Anathema - Alternative 4

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Alternative 4 is the fourth studio album by British alternative / progressive rock band Anathema, originally released in June 1998 by Peaceville Records.

From the first melancholic piano notes and the warm and soft voice of Vincent Cavanagh, you quickly realise that this could be a great album, and song by song you become convinced. Alternative 4 is pure anguish... yearning, emptiness and suicidal will perfectly combined into an album of rare beauty.

Songs like "Lost Control", "Inner Silence" and the title-track are something unique, the atmosphere of the whole album is resigned, defeated, dream-shattered and regretful. All is underlined by the blaring sound of the snaredrum (sometimes it seems a rifle-shot) and the gloomy beat of the bass drum (on "Inner Silence" it seems as a beating heart consuming itself), with bare but very effective patterns. The vocals are sometimes drowned cries of desperation, the melodies are sweet but at the same time involving. 

Alternative 4 is a solid album with not one single track on here to niggle about. Starting from the opener "Shroud Of False" serving in fact just as an intro with its great line "We are just a moment in time" (which stands for the whole album) to the last track "Destiny" there's just fantastic music full of beauty to be found on here. "Fragile Dreams" is a true "ear whig" which keeps sticking in your mind, a great track, dreamy and fully rocking at the same time. "Empty" is probably the most catchy one of this album and still quite rocking with great lyrics whereas "Lost Control" comes very dreamy and fragile, a song filled with sorrow and anxiety but as great as the ones before.

Alternative 4 is a fantastic musical experience for anyone into dark atmospheric rock music, and is highly recommended to all fans of "The Dark Side Of Prog"!

Alternative 4 is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time. It remains as unique as it was when it came out because the tension, beauty, chaos, and melodic sensibility it encapsulates sets it apart from any other album in the Anathema catalogue, if not the entire metal genre.

Check out the tracks: “Shroud Of False”; “Fragile Dreams” and “Lost Control”. 

This Limited Edition LP reissue with reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(801056741417)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Shroud Of False

1:37

A2

Fragile Dreams

5:32

A3

Empty

3:00

A4

Lost Control

5:50

A5

Re-Connect

3:52

A6

Inner Silence

3:08

B1

Alternative 4

6:18

B2

Regret

7:58

B3

Feel

5:28

B4

Destiny

2:14

SKU 801056741417
Record Label Peaceville Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number VILELP414
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 07 September 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 22 June 1998
Barcode # 801056741417
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Doom Metal
Format VINYL LP

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