With an abundance of formulaic music in the digital age, many artists tend to get overlooked and brushed aside. Those who shine through, however, always seem to capture the same key elements: sincerity, raw energy, and passion. Afterimage, nominated Best Hard Rock/Metal Act by the Limelight Music Awards, exudes all three of these components, striving to capture the most entertaining and visceral display of emotion in every performance they deliver. Afterimage mixes a unique blend of alternative metal, shoegaze, and psychedelic rock to create a heavy and passionate new sound that is sure to last well after listening.
The members of the band formed Afterimage shortly after meeting each other at Keene State College in the fall of 2016. Throughout their college tenure, the band wrote original material as much as they could in between classes, and played shows across New England almost every weekend. Upon graduating in 2020, the band released their studio single “Six Seconds”, which ranked #1 on Boston Emissions Radio for 8 straight weeks. Soon after, Afterimage released their first studio EP, “Temperance”.
Temperance was met with great critical acclaim. It earned a 9/10 from DeadRhetoric.com, citing that Afterimage had a “hypnotic, captivating sound,” Boston Rock Radio applauded the EP, going on to say that “...Afterimage could very well be the next generation’s Aerosmith,” The August 2020 issue of Power Play Magazine gave Temperance an 8/10 rating, with specific praise toward guitarist Brandon Curcio.
In September 2022, Afterimage independently released their first studio LP "Dying Gaul", featuring the frantic lead single "Rot" with its accompanied music video, and the modern heavy hitter "Thinning".
Afterimage have played some of the most esteemed venues across New England, including the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA, the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT, the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA, and Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH. They have opened up for such acts as Morbid Angel, Secrets, and Hank Von Hell of Turbonegro.
The band is currently hard at work writing and recording new studio material, creating their own YouTube comedy series, and playing as many shows as they possibly can. Check their Facebook page for up to date show listings.
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"...AFTERIMAGE COULD VERY WELL BE THE NEXT GENERATION'S AEROSMITH."
-BOSTON ROCK RADIO
"Watching Afterimage perform on stage is getting the ultimate live experience people go to rock shows for! Raw, unleashed energy of a garage punk band combined with expert skills of academically trained musicians drawing from progressive rock influences simply makes it impossible to remain indifferent."
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium - Manchester, NH - April 2017
Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH - December 2018
Worcester Palladium - Worcester, MA - March 2019
The Webster Theater - Hartford, CT - June 2019
The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA - August 2019
Sonia - Cambridge, MA - October 2019
Jewel Nightclub - Manchester, NH - November 2019
Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA - January 2020
...and plenty of other smaller clubs and bars!
"I’ve worked with a lot bands over the years and as a professional guitarist back in the 70's and 80's, I know real talent when I see/hear it – and that’s Afterimage for sure... Afterimage is proof that the whole can be greater than just the sum of its parts. These five individual musicians have joined to create a unique musical group that you’ll never forget once you’ve seen or heard them perform. They don’t play like anyone else. They don’t sound like anyone else... because they will never be like anyone else."
-Tom Hettinger, HetCon Aviation