Pythia, Triaxis and Metaprism
22nd January, 2016
Review and Photography by Graham Hilling
Arriving soon after the doors open at the Boston Music Room, I’m a bit surprised that there is only a handful of people in attendance for openers Metaprism. This is a 6 piece band, playing melodic metal with a raw edge.
There are two vocalists, Theresa Smith provides melodic sung vocals and this is complimented very well by Jut Tabor who provides harsh aggressive vocals as well as harmonies when they are called for.
As you’d expect, the two vocalists take centre stage and both look completely at home, defying the small audience not to get into the music. The songs are surprisingly well rounded, especially given that the band has only been in existence since 2012.
With a full length album under their belts (The Human Encryption) and several appearances at big name festivals I would urge you to check them out at your earliest convenience.
The sound in the Boston Music Room this evening is also half decent, and although they only play a shortish set, Metaprism definitely make an impression. Their enthusiasm for performance is catching and I predict good things for this bunch in 2016.
Next up are Triaxis from Wales. They’ve brought a heap of people with them too and this swells the numbers in the small room very nicely.
It soon transpires that a couple of the members of Triaxis are calling it a day after this short set of gigs (drummer Giles and rhythm guitarist CJ). This does give the gig an extra umph, making it somewhat of an event.
While Triaxis are not note perfect, they certainly know how to put on a show and to shine brightly in the live arena. Indeed, they make this evenings performance something very impressive. Sadly, the sound has taken a bit of a nose dive with the mix lacking any real bite.
The performance makes up for this though with the punters hardly noticing. Indeed, many members of the audience are obviously mates with the band and this makes for a unique atmosphere.
Playing a set almost exclusively from the latest album, Zero Hour, Triaxis start the set with “Liberty”, setting the tone for the whole set, Krissies voice sounding strong and assured. The lead guitar of Glyn sounding precise and nailed. “Stand Your Ground” shows the more rocky side of Triaxis.
“Lest We Forget”, with its’ piano intro shows another side of the band again. All lapped up by a crowd who clearly were here specifically for Triaxis. They finish the set with “Black Trinity” with its’ “you reap what you sow….” lyric ringing in my ears.
Because of quite slow change overs between the bands by the time Pythia take to the stage they are going to be pushed for time to complete a full set. And to compound matters, the crowd dissipates quite a bit after Triaxis finish leaving Pythia playing to a pretty poor turnout really.
Never the less they play on like the troopers they are, a more thoroughly professional outfit you’d be hard pressed to find.
Founding member and vocalist Emily Ovenden left the band in June 2015 and this gave rise to a period of inactivity where everyone concentrated on other projects.
In October, her replacement was announced as Sophie Dorman, and this is the first time I’ve seen Pythia with her singing.
Starting with “Kings Ruin” from the Shadows of a Broken Past album, they sound really good and Sophie can definitely cut the mustard vocal wise. However, Emily Ovenden was always going to be pretty difficult to replace, both vocally and stage presence wise. Her distinctive vocal style is something that Sophie could definitely mould to her own style, she certainly has the voice for it.
Where she fails at the moment is in her stage presence. Looking quite nervous and a little uncomfortable at times this is obviously something she will be able to overcome the more gigs she does.
Putting this to one side, there is very little to fault in the performance of Pythia, they sound tighter than ever and the songs, many of which come from the 2014 album Shadows of a Broken Past, are well constructed with just the right balance of melody, aggression and hooks. Also, Mark Harrington has the most minimalist bass playing style I’ve ever seen, if you play bass you’ll appreciate this!
I look forward to new recordings where Sophie can really stamp her personality on the material, my advice would be to not lose any time on this – get writing and get in the studio to record as soon as you can!