[ Logo: Aftermath ]
10 / 10
➤ "… not the typical Thrash Metal band, but you will love their musical proposal due to the congruence that exists between the lyrical and musical part in which they take up the essence of the old school and, in turn, play with different elements such as progressive notes, vocal harmonies and the fusion with other musical genres, making each of the songs acquire its own identity … an album that is definitely worth listening to and analyzing. Dynamic, fun and critical are the words that define it."
(La Magia Absalón)
9 / 10
➤ "… honestly could easily be the soundtrack of how the world is (not) functioning today … groove and melody … a step forward for AFTERMATH, who sound proud of their own Progressive Thrash …"
9 / 10
➤ "… bombarding clashes of drums, guitars and vocals … I certainly enjoyed this album greatly … no doubt a true band full of ambitions and giving their listeners what they want so I can say I am a big fan now … well done … a fantastic album for sure …"
8 / 10
➤ "… a crossover Thrash force of considerable power … the message remains clear … catchy as fuck … showcases the bands ‘classic’ style in inimitable style … what they want, is to raise hell!"
8 / 10
➤ "… trying to bring people together … reminding of Anthrax’s 'Sound Of White Noise' … more musically pleasing than its predecessor … 'No Time To Waste' isn’t for everyone, but if you like weird, proggy, funky Thrash then give this one a go."
8 / 10
➤ "... and if the previous album was based on a thrash that did not spurn excursions into crossover and industrial here and there, 'No Time To Waste' sounds direct, immediate and unashamed from the very first note, and this also - and especially - in the lyrics ..."
3,75 / 5
➤ "… a great job of concocting a unique sound reminiscent of Blind Illusion and Primus that gives zero shits about who or what it alienates, and that's pretty darn Metal to me … it's clear that the band has a clear vision and can execute it with precision and confidence … Thrash fans in general who aren't afraid of extreme experimentation won't want to waste any time becoming acquainted with Aftermath's latest release."
7,5 / 10
➤ "... a barrage of complex, idiosyncratic songs in a crossfire of progressive Thrash Metal with Crossover elements ... a rather egocentric album, free of common influences, but thus also little to no listener-friendly or even mass-compatible ..."
7 / 10
➤ "'No Time To Waste' is an album that clearly plays with the listener's moods. It's otherworldly, it's twisted, it's dystopian, it has a strange beauty that, once you get hold of it, you won't be able to shake it off."
(Metal Hammer Greece)
7 / 10
➤ "… Thrash with Crossover elements and a lot of spoken lyrics to get a lot of anti-system messages across to the listener … no frills, just raw music with a message ... a message that can be provocative, which is probably the point, because it's all about thinking for yourself …
AFTERMATH has helped to create two genres … and this release is also something special …"
➤ "While the message may be the same, the way it is delivered highlights the significance of the lyrics and makes them relatable to a wider audience that is unrestrained by the trappings of conventional society … AFTERMATH have certainly delivered the goods on 'No Time To Waste', so much so that I will definitely be tracking down the first two instalments of the trilogy and giving them a listen … top notch!"
(Heavy Mag AU)
➤ "… awesome … amazing … brilliant …"
(Project Metal Music)
➤ "… really a trip into the unknown musically … full of mathematical rhythms, and various sonically induced sounds … in some ways this album feels like an electro-shock therapy … this record sounds incredible, and for 40 minutes takes the listener into another dimension."
(69 Faces Of Rock)
➤ "… loud and aggressive … riffs with a varying degree of complexity … songs are very well driven by the drums … Charlie has a sound growl in his voice … AFTERMATH positions itself on the frontier or rather, that crosses several influences from Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk bands … we liked what we heard, especially the faster-paced songs …"
➤ "Powerful Thrash … powerful album … with a monumental production sound. Undoubtedly a band for lovers of good Metal … 'No Time To Waste' opens impressively, imposes itself from start to finish. We find dynamics that lead you to headbanging and air guitar …"
➤ "Attention is required here! Two bands immediately come to mind: Voivod and Megadeth … have a slightly progressive touch … clearly not average Thrash Metal. Staggered rhythms, interesting tempo changes and virtuoso string playing quickly catch your attention ... Kyriakos Tsiolis' voice actually reminds me of a younger Dave Mustaine - listen to 'Transform & Disrupt' for example. Definitely not standard Thrash, I really enjoy this! With a stable base of mainly midtempo, there are boundaries being pushed here, and it's this willingness to experiment that I really enjoy!"
