Label: Steel Gallery Records
1989 was a milestone for humanity. And as in 2019, we have a year of anniversaries.There had been celebrated important dates year-round, seventy years since the October Revolution, ten of the Iranian, fifty of the Cuban, seventy since the Communists were defeated in Germany, and there was generally a palette of celebrations at that time in both (then) Worlds. Yes, the Third (and then), was just hungry, since the first two were looting their raw materials. Frances Fukuyama, of course, rewrote Friedrick Hegel’s theory of “The End of History” in 1989 in an article in National Interest magazine. The fall of the Wall of Shame in Berlin that same year, which gave birth to so many hopes that, of course, proved to be as real as the so-called American thinker dragged the world into a dreamlike approach before it was crashed into capitalist crises that affected only the middle and lower economically paid classes.
In 1989, Afterimage was probably young enough or simply unborn to care about all these. But now with at least one member on his forties, their music seems to have come out of that distant era. The most creative and the most interesting for the kind they serve. No, it is not as if the end of Musical History came in 1989, the band is actually fine – tuned on the current age, however their production has a warmer sound, but mainly the approach of their compositions and at the same time Christos Papadakis’ vocals bring to the surface this anxiety of the average man thirty years ago: When he found himself on the brink of the Nuclear War, in the embrace of the free world of free economy. When Prog had the mood to collide when it was actually progressive and the bands had an appetite for a quest, not just finger exercising. When this idiom had an intention of existence and was a part of society and not a species that thrives only in conservatories.
The songs of the album have a reasonable length, they are not blunted and they have no purpose for any skills demonstration, but the whispering voice (if you get into the meaning of the album) is touching. I emphasize the phrase “if you get into the point” because the vocals are actually a love or hate case. Their songs actually got me, not only because they hit me (deceitfully) in the feeling, but more so because I found an interesting proposition from a scene I had years to deal with.
Beyond the obvious influences, this Greek -from Syros island- band, manages to bring to the table their own ideas which are interesting, while of course there is room for improvement in the composition. But OK…. we are talking about their first job, so this is almost self-evident. There is something that I don’t think that the majority will favor and it is the somewhat dry sound on the drums, which of course it is easily corrected. Overall however, the result is both positive and promising. We are looking forward to improved continuity, we congratulate them for keeping the flag high up in the “tough” province and we hope to hear some news soon, either in concerts or recordings.