The Afterimage

The Afterimage was a Canadian progressive metalcore band from Barrie, Ontario.[1] The band formed in 2011 with members from local bands such as Centuries Apart and The Prologue--vocalist Kyle Anderson, guitarists Alex Lappano and Mike Ticar, drummer Nick McCaslin, and bassist Dallas Bricker.[2]

The Afterimage
OriginBarrie, Ontario, Canada
GenresProgressive metalcore, mathcore, progressive rock, post-hardcore
Years active2011–2018
LabelsTragic Hero Records, Famined Records, Ghost Music, Royal Division Entertainment
Associated actsCenturies Apart, The Prologue, Brand of Sacrifice
WebsiteAfterimage The Afterimage on Facebook
MembersKyle Anderson
Michael Leo Valeri
Liam Beeson
Dallas Bricker
Rob Zalischi
Alex Lappano
Mike Ticar
Nick McCaslin
Sam Jacobs
Asher Ally
Andrew Wilson



On May 24, 2012, The Afterimage released their debut single titled "Void" from their first EP Formless which was released in North America through Famined Records on August 14, 2012 and Ghost Music in the UK.[3] This EP was received very well as it showcased the band's creativity and talent in four tracks.[4]

Following the release of Formless, The Afterimage hit the road and spent August 2012 touring Eastern Canada with Ascariasis and Stormwalker.[5] It was on this tour that the band met Ascariasis guitarist Michael Leo Valeri, who would join the band the following year. The band was able to land a slot at the KOI Music Festival in Kitchener, Ontario in September.[6] From October 20-November 5 the band went on another Canadian tour, this time with labelmates Three Crowns.[7] Famined then released a free 4th of July Summer Sampler, with songs from the two bands.[8]

In 2013, the band released three singles: "Pathogen", "Unseen" and "The Seeking". The Afterimage toured across Canada in 2013 with Beheading of a King[9] and Take the Earth Beneath Us from February 21- March 16.[10]

The Afterimage then signed with Royal Division Entertainment and released the single "O N Y X" on April 13, 2014.[11]


On August 28, 2015, The Afterimage released their eight-track EP Lumière (EP) through Tragic Hero Records.[12][13] The band's new song "Reach" was featured on Guitar World with a play-through video.[14] From September 4–20, The Afterimage toured with ERRA, Polyphia, and Invent, Animate.[15] The new EP was engineered by Valeriote at Sundown Studios and Nick Sampson at Metro 37 Studios and mixed and mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio.


In May of 2018, The Afterimage released their debut album, Eve.[16] In June, they headlined a 10-band concert in Ottawa.[17]


The band announced their break-up via social media on September 22, 2018. It was later revealed that they were no longer with Tragic Hero, and had rebranded to become the technical deathcore act 'Brand of Sacrifice'. [18]


The Afterimage incorporated elements of melody, chaos, technicality, and groove in their music. They had extremely detailed guitar riffs and technical breakdowns and pleasant-sounding bridges that created their distinct brand of metalcore. Their use of clean vocals is apparent on nearly every track on Lumière (EP). The Afterimage was influenced by Meshuggah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Dance Gavin Dance, The 1975 and Tesseract.[19]



  • The Seeking (2012)[20]
  • Pathogen (2013)[21]
  • Unseen (2013)[22]
  • O N Y X (2014)
  • Pursue (2017)[23]
  • Cerulean (2018)[24]


2012 Formless (EP)
  • Released: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Famined Records (NA) Ghost Music (UK)
2015 Lumière (EP)
2018 Eve



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  4. ^ (2013-11-04)."Review: The Afterimage- Formless". Sputnik Music. Retrieved on 2016-02-19.
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  6. ^ "KOI Music Fest 2012 Schedule". Studio A Audio Recording. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Events - THREE CROWNS/THE AFTERIMAGE..." Facebook. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Famined Records Releases Free Sampler". Metal Underground. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
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  12. ^ "The Afterimage ‎– Lumière". Discogs. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  13. ^ (2015-08-12)."The Afterimage sign with Tragic Hero Records"
  14. ^ Fanelli, Damian. "The Afterimage Premiere "Reach", Sept 2015". Guitar World. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  15. ^ Sharp, Tyler. (2015-05-26)."Erra, Polyphia more announce tour". Alternative Press. Retrieved on 2016-02-19.
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  18. ^ "Brand of Sacrifice | Wiki | Metal Amino". Retrieved 12 October 2020.
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  21. ^ "The Afterimage - Pathogen". YouTube. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  22. ^ "Unseen". YouTube. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  23. ^ "THE AFTERIMAGE - Pursue". YouTube. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  24. ^ "THE AFTERIMAGE - Cerulean". YouTube. Retrieved 24 January 2022.