Pythia - The Serpent’s Curse
With second album The Serpent's Curse, gothic troubadours Pythia have almost perfected the shameless cheesy power metal that both fulfils the dreams of all dorky teenagers dreaming of women in enhancing corsets, and places leading lady Emily Ovenden on a pedestal for young goth girls to idolise and aspire to. And the album really is all about Emily as she launches herself and her theatrically boisterous, sexy voice and, more importantly, a tuneful, performance that is so over the top it strangely works.
The lyrics are suitably ridiculous, with some comical rhyming that you can only get away with in such tongue-in-cheek genres: try "I think we've done our very best" with "To fill this hollow in my chest", and "counterfeit life" opposite "kissing the knife". Unfortunately, the backing music isn't up to much as it rattles through bog standard power metal at breakneck pace, with a few melodious riffs and some punchy palm-muted strumming to add a weighty backdrop that doesn't distract from the main attraction. Pythia have managed to produce a fun, if unchallenging, album in The Serpent's Curse, one that is vaguely alluring - in an odd way.