The fourth Anathema album "Alternative 4" was also the big performance of Duncan Patterson, as he was responsible for more than half of the songs. After leaving the ex-metallers, he was met again by similarly sentimental bands like Antimatter and Íon. Alternative 4 is now his fourth project with which he appears, and the name has certainly been chosen consciously. Of course there are parallels to said bands, although "The Brink" is still a bit more melancholic and gloomy. Sometimes the suspense arcs run into nothingness, hardly anything happens apart from long lasting repetitions, which especially makes longtracks like "Alternate" and "The Brink (Reprise)" quite unspectacular soundex courses. In more song-oriented material like "False Light", "Automata" and above all "Still Water", the finesse of the musician comes to the fore, whereby the clearest anathema affinity is to be found here. The roots cannot be denied, even though Patterson as a whole already tends in another direction.
Top track: Still Water