(Wings Of Death)
➤ "… surprised me … that was hardly to be expected from a group that releases its work with such long intervals and so much agility … Prog-music is, as they say, not for people whose brains are as big as a walnut. And then there's such a hellish kneading that the boundaries of consciousness stretch directly and very far … it's something, but you can't accuse these Chicagoans of being unoriginal. It's hard to even describe this incredible blend of Thrash, Groove and Progressive. It's really not easy for the ear to grasp, but after listening to the material, you still feel like something has been lost and misunderstood. And that's what makes you want to listen to the release again …"
➤ "… not the easiest or the most straightforward, because the elements at play are numerous and varied and can unsettle you. You have to listen through to the end of the album to get a clear picture of the whole and understand the concept … a clear improvement in the vocal parts, which are now much more expressive and varied. Technically, the band is and always has been good and also seems much more inspired than on the previous album. For those who like unconventional things, this is a recommendable listening experience …"
(The Murder Inn)
MEDIA FEEDBACK • There Is Something Wrong • 2019:
4,5 / 5
➤ "… a really rather enjoyable ride into oblivion … progressive is most definitely a word that sums their sound up nicely … heavy as all fuck … this well and truly has their own stamp of excellence upon it … riffs a plenty, music to get you out on the streets to the sound of pent up fury, an utter thrashing and a condemnation of the global situation."
90 / 100
➤ "… try to imagine Deliverance (yes, the group of Christian Thrash) taking Voivod on a Wehrmacht tempo, with the sense of the destabilization of Vektor, under the artistic direction of Captain Beefheart and Devin Townsend … evoking their most distant past, when the Thrash was dissonant and speed was his daily bread … after all, I fuck linearity. AFTERMATH also."
9 / 10
➤ "AFTERMATH are a band who could write a biography to best most others with only a single full length album in 25 years, and 'There is Something Wrong' feels like the perfect book end to that 25 year chapter of the band and hopefully the start of something new because this is a very good album … its fast, proggy, catchy and down right furious at ... well everything."
(The Metal Blogger)
88 / 100
➤ "… changes in the rhythm, musical scales and tempos are very broad and very well managed … we can hear the maturity with which the band counts through its experience in Thrash Metal … it will blow your head with a complex sound and overwhelming lyrics!"
85 / 100
➤ "… a quirky progressive Metal amalgam with Thrash still leading the show … there’s a bit for everyone here …"
(The Metal Archives)
80 / 100
➤ "… an explosive stampede … quite crazy … at times somewhat confusing but audibly digestible … without a doubt, it is an unconventional record which must be experienced to understand what is going on."
8 / 10
➤ "… existed since 1985 and has released only one album - the excellent 'Eyes Of Tomorrow' of 1994 … now comes the second … a good Thrash Metal album … never really been fashionable … definitely interesting and recommended to anyone who likes Voivod …"
(World Of Metal)
8 / 10
➤ "… a collective amount of unprecedented Thrash Metal madness; fueled finesse, and impressive culminations of dominating captivation … AFTERMATH assault a bombarding blitz of menacing waltz of toxic volleys that wave with obscure innovation, evolving eccentrics in which supply unparalleled weight and revolving meatiness - good stuff."
8 / 10
➤ "… who still does remember the guys from Chicago who started as a Crossover Thrash band, changed to technical Thrash releasing their one and only, super cult and amazing 'Eyes ...' 1994? They return after 25 years with 'There ...' - an album that sounds so strange in the modern reality, but its so perverted beautiful … mixes crossover with their 90s tech Thrash age, Voivod-elements … dystopic lyric concept which could be found to any Fear Factory album … do you dare enough to try it, or do you dislike the experiments?"
(Metal Hammer GR)
8 / 10
➤ "They play like fucking deities, too …"
8 / 10
➤ "… start to untangle what AFTERMATH have put together and enjoy the ferocity, the aggression and the heaviness of this album … feels totally relevant, even though it comes from a band from the mid ‘80s that decided to get back on the music-recording track … can you take this figuratively blow or your ears have become too sensitive?"
