Achilles (band)

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This article is about the band. For other uses, see Achilles (disambiguation).
Origin United States Rochester, New York, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, experimental rock, metalcore
Years active 2004 - present
Labels Hex Records, Farewell Party Records, Bloom Explode Records, Luchador Records
Associated acts Polar Bear Club, Soul Control, How We Are
Members Rory van Grol
Rob Antonucci
Josh Dillon
Chris Browne

Achilles is an American hardcore punk band from Rochester, Upstate New York. Formed in 2004, the band currently consists of Rory van Grol (vocals), Rob Antonucci (guitar), Josh Dillon (bass) and Chris Browne (drums).


Achilles formed in 2004 as a result of the demise of three local Rochester bands; Building on Fire, The Breaking Project and Standfast. Their primary influences are said to be Botch, Isis and Cave In, amongst others.[1] Later in 2004, the band released a 5-song self-titled EP,[2] which received fairly mixed reviews. They have since gone on to release two split albums; one with Engineer in January 2005[3] and one with Seven Bowls of Wrath in July 2006,[4] as well as two full-length studio albums; The Dark Horse in May 2005,[5] followed by Hospice in May 2007.[6] Both full-length's received mostly favourable reviews.

They have in the past few years become less active than when they started, due to other commitments like vocalist Rory Vangrol's hardcore punk band Soul Control[7] and drummer Chris Browne's post-hardcore/indie rock band Polar Bear Club,[8] which both are signed to Bridge Nine Records. Despite these projects starting out as side projects, they have both evolved into full-time projects over the past two years.[9][10] In April, 2007, guitarist Rob Antonucci became a father,[11] leaving also him with less time to commit. They did a three-week tour in Europe in July 2006 with help from the European label Bloom Explode Records, who released their split album with Seven Bowls of Wrath just prior to the tour.[12]


Current members[edit]

  • Rory van Grol - vocals (since 2004)
  • Rob Antonucci - guitar (since 2004)
  • Josh Dillon - bass (since 2004)
  • Chris Browne - drums (since 2004)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Information
2005 The Dark Horse
  • Released: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Hex Records
  • Formats: CD
2007 Hospice
  • Released: May 8, 2007 (CD), July 30, 2009 (vinyl)
  • Label: Hex Records (CD), Farewell Party Records (vinyl)
  • Formats: CD, 12" vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Year Information
2004 Achilles
  • Released: Autumn, 2004
  • Label: Luchador Records
  • Formats: CD

Split albums[edit]

Year Information
2005 Achilles/Engineer
  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Label: Hex Records
  • Formats: CD
2006 Achilles/Seven Bowls of Wrath
  • Released: June 28, 2006
  • Label: Bloom Explode Records
  • Formats: 12" vinyl


  1. ^ "Achilles Info". Achilles (Facebook page). Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ Rogowski, Jordan (2005-04-15). "Review: Achilles". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Split: Achilles/Engineer". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Seven Bowls of Wrath - Achilles / Seven Bowls of Wrath". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  5. ^ "The Dark Horse by Achilles". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Hospice by Achilles". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  7. ^ "SOUL CONTROL". Bridge Nine Records. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  8. ^ "POLAR BEAR CLUB". Bridge Nine Records. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Soul Control - Cycles". AsIce hardcore e-zine. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  10. ^ Isador, Grahamur. "Interview: Polar Bear Club". scenepointblank. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  11. ^ "November Update". Achilles (MySpace-blog). 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  12. ^ "(((out now))) ACHILLES / SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH - split - LP". Bloom Explode Records (MySpace-blog). 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2009-11-15.