As we trawled through the vaults of Thrash history it came as no surprise that the sheer wealth of quality U.S. Thrash releases over the years was simply staggering. Subsequently, what was set to be a 2 part series will continue. So, keep ’em peeled for Parts 4 & 5 (and maybe more) over the coming months!
If there’s a particular Thrash classic you feel has been lost to the annals of time then pop it in the comments below and we’ll look to include it in future articles.
Let’s get Thrashed! \m/
Aftermath – Eyes Of Tomorrow (1994)
Reissued last month in a remastered format, the timing couldn’t be better to get your hands on this mid 90’s Technical Thrash masterwork.
Aftermath may have first turned heads with the Thrash assault of their speed-of-light, full-throttle demo Killing The Future (also due for a remastered, first time release on CD this month) but it’s their only full length album to date that showcased this undervalued bands full potential and proved to be a total reinvention of their sound.
Eyes Of Tomorrow is Progressive Thrash incarnate. Off kilter rhythms and mind-boggling complexity jostling with infectious melody, ingenious hooks and heads-down Thrashing. Creatively eccentric, it’s the likes of “Being” and the epic “Experience” that still surprise the most. Filled with fluid leads, accomplished solos and dark ambience, the technicality and progressive nature of Eyes Of Tomorrow is clear to hear and stands as the perfect counterpoint to the moments of up-tempo Thrash and staccato riffing that remind the listener that this is still a Thrash record after all.
While Kyriakos Charlie Tsiolis’ vocals may prove to be an acquired taste – although we challenge anyone to try spitting out lyrics at a pace that matches the frenzied patterns Aftermath conjure – the borderline spoken word nature of his delivery is actually the perfect fit for the schizophrenic aural battery his words accompany. Conventional structure be damned! When music is this undeniably accomplished and genuinely thrilling, the tried and tested formula’s seem relatively passé; the technicality and individuality of Aftermath proving infinitely more rewarding than the meat ‘n’ potatoes thrash trotted out by far too many bands in the early 90’s.
If the likes of Heathen, Anacrusis, Coroner and Voivod float your boat then Aftermath are your next port of call….if you haven’t discovered them already of course!