7,5 / 10
➤ "… increasingly embraces this technical side, progressive and experimental, but without forgetting the Thrash roots of the early career, making this a good job and another great release of this iconic band … worth to check out … … shows how a band can mature and evolve musically with dignity, without losing quality and leave aside its formative roots."
(Metal Na Lata)
7,5 / 10
➤ "… if you like similar polarized bands like Coroner, Anacrusis or Atheist, you will be able to do something with AFTERMATH, too."
7,5 / 10
➤ "... much edgier than ever ... often roaring vocals and brute guitars make 'There Is Something Wrong' looks like an angry outcry ..."
7,5 / 10
➤ "… crazy … the incredible part is AFTERMATH manages to make it work … razor cutting riffs … pummeling and inventive drum work … those with an open mind and whose tastes reside in the Thrash territory should definitely give this a listen … whether one will like it or not; it will leave a lasting impression and perhaps that’s what’s most important."
7,5 / 10
➤ "… well presented by all band members ... the necessary aggressiveness, drama and menace comes out very well both in singing and guitar playing and through the sometimes slowly threatening and then again clubbing fast playing rhythm fraction ... the album convinces me …"
7,3 / 10
➤ "… Thrash Metal and Hardcore, Progressive and Crossover … AFTERMATH continue with their denunciation against harmful policies and a society in disarray … extreme music, which does not fail to surprise by an excellent instrumental preparation of the protagonists … between Devin Townsend and Voivod … Metal outside the box, not a little rebellious."
3,5 / 5
➤ "Machine Head reminds among the reference points, but there is also the Body Count street violence and a pinch of Voivod genius … Charlie Tsiolis sings as if he were in a street gang … charge and energy are unquestionable …"
(Loud And Proud IT)
7 / 10
➤ "… 11 maniacal tracks … a wild ride … muscular '80s Thrash vibe … pure chaotic energy …"
7 / 10
➤ "... no light food, musically as well as lyrically ... old-schoolish Crossover Thrash Metal with high technical influence respectively progressive elements ... snappy, sometimes very aggressive ..."
7 / 10
➤ "… several positive surprises … removes any doubt about the band and its intentions … many positive and well-valued ideas … direct attack on everything that becomes 'opium of peoples', not only religion, but now also science … an authentic sound blast …"
4 / 7
➤ "... as if they had beamed to us directly from the year 1985 ... could also be loosely from the nineties ... somewhere between Voivod, Rage Against The Machine, M.O.D., Exodus and, in short melodic moments, Megadeth ... ambitious as well as at a technically high level."
10 / 15
➤ "… an unusual group in all respects, which also goes their own way on their - almost a quarter of a century after the debut appearing - second work 'There Is Something Wrong' ... a crude, sometimes bulky clod, which covers both the crossover and the technical phase of the band ... a record for everyone and no one ... very exciting!"
➤ "… AFTERMATH is able to refine the Thrash Metal style of M.O.D. and early Metallica into an art form."
➤ "This album is f***ing awesome from start to finish."
(The Dirty Room)
➤ "It’s bullish, belligerent and fueled by anger ... it will punch your f***in’ teeth in!"
➤ "It really packs a punch."
➤ "I can't even begin to tell you how badass this entire album is."
(Boston Rock Radio)
➤ "This one will be difficult to knock of the Gauntlet's Top 10 list for the year."
➤ "AFTERMATH is back with another album of wild Thrash."
➤ "This album will score the hearts of listeners old and new."
(Silence Is The Enemy)
➤ "What lies within the message of the songs on 'There Is Something Wrong' is the truth etched into the songs with a fervor."
➤ "… cynical take on the leading gurus of our time … furious smashing …"
(The Median Man)
➤ "… raw energy of old school Thrash to formulate a theatrical apocalyptic album enhanced with electronica, early grunge, Voivod-esque progressive post-Thrash and atmospheric music …"
➤ "Twenty-five years after 'Eyes Of Tomorrow', singer Kyriakos Tsilopolis, denounces the political and social situation through pieces of peculiar musical aggression … here the message submits the style, the form is adapted to underline the discomfort … a direct link to a brave past. Follow it."
