Empire Productions presents: 30 years of Ignorance Tour
Aftermath, Byzantine, Predator
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 17 and over
Sacred Reich is a Phoenix, Arizona based thrash metal band that formed in 1985. Singer/songwriter Phil Rind’s interest was in socially-conscious and political speed metal. After several records on Metal Blade, they signed to Hollywood Records for a short stint, but later returned to Metal Blade to continue their musical career. The band split in 2000.
Former drummer Dave McClain went on to join Machine Head (3) in 1995. Lead guitarist Wiley Arnett went on to form The Human Condition with St. Madness vocalist Prophet in July of 2000.
In the summer of 2006, Wiley Arnett brought his recording equipment to his accountant's house in Arizona and produced the demo for the band A Tragic Comedy.
In 2007, the band reunited to play several shows in Europe, including Wacken Open Air. Since then, their groundbreaking debut and first EP have been rereleased with extra unreleased material, titled “Surf Ignorance”. However, according to an interview with bassist/vocalist Phil Rind, there are no plans to record a new Sacred Reich album.
In 2009, the band’s second full length album "The American Way" was reissued by Displeased Records with added bonus tracks. The band again went to Europe in the Summer to tour some clubs and festivals.
Their live performance at Wacken Open Air 2009 is available on CD and DVD.
In 2010 the third album "Indepedent" was reissued, again by Displeased Records, with 3 EPs as bonus tracks.
Phil Rind — vocals, bass (1985–2000, 2006-)
Wiley Arnett — lead guitar (1986–2000, 2006-)
Jason Rainey — rhythm guitar (1985–2000, 2007-)
Greg Hall — drums (1985–1991, 1996–2000, 2007-)
Dan Kelly — vocals (1985–1986)
Jeff Martinek — guitar (1985–1986)
Dave McClain — drums (1991–1995)
The Chicago based, progressive thrash metal band Aftermath, fronted by the Greek born Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis, was formed in October 1985 when Charlie and his schoolmate Steve Sacco (guitar) got together. This early incarnation with Adam (bass) issued their first demo called "Sentenced To Death" in 1986 featuring "Sentenced To Death", "Revenge", "Shotgun" and "The Aftermath".
In 1987, followed their underground acclaimed 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 technical minded brand of thrash metal that soon set them apart from the pack.
"War For Freedom" and "When Will You Die" were both featured in the British ‘Metal Forces’ magazine compilation LP Various - Metal Forces Presents...Demolition - Scream Your Brains Out ! in 1988, among tracks from Leviathan (with Chris Barnes on vocals), Hobbs Angel Of Death, Anacrusis (2) and Atrophy (2).
John Lovette filled in as bass player when Adam left. John never played bass on any Aftermath recordings but he wrote most of "Words That Echo Fear". He later switched to second guitar when Danny came in. Another demo "Words That Echo Fear" featuring bassist Danny Vega was released prior to the band demoing for Roadracer Records. A live four-track demo featuring the songs "Eyes Of Tomorrow", "Afraid Of Time", "The Act Of Unspoken Wisdom" and "Reflecting Pictures" was released.
Negotiations broke down however and Aftermath signed to New York’s Big Chief Records. However, this label collapsed forcing Aftermath to issue the album under their own steam on the private Thermometer imprint with Chris Waldron on bass duties. Chris was in the band the longer as a bass player and the best fit for the band.
In January of 1997 the group retaining a stable line up but augmenting their sound with the addition of DJ Delta 9 and female vocalist Roxanne and renamed themselves Mother God Moviestar opting to pursue an alternative rock direction.
An interesting fact is that Aftermath lost a notable court case with high profile millionaire rapper Dr. Dre over the ownership of the name. The rapper reportedly made a concilitary offer of some $50,000 for rights to use the name but would go ahead and use it regardless. Fortunately the band in this period of turmoil had built bridges with Interscope Records, with whom they signed for their (electro-metal) debut album.
Last known line-up :
Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis - vocals
John Lovette (*) (aka John Lazerty, John Lazety) - guitar
Steve Sacco - guitar
Chris Waldron - bass
Ray Schmidt - drums
(*) John Lovette and John Lazety are the same person. The printer typed his name wrong on the Various - Metal Forces Presents...Demolition - Scream Your Brains Out ! compilation LP, but a writer thought they were 2 different people and then it was printed that way in a lot of magazines.
Byzantine is a heavy metal band from Charleston, West Virginia, that was formed in 2000. As of March 2016, the band consists of front-man and co-founder Chris "OJ" Ojeda, Brian Henderson, Matt Bowles and Sean Sydnor.
Predator is a Thrash Metal band from Chicago IL.