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Anathema : Alternative 4

After the wonderfully emotional 'Eternity' I can say I was highly anticipating their following album. 'Alternative 4' (referring to a pressumed government plan to let most of humanity die in the case of an all out nuclear war) lived up to my expectations. Perhaps not as painful and sorrow drenched as 'Eternity', but the emotions still drip from this album.

The first shock I had when this album was released was that Vincent Cavanagh had actually learned how to sing! This is probably the reason that the music sounds less fragile and depressive than on 'Eternity', but it still is a welcome change.

The album mixes feelings of depression, loneliness and pure uncensored hate. No joy can be found on this silver disk, that's for sure. From the painfully depressive intro 'Shroud of False' to the demoralising last track 'Destiny' the listener is taken on a trip that deals with subjects such as lost love, being betrayed, alcoholism, depression and wishing the entire world to end. For example a track like 'Empty' just breathes hate, hate towards people who have betrayed and hurt you while songs like 'Lost Control' and 'Inner Silence' relay a total loss of hope and just want to make you break down and cry eternally.

Perhaps the album can be best described by the lyrics of the song 'Shroud of False': "We are just a moment in time, A blink of an eye, A dream for the blind, Visions from a dying brain, I hope you don't understand."

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Shroud of False
2. Fragile Dreams
3. Empty
4. Lost Control
5. Re-connect
6. Inner Silence
7. Alternative 4
8. Regret
9. Feel
10. Destiny

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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