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?"
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 …"
(Dave Wolff, Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)
"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)
Chicago, Illinois • USA
Technical Progressive Thrash Metal
There Is Something Wrong
- Zoid Entertainment - InGrooves/The Label Group - Sleaszy Rider
February 15, 2019
Chicago’s AFTERMATH is one of the pioneering crossover Thrash bands of the 1980s: a band that transformed into one of the most
technical Thrash Metal bands of its time on its critically-acclaimed debut album, "Eyes Of Tomorrow".
There's something wrong!
Since December 14, 2020, the band presents the latest Lyric Video, this time for the album's title track "There Is Something Wrong":
These lyric video is the final video from the album. AFTERMATH proclaims about it: "The use of an animated human throughout the video is a strong symbolic image of what those in power want the new world to look like. No originality, no individuality and no independent thought. They want humanity to disappear and this song and video serve as a wakeup call to all of us."
More from singer Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis:
"I grew up always questioning authority. I never understood what gives them the right to tell me what to do. I follow the 'Golden Rule'. I don’t need someone to tell me what is right or wrong. I am not your child. That feeling was there as a kid and continued to grow over the years. I have no idea why or what caused me to see the world like that. I must have been born this way. Back in the early days of the band all my lyrics were somewhat based on this. I just wasn’t as aware then as I am now. We wrote a song called 'Chaos' back in 1986. That song was about questioning everything and everyone including your parents. It was about challenging authority and the stories they force fed you. I didn’t know why I felt something was wrong in the world, but I KNEW IT WASN'T RIGHT. As I got older and read and researched things I figured it out. Listening to 'Chaos' all these years later I realized I now had the answers to the questions I had in those lyrics. If you listen to 'Chaos' you will hear part of the lyrics in 'There Is Something Wrong'. Listen to these lyrics and you will hear me answering those lyrics. Wake up world before it’s too late."
Invitation to enlightenment!
Since Nov. 05, 2020, AFTERMATH have once again been revealing their very own artistic ambition with a great deal of ingenuity - the band produced a very special Video Album in an unusual long version of 34 minutes that includes all previous videos for the 2nd full-length release "There Is Something Wrong" - and a further, fresh video for the title track:
Truth or deception?
Since October 15, 2020, AFTERMATH has once again been encouraging people to think more deeply - this time with their lyric video for the song "Pseudocide":
"'Pseudocide' means a faked or pretend death. There have been theories throughout history about pseudocides – think Hitler’s death or Epstein’s. No one knows if any of those theories are true or not. But, it makes you wonder doesn’t it? This song isn’t about faking a death; it is about theories that some call conspiracy theories that have been proven to be true or at least cast doubt on the official story. I list 33 of those in the lyrics of the video. We wanted a video that enhanced the meaning of the lyrics. This video does it. The person in the video loses his mind because he learns the truth. Or does he stay sane and people lock him up because he’s a threat to them? We leave that for you to decide", singer Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis comments the content of "Pseudocide".
Warning to the masses!
On April 22, AFTERMATH released the special 'Breaking News Edition' video to the song "Diethanasia":
"As a kid I always questioned and challenged authority. That’s one thing that never changed for me. I’m a cynic and that has led to my search for the truth. I have been on a path to answer questions I have had for years. That search has led to some horrifying realities. The quest for the truth and the answers I have uncovered led to our latest album called 'There Is Something Wrong'. It is a concept record that challenges the listener to question everything and to never believe the official story just because your government or media tells you to. From the Fed to organized religion to Agenda 2030, the lyrics expose it all" says vocalist Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis.
He continues, "the song 'Diethanasia' was written three years ago. If you listen to the lyrics it is literally about what is happening today. Bill Gates and his followers have been preaching and warning about a global pandemic for years. His attempt to scare the masses into a global vaccinated world that includes microchips used to track us should frighten us all. He is manipulating and distorting facts to justify “his vaccine” and their ultimate plan. 'Diethanasia' was written to warn everyone about this plan. They talk about sustainable development and population stabilization. Those phrases are meant to sound like solutions to a problem – a way to help the planet. They aren’t. Do you trust Big Pharma to save you? Do you believe a computer salesman will save you? It is time to wake up and question everything."
