Aftermath has been setting a very high bar in the thrash metal world for over thirty years. Since their debut in 1985 the band has navigated an ever-changing musical landscape, and influenced countless others along the way. They’ve always done things their own way, and they’ve outlasted labels, peers, and critics, but never their fans, who have been a loyal legion since the beginning.
It wasn’t always rainbows and roses, either. Whether it be a label folding in the middle of the recording process, or a landmark legal case with Interscope/Dr. Dre over the Aftermath name, time has tested the band. With experience comes wisdom, and on their new album There Is Something Wrong, the band continues to seamlessly fuse social commentary, unrivaled technical skills, and a rare knack for creating a thrash sound for the masses.
“Diethanasia” is the embodiment of the fury and fire that so powerfully defines Aftermath. In a darkened room with minimalist spotlights cast upon each member thrashing in a foggy soundstage, the quick cuts, muscular riffs, and furrowed brows by director Davo create an unrelenting visual experience, perfectly complimenting the frenetic energy of Aftermath.
On top of this wall of speed, lead singer Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis rips off a stream of blistering indictments of big pharma, big tech, and the games they play with our lives. In a chess match for control of the consciousness of the population, the common man and woman are little more than pawns and it is the mission of Aftermath to get them to wake up to the sinister realities around them.