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10th June 2013

Pythia broke the news with this statement: Greetings to the great unwashed! It may seem like things are quiet on the PYTHIA front but in fact there is a great amount of activity going on behind the scenes.

We are close to completing the writing stage of our next album and Dyos, ever keen and prepared, has already completed the drum recordings. In sad news Pythia has recently made some lineup changes and we wave goodbye to both Lead Guitarist Tim Neale and Keyboard Player Richard Holland.

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We have had great times and experiences with them both and have made some music together that we are all very proud of. However we have all agreed that the time has come to go our separate ways to best enable Pythia to march onwards and for them both to be able to focus on other things. We wish them all the luck in the world, we remain good friends and will certainly be meeting up for beers soon.

Tim Says, "It's been a fantastic 5 years being a member of Pythia, and I am very proud of all we achieved; not only as a band, but as individuals as well. However, time has come for me to hang up my armour and move on. The chaps in Pythia will of course remain very dear to me, and the friendships with the band are still as strong as ever.... It is simply time for me to move on, and with the advent of certain recent developments musically and personally for me, everyone involved in the Pythia camp agreed that this was for the best of all involved. And so, dear reader, it is with great thanks and a LOT of happy memories that for now I leave the phenomenon that is Pythia wishing them nothing but the best and all the success they have earned."

Rich says "It's with some sadness that I announce my departure from Pythia after 5 years of writing and recording keyboards with the band. Family commitments have now made continued work with the band very difficult and for this reason I have chosen to stand down. I joined the band as a power-metal newbie, so the learning curve was a steep one. The creative challenges working with the band came thick and fast but they were always extremely rewarding and I'm very proud of the first two studio albums and the singles we have released so far. I would like to thank Pythia for giving me the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing again, at a time when they had long since stopped, and at the same time allowing me to explore an avenue of previously undiscovered (and brilliant) music. I would like to thank the fans for their continued support and loyalty towards the band, and their kind words and encouragement. Whist I have never made it onstage with the band, their passion and commitment on and offstage has always been evident and I wish them every success with their next album and in the future."

After much sad news we return to joyous celebrations and welcome two new members to the troops. Joining us on guitar is Oz Wright. Oz has played a couple of shows with Pythia before and is an exceptionally talented musician, so look forward to some startling fret work on the next album. He also plays in the hard-hitting hard-rock band Motherload and was formally a member of Head-on alongside Ross.

Oz says "I’m really looking forward to laying down my parts on the new album as well as catching up with Ross, Emily and Marc again. It's been nearly 3 years since I last played with the band so looking forward to playing some new tunes!"

And on keys we welcome Marcus Matusiak. Marcus is a classically trained organist and has been involved Powermajus, Matron, The Grim Sweeper, DorEterna and Carnivale.

Marcus says, "I have been a huge fan of Pythia for several years so I was extremely excited to be offered the opportunity to work with the band on their upcoming releases. I hope to combine my skills gained as a professional organist and music analyst with my years of experience and passion for metal to continue to build on the great sound that Rich has brought to the band."

Both Oz and Marcus are hard at work on the new Pythia album as we speak! Emily, Dyos, Mark and Ross are hugely excited about the fresh blood and new enthusiasm that these guys bring, so watch out PYTHIANS this is going to be one hell of a ride.

The new album is expected to be due for release at some point later this year but in true Pythia style we can make no promises regarding exact release dates yet. The only promise we can make is that we will continue to dedicate ourselves to making the music we love and rocking until we drop!

Til Death or Glory!



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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