Band adds: "The lyrics in the song are not meant as an indictment of all lawyers, doctors, media, etc. The attack is meant for the few within those professions that aren’t interested in helping humanity, but instead destroying it."
A timeless demand!
On March 13, the formation released the imaginative music video of the cover song "Give Peace A Chance", whose message is of lasting importance:
AFTERMATH state the following:
"The John Lennon classic, 'Give Peace A Chance', was the perfect song to cover as a follow up to the band’s last album not only as an answer to the concept posed by that album, but also because of the song’s enduring relevance in today’s global landscape. The heavy guitars, drums, and aggressive verse vocals are balanced by the mesmerizing youthful pleas of the choruses; and together they bring a powerful new take on Mr. Lennon’s message of hope back to the world five decades after the song’s inception."
More: "When we decided to cover 'Give Peace A Chance' it was meant to be a call for peace with a known enemy in a traditional war. It has now evolved into a call for peace among individuals, not just nations, as things get worse for the world in the days and months ahead."
Time to wake up!
AFTERMATH published the latest lyric video "Scientists And Priest" on November 2, 2019. It's the 6th official video for the new album "There Is Something Wrong".
"People find false comfort in either science or religion”, vocalist Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis comments the thematic context of "Scientists And Priest".
"The institutions have been corrupted and are used to divide the masses into two camps. It’s the perfect scam having people argue over what’s the truth. The truth is that organized religion and science are full of shit and used to deceive us and keep us fighting each other. Institutions are tools of suppression and none are better at it than the ones telling us to worship false idols and blindly believe in fake science."
Know your enemy!
AFTERMATH published the lyric video "Temptation Overthrown" on August 23, 2019. It's the 5th official video for the new album "There Is Something Wrong".
"In the album's concept story timeline, 'Temptation Overthrown' is at the point when the masses have been truly informed and are united. They know who the enemy really is and it's time for the people to control." (Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis)
The formation published the lyric video 'Gaslight' on June 25, 2019. It's the 4th official video for the new album "There Is Something Wrong". The video was produced by Great Heights Design Video Studio.
'To Gaslight someone' means to manipulate a person into questioning their own sanity. The song and video are integral parts of the greater message behind the ambitious concept album "There Is Something Wrong".
"The song is about waking up and having an open-mind in order to avoid the elite’s attempt to Gaslight you", says frontman Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis. "'Gaslight' tells the real rulers of the world we are on to their ways and we will destroy them and their symbols."
The new album "There Is Something Wrong" is an 11-song opus of TECHNICAL PROGRESSIVE THRASH METAL.
[ Cover art: Dimitri Patelis ]
A concept record in the truest sense of the word, the album features a mix of old-school crossover Thrash and technical/progressive Metal, and is a commentary on what is wrong with the world today.
[ Pic: Peter Tsiolis ]
A calling out of the masses to wake up and know the real enemy. The music is urgent, and the lyrics challenge the listener to seek the truth. In a world of monotonous uniformity, AFTERMATH stands out alone.
[ Pic: Peter Tsiolis ]
[ Pic: Aric Swaney ]
AFTERMATH • Online:
Email: • Peter Tsiolis
01. Can You Feel It? 00:45
02. False Flag Flying 05:59
03. Diethanasia 02:47
04. Scientists And Priest 05:33
05. Smash Reset Control 03:28
06. Gaslight 04:53
07. A Handful Of Dynamite 02:25
08. Temptation Overthrown 03:34
09. Pseudocide 06:53
10. There Is Something Wrong 06:38
11. Expulsion 04:23
total: 47:18 min.
Febr. 15th, 2019:
Digital release - Zoid Entertainment - InGrooves/The Label Group
March 15th, 2019:
Official European release -
Sleaszy Rider/Zoid Entertainment
August 23rd, 2019:
Physical CD in stores and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, FYE & other retailers
Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis • Vocals
Steve Sacco • Guitar
George Nektarios Lagis • Bass
Ray Schmidt • Drums
1994 • Eyes Of Tomorrow (full-length)
2011 • 25 Years Of Chaos (boxed set)
2015 • Killing The Future (re-release of 1987 demo)
2019 • There Is Something Wrong (full-length)
2020 • Give Peace A Chance (single)
AFTERMATH are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail
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