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Aftermath – Eyes Of Tomorrow

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Last Updated on 06:43 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Thrash
Country: U.S.A
Label: Shadow Kingdom
Release: 2015 (Reissue)

The story behind “Eyes Of Tomorrow” is very interesting. In 1990 when the band was at its peak after the fuzz with the “Words that Echo Fear” demo, RoadRacer Records approached them and offered them a deal. Things didn’t work out and Aftermath signed to Big Chief Records. While the recordings were under way, their record company shut down and the band was forced to finish the sessions by paying the studio on their own. After four long years the album was finally done and the band released it through Zoid Recordings in 1994! From that day on, a lot of re-issues and bootlegs saw the light of day and Aftermath gained a cult status. Now in 2015 , Shadow Kingdom Records finally released Eyes Of Tomorrow with new artwork, remastered and added bonus tracks.

For those of you who know Aftermath no words are needed. For those of you who don’t, it’s typical American tech-thrash in the vein of Faith Or Fear, Atrophy and Toxic in a much slower version since most of their songs are mid tempo. That doesn’t mean they don’t show their teeth with any oppurtunity. Just listen to songs like the title track, “Change Of Mood” and the Coroner-ish “Afraid Of Time”.

Many say that this band is heavily underestimated and it might be true but don’t forget it’s not the end of the 80’s anymore. There are lots of better bands in this style and some of them are probably influenced by Aftermath so it’s very difficult for them to go out again and make it this time.

On the other hand Shadow Kingdom made sure that this pack worth every last penny. Part from the remastering and the layout they added five more songs, 4 from the ’96 demo and 1 from the Words demo all of them in Aftermath style.

So for those of you who want to discover one of the heroes of the American crossover underground, “Eyes Of Tomorrow” is your record. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s honest, interesting and will at least keep you company for some time.

3.5\6

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