AFTERMATH (USA/IL)


Chicago based Aftermath, fronted by the Greek born Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis, formed in October 1985 when Charlie and his schoolmate Steve Sacco (Guitar) got together. This early incarnation with Adam (Bass) and Ray Schmidt (Drums) issued their first demo in 1986. In 1987, they unleashed their second demo entitled ‘Killing the Future’. The band pursued a mind blowing speed and technical brand of Thrash that soon set them apart from the pack. By 1988, the musical direction was changing and Adam's raw and simple bass lines would soon be replaced with complex and technical bass parts handled at first by John Lovette. Ironically, John never played bass on any Aftermath recording and wasn't even a bass player. However, he wanted to join the band so badly, he came to the audition with a friend's bass he had just started to play. The speed and complex playing he displayed was something none of the members had ever seen before on bass. He landed the gig that day. When the band decided it was time to add a second guitarist, Lovette told his band mates of his desire to switch to guitar and for the first time he came clean, he was a guitar player pretending to be a bass player all along. His bass playing was surpassed by his guitar skills, the band found its second guitar player, but unfortunately, the search for a bass player was back on. Luckily, the search (for the time being, anyway) ended with Danny Vega. His warm and precise playing was the perfect complement to the guitar playing of Lovette and Sacco and worked amazingly well with Schmidt's powerful drumming. With Lovette handling most of the song writing duties, Aftermath was about to make an unbelievable musical change. By 1989, that change brought on by Lovette's writing and the band's musical tastes and stylings had slowed and matured as evidenced by the release of the underground classic demo ‘Words That Echo Fear’. Danny Vega was replaced on bass by Chris Waldron. In 1990, based on the huge international success of the Words that Echo Fear demo, the metal label RoadRacer Records approached the band for a demo deal, which resulted in a live four track demo in 1990. Negotiations eventually broke down and Aftermath signed to New York’s Big Chief Records. The label's collapse halfway through the recording sessions led to a long delay in finishing the record. While the band struggled to pay the studio bill, the album the band started to record in 1990 would not see the light of day for four years. The experience left the band reeling and forced them to issue the album under their own steam with the help of their manager through Zoid Recordings in 1994. Four long years had passed since the initial recordings for the record "Eyes Of Tomorrow" and the scene had changed. Today, twenty five years after its formation, Aftermath is poised for its return. With the release of the Box Set 25 YEARS OF CHAOS on Area Death Productions and the vinyl When Will You Die on F.O.A.D - 2011 will see the reemergence of one of the most original thrash bands ever.

 

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1986 DEMO

Limited copies made. Yellow cover simply typewriter font - no artwork. Sticker with song titles typed on the tape.
 

TRACK LISTING:
- Sentenced to Death
- Revenge
- Shotgun
- The Aftermath
 

1986 DEMO TAPE:


 

KILLING THE FUTURE 1987 DEMO

Two versions: This is the white background. Cover art Aftermath logo in red (designed by Kyriakos "Charlie") with the reaper under the logo.. The tape was the first clear cassette from any demo band ever and shrink wrapped. Professional typeset cassette

TRACK LISTING:
- When Will You Die
- Going No Place
- Chaos
- Meltdown
- War for Freedom
 

KILLING THE FUTURE 1987 DEMO TAPE:

 

KILLING THE FUTURE 1987 DEMO

Two versions: This is the yellow background. Cover art Aftermath logo in red (designed by Kyriakos "Charlie") with the reaper under the logo.. The tape was the first clear cassette from any demo band ever and shrink wrapped. Professional typeset cassette

TRACK LISTING:
- When Will You Die
- Going No Place
- Chaos
- Meltdown
- War for Freedom
 

 

WORDS THAT ECHO FEAR 1989 DEMO

Two versions: black background and white background cover. The cover introduced the new Aftermath logo. The artwork includes a photo of the band. The cassette was also professionally typeset and cassette was shrink wrapped

TRACK LISTING:
- When Will You Die
- Going No Place
- Chaos
- Meltdown
- War for Freedom
 

WORDS THAT ECHO FEAR 1989 DEMO TAPE:

 

1990 PROMO

Strictly promos only. No covers made. Pro made tapes

TRACK LISTING:
-  Eyes of Tomorrow
- Afraid Of Time
- The Act Of Unspoken Wisdom
- Reflecting Pictures
 

1990 PROMO TAPE:

 

1996 PROMO

Strictly promos only. No covers made. Pro made tapes.
 

TRACK LISTING:
- Japan
- Metallic Slums and Highrises
- God is in the Details
- Strain
 

1996 PROMO TAPE:

 

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