Unlike Antimatter's previous albums, "Planetary Confinement" is characterised by extremely crisp, clear acoustic guitar sounds mixed with violin, which draw to mind images of bare trees, the light scent of woodsy sulfur and the feeling of autumn's chill on the skin. This is also the last Antimatter album to feature the works of original band/project member (and former Anathema member) Duncan Patterson.
When it came out, this album was hailed as "the saddest album of the year," but I find it (perhaps counterintuitively) encouraging. Tracks like "Legions" remind me that there are others who share my frustration with society, more specifically the common man's propensity towards the ignorance of his and society's faults and fallacies. But this isn't just another socially-critical gloom-fest for the cynically-minded. The combination of eloquent language with Moss' unique smooth-but-deep vocals make these works both inspirational and easy to listen-to.
Also, the song "Mr. White," originally written and recorded by Trouble, is a gothic masterpiece. Antimatter's much calmer take on this song allows one to feel its anxious, melancholic and psychologically-displaced energy far better. The lines, "Now the hours are breathing - gone like tears in yesterdays rain. I remember voices telling me secrets of mind-changing reality" beg the question, "where, really, is the line between breaking free from the commonly-accepted norms of perception, and true madness? Can anyone who's never come close to madness truly and effectively draw that line?"
This is thinking-man's music, dark-ambient music with hints of folk and imbued with the spirit (though not the intensity) of metal.