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.
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 Paracosm Lifeline Dina The Tragedy Shield Mr Black Closure
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.
Mauro Frison & Simon Flatley @ Transmission Rooms Studio, Ireland
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.
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