Aftermath
Eyes of Tomorrow


5.0
classic

Review

by sonoflilith USER (3 Reviews)
April 26th, 2016 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Steel balls and meaningful technicality

AFTERMATH

Eyes Of Tomorrow

Tech/prog thrash metal from 1990. Written between 1988-1990, recorded in 1990, released 4 years later in 1994 due to record company bankcruptcy. Chicago band.

***ing relentless grooving riffs right off the bat. And the vocalist Charlie Tsiolis sounds like Ron Broder of Coroner. Hell yes! Okay, admittedly, the initial impression Aftermath's album made on me was superb to say the least. And after listening to the album practically non-stop for a whole few months I can safely say this will be one of my favourite albums ever.

Them coming first as sounding like Coroner is not to say that Aftermath has no sound of their own. They also come from the same timeline as Coroner, the late 80's, so I speculate it's just a case of sharing the same kind of influences. They are somehow a little bit more badass than Coroner and I really dig the vocalist's style that has angry rant-like qualities sometimes. Love the lyrics too. The singer has a unique way of kinda going out of time here and there but it fits the mood of the lyrics so well and gives the music vast amounts of chaos and aggression, so it doesn't matter to me if it's on purpose or not. Check out the title track for example to hear his almost desperate ranting verses and the extremely catchy chorus which has a surprisingly complex vocal rhythm that may initially sound confusing but the riff and the bass hitting the chords are so metal it's impossible to resist moshing. The singer pulls off a pretty varied effort considering the whole album, sounding emotional and even haunting on other tracks, like the awesome ”Proud Reflex”.

The band is organically tight and I love how the album sounds production wise. Especially the drums sound excellent. I think the drums bring this album to a whole new level of technicality because the player, Ray Schmidt, basically avoids cliches like the classic thrash beat and clearly has more influences than Overkill and Kill 'Em All.

The bass is luckily very audible because the player complements the riffs with just the right mixture of simply rounding up headbanging moments and adding more unique lines that snake around the guitars. There are quite a few moments of the bass going full on solo and it's great because the player has the confidence and the skill to pull it off, like the latter part of ”Being” for example. The guitars are natural in a way that you can actually hear there are two different players performing on each side. My only, and minimal, gripe is that the soloing could have maybe used a bit more composing to make the leads catchier.

The songs are entertaining in a way only the best tech-thrash bands get. The longer tunes sound epic and not just long for the sake of being long, like for example the atmospheric ”Change Of Mood” or the excellent ”Experience” with it's aggravated, ranting lyrics about corrupt leaders and the naive people following them. ”Change Of Mood” has a one of a kind feel, it's amazing how they found the perfect lyrical content to fit the melancholy riffs. And for a lenghty song it grabs you right from the first second because the lyrics describe a depressed mind so well. What I really like is that Aftermath goes in guns blazing omitting prog cliches like unnecessary keyboard intros altogether. Well, the 10th track, an instrumental jam piece called ”Snuff” is pretty trivial, but it is fortunately tagged at the end of the album and I guess the controlled guitar feedback makes it sound pretty sinister.

I just don't get bored with this album and it pours energy to my day. Eyes Of Tomorrow has a unique atmosphere and steel balls with just the right amount of almost punk-like aggression mixed with meaningful technicality.

(Sidenote: the 2015 reissue by Shadow Kingdom records has bonus tracks from a 1988 demo and a 1996 demo but I'm only reviewing the actual record that spans the first 10 tracks.)


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2016


8378 Comments


Good review, pos.

I have the first edition of this album, which is neither a 5 nor a 2 (a low 3.5, imho); it certainly reflects the early '90s era where thrash strayed from the '80s norm, European or US, in order to remain relevant.

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Ovrot
April 28th 2016


13304 Comments


m/

bloc
March 13th 2018


56543 Comments


This is pretty damn great wow. It's really forward thinking for being written in the late 80s holy shit

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Source
March 23rd 2019


12342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

incredible album

Source
April 17th 2019


12342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wish more people knew about this album

bloc
April 17th 2019


56543 Comments


Still love that album art, just something about it

Source
April 17th 2019


12342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah thats what initially made me look into the album. Turns out it's one of the best thrash albums I've ever found

bloc
April 17th 2019


56543 Comments


Yeah it's ahead of its time. I like how the guy on the cover is like a mix of a T-800 and a Xenomorph or some shit

Space Jester
April 19th 2019


6782 Comments


Yo this is sick as fuck. Thank you Source for getting me to finally check this

Source
April 19th 2019


12342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

DDDeftoneDDD
April 19th 2019


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol a page of un-exposed non raters. I m here to rate this right. I m the fashion cop.

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Source
April 19th 2019


12342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bloc jester and me got in a big argument and the mods wiped our ratings as punishment

Space Jester
April 19th 2019


6782 Comments


Rating is...

...overrated

*laugh track*

And yea we all called each other the n-word a bunch of times

DDDeftoneDDD
April 19th 2019


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LMAO

I feel like if you have no rates you are not exposed and do and say whatever you want...its a cool feeling and your choice offcourse (rym) but unfair with us the raters.

"bloc jester and me got in a big argument and the mods wiped our ratings as punishment" pretty sure this is untrue.



Space Jester
April 19th 2019


6782 Comments


I just find no joy or purpose in assigning ratings. I’ll still give my honest opinions about albums I talk about, unashamedly.

DDDeftoneDDD
April 19th 2019


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On this now.

Is this hip-hop?

Not bad though, everything rips m/

Space Jester
April 19th 2019


6782 Comments


I had to search a bit but I’m glad this is on Apple Music. They have an album that came out this year too, gonna have to see if that’s any good

DDDeftoneDDD
April 19th 2019


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vocals on this are weeeeird af...and the music goes down when he starts to say his stuff..the production isn t the best...and yess felt like coroner and voivod and those bands...

Outside that awesome instrumentation and technique. And yess you listen the bass (that is fucking awesome btw) and that s always something cool to "jerk off" felt old but pleasent

Space Jester
April 19th 2019


6782 Comments


I don’t really think it’s that similar to Voivod or Coroner, it has tech and prog tendencies for sure but it doesn’t feel like it rips heavily from those bands. Has a distinct sound

Production well, it was recorded in 1990 and I think it sounds fine, nice and gritty. Also love the vox

I have literally zero complaints

DDDeftoneDDD
April 19th 2019


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vocals are constantly out of tempo sometimes its offputting others its kinda cool.

Productionwise he seems to be in the bathroom. Drums and bass are incredible...its my first listen...will do one more

Change of Mood m/



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