‘The Brink’, debut album by Duncan Patterson's ALTERNATIVE 4 was reissued nearly a week ago, 23rd of November 2012, through Prophecy Productions. The “icon of melancholic alternative rock music” recorded ‘The Brink’ with guitarist Mark Kelson (of THE ETERNAL fame) and Argentinean drummer Mauro Frison and originally released it in 2011 through Avantgarde Music. In 2012, ALTERNATIVE 4 signed a long term deal with German label Prophecy Productions and are currently finishing off their upcoming new album titled ‘The Obscurants’. ‘The Brink’ reissue awaits you here (Prophecy Productions store) as jewelcase CD or double CD and DVD digipak. Listen to the full album here (Prophecy BC YouTube channel) or below, where you’ll find the ‘False Light’ video, directed by Luís Rolo, as well.
Duncan Patterson, a driving force behind ANATHEMA's success in defining the death/doom genre (along with PARADISE LOST and MY DYING BRIDE) and the chief composer and bassist behind ANATHEMA's albums ‘Eternity’ and ‘Alternative 4’, as well as ANTIMATTER co-founder, built ALTERNATIVE 4 on “a solid rock foundation enriched with painful piano and string arrangements, sometimes on the verge of ambient music, sometimes offering the big influence of the rather dark and abysmal side of PINK FLOYD.” Duncan Patterson commented on his band's new cooperation with Prophecy Production as follows:
“It’s good to be back onboard a label who have always had respect for my work, regardless of how obscure or “uncommercial” it often turns out. In today's musical climate it is difficult to find a decent label who are genuinely focused more on the artistic/innovative side than anything else. For me that is essential as I’ve no plans to start playing and writing fashionable music as a career move, not unless I do it accidentally that is.”