"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.
- 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)
Promo text and product photos (c) 2014 by Prophecy Productions
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I'm proud to announce, that Duncan Patterson himself made contact with me and asked for permission to use two of my photos for the cover and the backcover of this new album (actually, at first I was thinking that somebody was putting me on when I received a mail from Duncan Patterson, whose music I obviously adore). Please check out "The Obscurants".
On a personal note: Belated thanks for your lovely birthday wishes. Once again I can only apologise for my absence. Life, especially concerning work, got awfully out of hand throughout the last months. I'm currently down with a lung infection, which could be considered as a warning sign of my body. Ironically, this will finally give me time to catch up with my online life, especially here on dA. You're all dearly missed, and I'm looking forward to browse your inspiring work again. Thank you for still being here.