Pythia - Biography




Pythia are a group of classical- and metal-inspired musicians who believe that music is a lifestyle that should be lived only by the brave and true of heart. Fronted by Emily Alice Ovenden, a published novelist and member of the number one selling band Mediaeval Baebes, Pythia were brought together by a love of Gothic literature and metal.

Emily Alice grew up in a mock Gothic castle in Cornwall as the daughter of infamous rural artists Graham and Annie Ovenden and began singing and writing ghost stories at an early age. The themes that she grew up with have naturally influenced her songwriting but, says Emily: "Pythia is a band dedicated to making music which not only incorporates Gothic themes but also the themes of power metal which we feel help to give strength and positivity to the darker side of our stories."

Musical pedigrees within the band stem from UK rock and thrash metal projects such as Descent and Head On. Drummer Marc Dyos and guitarists Ross White and Tim Neale are joined by relative newcomer, bass player Andy Nixon-Corfield and their combined power metal riffs and palpitations are embellished with epic keyboards from Richard Holland.

With just a handful of live shows under their belt. Pythia have already supported some impressive acts such as Tarja (ex-Nightwish), Ministry and Fields Of The Nephelim. After a series of spectacular shows at some of the UK's most prestigious venues, including Shepherd's Bush Empire, The Forum and The Electric Ballroom, Pythia were chosen to represent the female Gothic community at one of the UK's largest metal festivals: Bloodstock Open Air 09. Pythia performed on the new Sophie Lancaster stage as a tribute to the murdered teen on Saturday 15th August 2009.

Production on Pythia's debut album "Beneath The Veiled Embrace" was completed with Danish mix-master Jacob Hansen at the finish line who is best known for his work on prominent metal acts such as Rob Rock, Destruction, Hatesphere, Fear My Thoughts, Heaven Shall Burn, Without Grief and most recently The Wildhearts. "Beneath The Veiled Embrace" features a special guest appearance from the one and only Brian Blessed, and was released in October 2009.