AFTERSHOK Release Detonate Album; Two Audio Tracks Streaming
June 30, 2016, 2 years ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based classic heavy metal band, Aftershok, have just released their third full-length studio album, Detonate, via Auburn Records.
The album was recorded by Jim Dofka at JK Musicians Workshop in Washington, PA. Mastering was handled by veteran mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum, who has worked with artists such as Halford, Sepultura, Anvil, Dokken, Faith No More and Armored Saint, to name a few. Cover art and layout design was done by Alex Yarborough. Detonate is distributed in North America by Hells Headbangers, Big Cartel, Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes.
For this release, guitarist George Mihalovich and drummer George Borden joined forces with new vocalist Gord Sheffroth from New Brunswick, Canada to create 13 tracks of modern classic metal. Sheffroth replaces vocalist Vic Hix (Shok Paris) who appeared on the band's first two albums, Unfinished Business (2002) and Burning Chrome (2005).
“Although it has been a while since our last disc, we have been far from idle,” says Mihalovich. “I write quite a bit, and George Borden and I rehearse and arrange new material whenever we can. Simply put, it just took time to put the puzzle together and find the right vocalist for Detonate. I never expected the search would take us quite so far into the Great White North, but I believe it was worth the effort. Gord’s performance speaks for itself.”
Canadian vocalist Gord Sheffroth may be a newcomer to many, but he is actually a seasoned professional. “I was excited to do the disc, but there was certain level of anxiety to come in and try to pick up after the likes of vocal powerhouse Vic Hix and deliver at that level of talent and authenticity,” says Sheffroth. “In the final analysis, I am happy with what I brought to the band. I hope the metal community embraces the change – and maybe even requests a follow-up to 'Detonate' with me on it!”
And embrace it they have! Early fan response to Detonate in both North America and overseas in places like Germany, Greece, England and Japan has been overwhelmingly positive. The album was one of the top added at metal radio this week, debuting at #3 on CMJ's (College Music Journal) Loud Rock Chart.
“In my opinion, this is our most powerful and engaging music to date,” says Borden. “I love our other two releases, but this one is a bit special. It‘s the by-product of years of hard work and perseverance. 'Detonate' packs a punch while still maintaining true to our sound.”
“Detonate picks up where Burning Chrome left off and is a logical musical progression that retains strong ties to our past work,” adds Mihalovich. “This disc is probably a bit heavier, but regardless of any minor differences in style, the goal – as always – was to write the best songs possible.”
Detonate is Auburn Records first release of 2016. “I have been working with Aftershok behind the scenes since the very beginning of the band", says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "This is our second official release together on the label. I am really excited about this album! The songs are catchy and powerful, and the production top notch. New vocalist Gord Sheffroth is an amazing talent! It's great the metal world finally has a chance to hear this guy's incredible voice. He's won me over. Metal fans are going to love this album!”
"Prelude To Fear"
"Enter The Dark"
"Hang ‘Em High"
"The World United"
"Forever In Metal"
"When The Shadows Fall"
"Friend Or Foe"
"In The Eye Of The Storm"
"Ready To Rock"
"Under The Gun"
"Cities On Fire"
"Friend Or Foe”:
"Hang 'Em High”:
George Mihalovich - Guitar
Gord Sheffroth - Vocals
George Borden - Drums