(Flight Of Pegasus)
➤ "From the point of view of quality, a good job of mixing and production … all 47 minutes of the album run smoothly and without tiring … they know how to make the most of each instrument and know how to write not bad pieces … will be appreciated by all thrash lovers, but also by those who are looking for something rude and aggressive for their ears."
➤ "… the gang in the texts really succeeded in awakening, because they are clear, aggressive, and directly communicating the message … extremely thought-out, just like connecting parts between one and the other song … really worth listening to."
➤ "AFTERMATH chose not the easy path … instead of releasing a conventional record, they chose to make a concept album for their comeback … at the age of internet scrolling they chose to deliver a message … definitely needed guts … for the devoted … Crossover Tech Thrash/Progressive Metal … you need to listen in its entirety to understand it and feel it!"
➤ "… straight ahead and writing about politics as there were nobody to censor them … this ‘we-don’t-care’ attitude is great, if I may, just because no one is safe from their criticism … and this is healthy to an extreme music band … variety of cadence, speed, and influences making it a pleasant album to hear also avoiding to be redundant."
➤ "… a strong album ... AFTERMATH combine tradition and modernity …"
➤ "… the beginning of "False Flag Flying" can bring to mind MEGADETH's 'Rust In Peace', and the album continues with a very catchy 'Diethanasia' … we can verify that the dynamics of the album is going to be quite erratic: frenetic and aggressive passages are interspersed with more avant-garde parts … in many occasions both things combine, offering fragments of punk orientation …"
➤ "… very impressive … with some incredible interesting elements … I love the industrial touch … very well executed … a great listen …"
➤ "… greatly surprised by the variety of sounds, versatility and changes in fast-paced rhythms, where the singing voice of Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis, takes a vital role in the songs as assuming the role that corresponds to a singer … the rest of the musicians, in a fresh way and violent at times plays their instruments without mercy and with that freneticism so particular of AFTERMATH …"
➤ "… the sound of AFTERMATH has become more raw and direct, decidedly contemporary with taste of VOIVOD genius … Kyriakos Charlie Tsiolis, sings as if he was leading a protest where charge and energy is unquestionable and lift the dynamics of the album with erratic, frantic and aggressive passages … certainly not betray those fans who have not forgotten the group and their undying passion."
(Voices From The Darkside)
➤ "… there’s nothing wrong here; in fact, there can be nothing wrong with a reunion of one of the finest acts to ever come out of the enormous US Metal roster ... the band have made a cross over their repertoire starting with the more Thrashcore-prone early days to which belongs the shorter, more stripped-down material …"
(The Thrash Metal Guide)
➤ "… a very interesting record … not only is it musically intense but it bears a very deep lyrical message … very angry and in your face … sounds technically superb … deliver the goods on every single track … AFTERMATH is a well-oiled machine ready to go to war!"
(69 Faces Of Rock)
➤ "… 'There is Something Wrong' is strongly produced … crushing drum and guitar sounds … the musicianship and overall songwriting of the majority of the album shine … super catchy vocal and riff patterns and many songs to have sing along live moments mixed in with circle slam pits where bodies are flying everywhere … so damn outstanding … a damn good album!"…
(Teeth Of The Divine)
➤ "... unrestrained brutality and rage ... melodies that uniquely combine both on 'There Is Something Wrong' ... also vocalist Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis shines with a strong range, and in the very best ... mercilessly good manual work ... virtuoso leads ... sophisticated, accentuated solos ... an immensely high energy level over the entire duration ... fattest production ... "
➤ "… returned to their powerful Crossover Thrash Metal of the 90’s … unique and intelligent look at society blended perfectly by three talented musicians and a skillful lead singer."
➤ "… an audacious attack on Government and the hypocrisy of modern society … bullish, belligerent and fuelled by anger and frontman Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis and co. (and this is 3/5 of the lineup which recorded 90’s masterpiece, Eyes Of Tomorrow) weren’t merely vexed, they were hellbent on pouring rabid scorn on the world they inhabit."
('The 10 Greatest Thrash Albums of 2019' at Worship Metal)
➤ "Straight in your face, brutal … but you have to take a closer look behind the heavy, angry sound of this concept album - there is a lot of truths spoken on here, a lot of anger, despair, social criticism, which makes this pretty interesting … fave tracks here: 'Temptation Overthrown' and 'Scientists & Priests'."
(Sandy's Vinyl & Stuff)