Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lifeline (official video)

Finally we have a full track for you to listen to from the new album 'The Obscurants'

ALTERNATIVE 4 - Lifeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Obscurants

We finally have a release date for the new Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants'. Click here to pre-order the cd, gatefold vinyl, or book edition.

Alternative 4 - The Obscurants
The fight for disclosure and justice 

With "The Obscurants", Alternative 4 - the current main sphere of Duncan Patterson (ex Anathema, ex Antimatter) - release their second full-length album and continue the line of enquiry that began with their debut "The Brink" in 2011. Like its predecessor, "The Obscurants" stands out due to Patterson's particular songwriting style, which is occasionally echoing the works of his previous bands, yet it is offering his most mature and sophisticated material to date. The album explores avenues such as soft 1960s tremolo vibes, analogue synths and vocoders, to cranked up distorted guitars, with new lead singer Simon Flatley's crooner-like vocals perfectly completing the album's musical expression. Lyrically "The Obscurants" turns out to be a thought-provoking concept album on the subject of cover ups. Be it the media, police, government, or personal deceptions, it's about the obscuring of the truth and the subsequent fight for disclosure and justice.

Release date: 12.09.2014
North-American release date: 16.09.2014 (just distribution, not shop)

Available editions:

- CD Digipak
- Gatefold LP (180g vinyl) incl. poster and PVC protection sleeve (500 copies)
- 2CD hardcover book edition (18x18cm, 60 pages) incl. liner notes, studio report, background info, additional artwork and bonus CD feat. 10 additional tracks (500 copies)



1. Theme For The Obscurantist
2. Paracosm
3. Returning The Screw
5. Dina
6. Lifeline
7. The Tragedy Shield
8. Mr Black
9. Closure

CD2 (Bonus CD)

1. Theme For The Opportunist 2. Chilling Effects 3. Reality Clash 4. Revisionists 5. Lincoyán Berríos 6. Dina (Ars Arcanum mix) 7. Lifeline (36 floors mix) 8. Lifeline (Nîm mix) 9. Lifeline (Spermblaster mix) 10. Lifeline (VÆV mix)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Album #2 finished

The new Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants' is all finished, mixed, and sounding great. A slight continuation from The Brink, although not as monotonous and morose the subject matter still deals with the abuse of power. Musically it goes off at almost progressive tangents in parts, and new vocalist Simon Flatley has done a stellar job. The album will be release via Prophecy Productions in 2014.

THE OBSCURANTS tracklisting:-

Theme For The Obscurantist
Chilling Effects
Returning The Screw
The Tragedy Shield
Mr Black

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New singer/guitarist

I'm pleased to announce the recruitment of singer/guitarist Simon Flatley to the band. Simon joined up with us for 'The Obscurants' recording sessions last month, making a vital contribution to the shape of the album. 
Looking forward to the New Year and an exciting new musical chapter.

Duncan Patterson

Mauro Frison & Simon Flatley @ Transmission Rooms Studio, Ireland

Thursday, October 11, 2012

False Light (official promo video)

Official promo video for ALTERNATIVE 4 - 'False Light' (from the album The Brink)

Actor: Vasco Queiroz | Director: Luís Rolo | Assistant Director: António Freixo | Second Unit: Hugo Moreira | Production Manager: Rui Gil

Pre-order "The Brink" :HERE

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Brink reissue

On November 23rd, Alternative 4's 2011 debut "The Brink" is going to be reissued via Prophecy Productions. This marks the first release of the band for the label before next year, they will hand in their second album "The Obscurants".
The premium edition comes in digipak format along with both a bonus CD and DVD, the former containing a concert performance recorded in Istanbul as well as three previously unreleased remixes of album tracks, the latter two music videos for "Underlooked" and "False Light" plus a live video of "Still Waters".
The budget edition as usual comes in a jewel cases with a reduced booklet.

Alternative 4 European tour 2012:

30.11.'12 IRE - Dublin / The Pint
01.12.'12 NL - Helmond / Lakei
02.12.'12 NL - Rotterdam / Baroeg
03.12.'12 NL - Leeuwarden / venue TBA
05.12.'12 FIN - Helsinki / Bar Loose
06.12.'12 DE - Berlin / TheARTer Galerie (semi-acoustic concert)
07.12.'12 PL - Poznan / Pod Minoga
08.12.'12 PL - Wroclaw / Od zmerzchu do switu
09.12.'12 PL - Krakow / Antycafe

Friday, August 31, 2012