Aftermath (American band)

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Aftermath
AftermathChicago.jpg
L-R Chris Waldron, Ray Schmidt, Kyriakos (Charlie) Tsiolis, Steve Sacco, John Lovette
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Heavy metal
Thrash metal
Years active 1985–1996
Labels Zoid Recordings
Therometer
Black Lotus Records
Area Death Productions
F.O.A.D
Associated acts mother god moviestar (Interscope)
Stripping the Pistol
Members Kyriakos Tsiolis
Steve Sacco
Ray Schmidt
John Lovette
Chris Waldron
Past members Adam
Danny Vega

Aftermath is a heavy metal band from Chicago formed in 1985. They have released two studio albums under two monikers and been involved in several compilation projects. They subsequently changed their name to Mother God Moviestar after a trademark dispute in which the band sued the rapper Dr. Dre.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Aftermath was a Chicago-based thrash metal band during the 1980s and 1990s. Its demos landed them in all of the top metal magazines around the world, including Kerrang, Metal Hammer, RIP, Raw and Metal Forces.[citation needed] Its Words that Echo Fear demo was picked by music journalist Don Kaye as one of the Ten Best Demos of the Year. The band's debut Eyes of Tomorrow has been released by multiple labels during the years and their demos continue to generate interest and fans around the world.[citation needed]

The Demos[edit]

Chicago based Aftermath, fronted by the Greece born Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis, formed in October 1985 when Charlie and his schoolmate Steve Sacco (Guitar) got together. This early incarnation with Adam (Bass) and Ray Schmidt (Drums) issued their first demo called 'Sentenced To Death' in 1986 featuring 'Sentenced to Death', 'Revenge', 'Shotgun' and 'The Aftermath'.

In 1987, they unleashed their second demo entitled ‘Killing The Future’ featuring the tracks ‘When Will You Die’, ‘Going No Place’, ‘Chaos’, ‘Meltdown’ and ‘War For Freedom’. The band pursued a mind blowing speed and technical brand of Thrash that soon set them apart from the pack.

The tracks "War For Freedom" & "When Will You Die" were both featured on the British ‘Metal Forces’ magazine compilation LP ‘Demolition: Scream Your Brains Out’ in 1988 Metal Forces. The LP featured tracks from Leviathan (Chris Barnes(Six Feet Under) on Vocals), Hobbs' Angel Of Death, Anacrusis & Atrophy. The appearance on the Metal Forces' compilation further expanded the band's international appeal.

By 1988, the musical direction was changing and Adam's raw and simple bass lines would soon be replaced with complex and technical bass parts handled at first by John Lovette. Ironically, John never played bass on any Aftermath recording and wasn't even a bass player. However, he wanted to join the band so badly, he came to the audition with a friend's bass he had just started to play. The speed and complex playing he displayed was something none of the members had ever seen before on bass. He landed the gig that day. When the band decided it was time to add a second guitarist, Lovette told his band mates of his desire to switch to guitar and for the first time he came clean, he was a guitar player pretending to be a bass player all along. His bass playing was surpassed by his guitar skills, the band found its second guitar player, but unfortunately, the search for a bass player was back on. Luckily, the search (for the time being, anyway) ended with Danny Vega. His warm and precise playing was the perfect complement to the guitar playing of Lovette and Sacco and worked amazingly well with Schmidt's powerful drumming. With Lovette handling most of the song writing duties, Aftermath was about to make an unbelievable musical change.

By 1989, that change brought on by Lovette's writing and the band's musical tastes and stylings had slowed and matured as evidenced by the release of the underground classic demo ‘Words That Echo Fear’.

The 1990s[edit]

As the new decade approached and their international underground success continued to increase, Aftermath was about to embark on the search for yet another bass player (Chris Waldron), label negotiations, label bankruptcy, the recording of their debut and a trademark battle.

The Eyes of Tomorrow saga[edit]

In 1990, based on the huge international success of the Words that Echo Fear demo, the metal label RoadRacer Records (a subsidiary of Roadrunner Records) approached the band for a demo deal, which resulted in a live four track demo featuring the songs ‘Eyes of Tomorrow’, ‘Afraid Of Time’, ‘The Act Of Unspoken Wisdom’ and 'Reflecting Pictures". Negotiations eventually broke down and Aftermath signed to New York’s Big Chief Records. The label's collapse halfway through the recording sessions led to a long delay in finishing the record. While the band struggled to pay the studio bill, the album the band started to record in 1990 would not see the light of day for four years. The experience left the band reeling and forced them to issue the album under their own steam with the help of their manager through Zoid Recordings in 1994. Four long years had passed since the initial recordings for the record"Eyes Of Tomorrow" and the scene had changed.

The album was subsequently re-released on Thermometer Sound Surface / Zoid and released yet again four years later on Black Lotus Records in a remastered version.

Trademark dispute[edit]

Quite famously, Aftermath the act, lost a notable court case Tsiolis v. Interscope. Records. Inc., 946 F.Supp. 1344, 1349 (N.D.III. 1996) with high-profile millionaire rapper Dr. Dre over the ownership of the name. The Rapper reportedly made a conciliatory offer of some $50,000 for rights to use the name but would go ahead and use it regardless. Fortunately for the band, this period of turmoil had built bridges with Interscope Records. After the name change to Mother God Moviestar, they signed to Interscope for the eponymous Electro-Metal debut of March 1998. The case has been studied in law schools around the nation related to the issue of trademark dilution.[4]

The legal battle and Mother God Moviestar[edit]

In January 1997 the group, retaining a stable lineup but augmenting their sound with the addition of DJ Delta 9 and female vocalist Roxanne, retitled themselves Mother God Moviestar, opting to pursue an alternative Rock direction.

Aftermath has continued to receive critical acclaim as one of the major influences in the genre. The band is featured on pages 9 and 10 of Gary Sharpe-Young's A - Z of Thrash Metal, available on Cherry Red Books.[5]

Discography[edit]

Demos
  • Sentenced To Death (1986)
  • Killing the Future (1987)
  • Words that Echo Fear (1989)
Compilations
  • Metal Forces' Scream Your Brains Out
Full-length
  • Eyes of Tomorrow (1994) Re-issued
  • mother god moviestar (Interscope) 1998 under the name mother god moviestar
Upcoming releases
  • 25 Years of Chaos - Box Set (Area Death Productions) (2010–11)
  • When Will You Die (1986–1989) Vinyl (F.O.A.D Records) TBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Aftermath". metal-aes.comrchiv. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "IUMA: mother god moviestar". archive.org. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aftermath". metalcorefanzine.com. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Trademark Dilution: Federal, State, and International Law - David S. Welkowitz - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]