June 27, 2021

Antioch is a Canadian heavy metal band from Ontario which was formed in 2013 and has released a couple of EPs and three full albums. The band has kept with the Roman numeral system for numbering their work with the bands first output being an EP in 2014 simply called Antioch which means that the full album debut is actually Antioch II which can be a touch confusing. The band was a traditional 4-piece for all of their earlier releases but it seems that they have now parted company with the lead guitarist Alex Dupuis prior to the release of Antioch V which is another EP with a running time of 27-minutes so not a full album by any means but still enough quality music to get into and enjoy.

Antioch has therefore become another Canadian three–piece which may or may not be permanent but it does seem to suit their all action and high energy output. The band operates very much under the New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal but, understandably, they owe a great deal to NWOBHM and the classic metal bands of the ’70s and ’80s. The band now lines up with Nicholas Allaire on vocals and the two Rhyno brothers with Jordan on guitar and bass and Brendan on drums. Musically, the band is in the usual territory of Judas Priest, Manowar, Angel Witch and a touch of Accept. Allaire has a sound of Rob Halford and Udo Dirkschneider with his register being much lower than that of Halford’s but that doesn’t stop him revelling in the usual high pitched screams that suit metal so well.

The band delivers screaming metal that is unrelenting, heavy and direct with enough drums and bass to stun an elephant. The guitar work of Jordan Rhyno is riff heavy and he provides some real quality solos too but I can’t help but feel that the mercurial skills of Dupuis are missed and the band has a better and fuller sound with him contributing to the proceedings. It will be interesting to see if the band does recruit a full time lead guitarist as they are more than capable of rocking out big style with just the three of them but they are a more awesome proposition with the added depth that a lead guitarist gives.

V track list

  1. Hang The Eagle (4:17)
  2. On A Ledge (4:57)
  3. A Facade At The Third Castle (7:24)
  4. Demon Wick (5:09)
  5. Cloven Hooves (5:03)