Label: Rapid Fire Records
Here is cool little band coming out of Canada I heard about from an email I received from their record label. Antioch is no nonsense band that plays straight ahead heavy metal that resembles a bit of Manilla Road, NWOBHM and more currently a little bit of Visigoth.
With the opening track ‘Wings of Pterodactyl Fire’ the band is hitting on all cylinders both musically and vocally. This song is a pure classic heavy metal song and should be a classic for the band as their career progresses. It is fast, catchy and head banging great. The next two songs, ‘Culling of Souls’ and ‘Forged in Light’ carry on along the same vein with a galloping or catchy riffs and traditional metal fist pumping action.
It is when we get to track four where the pace changes a bit with ‘The Stand of Time’. The band REALLY slows down on this one. I guess every album has to have a slow one it and this is it. However, for me this track does nothing for me though there may be others who like it.
After this we are offered the song ‘Return of the Warlock’ which seems to have either a second vocalist, a guest vocalist or the main singer really has a DYNAMIC range because the vocals on this track are nothing like the previous tracks. The vocals here hit very high pitch to more a guttural sound. So this one is a bit different.
Overall, this is a great old school heavy metal album from a group of guys who get what old school heavy metal should be about and not just a band who records with an analog sound and think they are staying true.
Do yourself a favor and go to the band’s Bandcamp page and give them a listen and strap on your spiked glove and pump that fist high in the air!