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PYTHIA have revealed details of their long awaited second album. ‘The Serpent’s Curse’, will be released on 27th February 2012 on Golden Axe via Genepool/Universal in the UK.

Just in time for Yule Tide, PYTHIA will release advance single, 'Betray My Heart', on 19th of December on an extremely limited edition coloured vinyl 7”, with a remixed version appearing on the B-side, and CD/Digital download with an extra little surprise for the more angelic at heart…

Guitarist Ross comments, ‘Betray My Heart is a dark, heavy and very 'full on' song. Heavy Riff after heavy riff, pummeling drums, layers of epic keys and Emily's trademark soaring, emotion drenched vocals full of dark yet catchy melodies. This ain’t no sugar-coated pop metal, it's dark symphonic power-thrash metal!’

The band have also completed work on a video to accompany the single, drummer Marc comments "This video was all about capturing the energy and emotion of both the song itself, and the band's live shows. Pounding and aggressive, yet intimate and emotive, personal and introspective, but spewing forth a venomous assault". The video was filmed at the majestic St. John's of Hackney at the end of summer; a fitting baptism by fire for new bassist Mark Harrington who has fitted in to the line up like a wandering bard, finally finding his way home!

Mark’s first response on coming through the door was ‘Whew…. These guys are nuts, what have I let myself in for’, but was followed by ‘It's a real honour to be providing the bottom-end rumble to such a sterling bunch of metal warriors! I'm really looking forward to the exciting things we have planned in the next few months...’

Quote from band about filming the video/excitement about releasing new album 'During the making of ‘The Serpent's Curse’ we encountered the highs and lows of human experience. From the darkness of death to the wonder of birth as a band we faced these colossal events united. This album sprung from our endeavours to understand the circle of life, the mighty force of nature and our fight for survival.'

Both physical single formats of ‘Betray My Heart’ and a limited CD/DVD edition of ‘The Serpent’s Curse’ will be available for pre-order this Friday, 25th November. The pre-order will also serve as the artwork ‘reveal’ of the stunning album artwork completed by Brian Froud [Star Wars, Labyrinth] and single artwork completed by Gurdish Haugsdal, along with a full website update.

PYTHIA will play a headline show in Kingston @ The Peel on 25 NOV 2011.

Writer: Anthony May
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