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Antioch - Return of the Warlock

One For The Roade - 75%

CHAIRTHROWER, October 24th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2016, Cassette, Independent

Ineluctably galvanized as I am by Windsor, Ontario's Antioch, feel the need to pay the devil, or rather, warlock, its due, considering he made such a swell return...you could even say "speedy's here"...

Turgid inside-joke aside, the traditionalist quartet proffered, back in '17, a quaintly rocking sneak-preview of what's to come; namely, mid-tempo and seizing, classic heavy metal forged from the same gripping and melodious alloy which brought, to untold minions the World over, the killer likes of J. Priest and Canada's very own "3 Pouces de Sang", you dig?

Opening with a craggy "You Fool!", as well as medieval-like guitar progression and diabolic, razor-honed riff a la Advance & Vanquish (for those not in know, now's a good time to do your homewerk), the independent cassette's A side and "Return of the Warlock" single - which, mind, reappears months later on the gang's Antioch III: Wings and Warlock release - mercurially showcases each member's clubbing skills, from the battery's whacking, harried fulminations eighty seconds in, to the lone ax man's accessibly cruising, oft chromatically founded fretwork amidst a rather unhinged albeit weirdly composed, if not rebelliously sanguine, vocalist who appoints archaic Old World flair to the proceedings. (To wit, aforementioned "clubbing" precludes sangrias, Bloody Caesars, and/or "lady boys".).

Axe-tually, this mage's comeback is amongst the most varied and well-rounded (track) in Antioch's conservative, yet rapidly growing, disco - here we go again with night life inferences, (ya)eh? Heedless, the incremental, neo-classical styled bridge and slow-burn anticipation inherent to this 5.5 minute-r easily leaves one clamoring for more, much like 3IOB's iconically crowd-pleasing "Deadly Sinners" and further fan fav "Revenge Is A Vulture" induce fervent clawing i.e. anticipation.

As for B side's deadly cover of JP's "Rocka Rolla", what else can be said other than the fact I prefer it over Wolf's version, yet not quite as much as São Po's Living Metal's, which is chunky as fuck, if not downright muscled and toned compared to groveling aspirants to the roll. Regardless, the front man's voice stunningly matches Rob Halford's, while I certainly appreciate the added, little zinging trill buddy tacked on to the main, galloping guitar riff. Plus, no matter who sings or reprises it, we can never fully get enough of that sizzling refrain, first blowing radio towers to smithereens back in '74, as the original "metal gods"'s introductory (feral) lunge at the masses.

In general, any self-respecting follower of the Northern "nwothm" scene would do well to check out Antioch!