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Afterburn
Gone Ballistic
September 2001
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Thrash fans take note. From Tom Gattis, former member of Metal Blade recording act Wardog, comes Afterburn. I couldn’t tell you anything about Wardog, and Afterburn is a totally new name to me. But what I have here is a three-song demo of quality yet basic thrash metal. I swear this stuff could have been written in the ‘80s. It has that old-school power-thrash style, with quick guitar riffs, double bass, and shredding guitar leads. And there’s even a killer bass solo on this baby. This stuff reminds me of bands like early Overkill. In fact the vocals sound slightly like a cross between Blitz and David Wayne of Metal Church. What surprises me about this demo is its production. They could have done nothing to improve the sound quality. Everything sounds just like it should. Every instrument shines through, and the overall sound is perfect. But although this stuff is top-notch material for this genre of music, it doesn’t quite possess enough originality or uniqueness to make me go out and buy their debut album, if it ever comes to fruition. The songs are a little too simple and generic for me. But hey, I’ve gotten to be pretty damn picky with the music I’ve been checking out lately. So don’t mind me, do yourselves a favor and at least check these guys out if you’re heavily into thrash or power metal!! Afterburn is currently searching for label interest, and I would think they would get some because they are a damn solid band, even though they lack originality.



If you solely listen to thrash and power metal, I suggest you check Afterburn out. You’ll probably drool over this. But modern-day thrash just doesn’t cut it for me, and with my varied taste of metal and music in general, I think I’ll be checking out the Deeds of Flesh back catalogue, or some more of Al DiMeola’s acoustic works before I keep an eye out for a debut album from Afterburn.
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Afterburn
Gone Ballistic
September 2001
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: El Cid

To some of you the name of Tom Gattis must be very familiar, to some it might not be, but in any event I must say as a Tension fan when I heard he had put another band together I was very happy and intrigued.



For those of you that are not familiar with the name Tom Gattis, I’ll run a bit of history right now. Tom’s first band was formed in 1978 along with his high school friend Marty Friedman (of Megadeth fame) under the name Deuce. In 1981 Deuce put out a very sought after demo called “I’m Saved” and in 1982 the band had some changes with Friedman’s departure to later join Megadeth. The band changed its name to Tension in 1985 and put out the acclaimed masterpiece “Breaking Point”. In 1988 Tom left Tension to return to school and later formed a band called “Wardog” that was signed under Metal Blade records and played some big shows all over Europe including Metal heaven Wacken Open Air Festival. Tom left Wardog a bit later and teamed up with Tim O’Connor, Michael Scott and Peter Petev his current band Afterburn.



Gone ballistic is an extremely strong effort by this newly formed band, it features some excellent thrash metal influenced music with mind blowing bass leads and fast drumming that are guaranteed to turn your head. The way I see it as soon as this band gets signed by a metal label it will manage to work its way into the hearts of all of us metalheads to the point of becoming a favorite and this single will easily become one of the most sought after pieces of work in the world of metal.



In all I would STRONGLY recommend for all of you metalheads to email the labels and make them drop a mail to Tom at tomg@hoskineng.com so this excellent band from Phoenix will have a the shot it deserves at making it big time in the metal world.
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