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Nothing sinister, forward thinking or Coroner-like - 80%

Gutterscream, January 26th, 2009
Written based on this version: 1987, Cassette, Independent

With a speed of light, here’s-Wehrmacht-in-your-eye glory, early demo-era Aftermath is poles apart from the more mind-stretched physics contorting their ’94 self-released Eyes of Tomorrow. Well jeez, we’re talking seven years here. Voivod sounded more like deranged Pink Floyd than punk-troubled thrash in at least that much time, but the changes for these Chicago natives actually starts sometime in the two years after this demo’s sonic bullet is fired, but I’ll leave that for the review of ‘89’s Words That Echo Fear.

Killing the Future has five tracks that only irregularly slow down, let alone stop for sodas and snacks along the freeway. If the kids have to go to the bathroom, they’re in shit’s creek unless they want to piss out the window and piss off the cars behind ‘em. Yeah, this flying foursome are tight n’ compact customers, power-shifting with precision between the hairiest crossover and the liveliest ‘happy’ thrash, all the while making sure the trip doesn’t blow by like a laser beam to the core of tedium. A clear production keeps the grit off the windshield and anything else grainy to a minimum.

Charlie Tsiolis doesn’t share the throatshear of Wehrmacht's Tito Matos, but instead owns a normal, hurried ‘core shout that slows only for the street-level, mid-paced ‘core breakdowns that are logically and predictably strewn across this thing. The main allure of Killing the Future is in fact its throttle, usually wide open and unabashed like a bar fight gone to the next level, and again, if I have to wrap a nifty little velocity-wise comparison around ‘em, it’d be those keg tappin’ brothers-in-meth mentioned way above.

Granted, the songs tend to blear into the next unless you can pick out a chorus or two, but if you just take it for what it is at the moment it races across your frontal lobe, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Now on iTunes along with their '86 demo.