may sound simple, but it brings an unusual atmosphere to life, with an original, pure lyrics that you can’t find if you look for them. I wasn’t looking for it either, it came across me by chance when I was getting to know the Antimatter, and that’s how I found this hidden gem. It hurts, it burns my soul, but I keep wanting to be drawn to it again and again.

Genre: Progressive rock/ Gothic rock
Band: Antimatter (UK)
Song: Fighting For A Lost Cause
Album: Leaving Eden (2007)


And there it is, as pure as snow
I couldn’t see it for my head was too low
And prying eyes, they stoop too low
Poisoning my soul, as sanity waits in the gallows.

Defeated I, fighting for a lost cause
Depleted I, dying for the wrong cause.

These are the hours on the range
The more you show them
The more they choose to take away
Some things never change in the wings
And as it’s your war
There’ll be no escape at all.

Defeated I, fighting for a lost cause
Depleted I, dying for.

What should you know about “Antimatter”? The band was formed in 1998 by former Anathema bassist (Duncan Patterson) and songwriter (Mick Moss). It was their solo project for many years until 2004, when Duncan Patterson left the band. In fact, Antimatter is not a band at all, but the individual genius of Mick Moss, who has already released seven studio albums (not counting mixes and live recordings), including 2002’s Saviour, 2003’s Lights Out, 2005’s Planetary Confinement, 2007’s Leaving Eden, 2012’s Fear of a Unique Identity, 2015’s Judas Table and 2018’s Black Market Enlightenment. Perhaps you can guess from the names of the albums that Antimatter presents an abstract world, with deeply emotional and original lyrics, beautiful vocals and haunting instrumentals. I highly recommend it to those who like to get lost in the mood created by the music, which, although somewhat psychedelic, but isn’t “math-metal” in the classic sense, like other progressive rock bands.


by: Fujimi & Wolfy


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