Moths to the Flame
Prytania Massive Songs
You know an album rocks when your first thought is "I HAVE to see these guys live." Prytania's sophomore effort is well-polished, expertly produced, and a fierce rock effort from start to finish.
One of the things that sets it apart is the subtle and effective use of electronic sampling. It never, however, takes center stage or serves as a substitute for the band's hard rock performance. Rather, it provides a moody, atmospheric backdrop, further darkening and directing attention to the player's musicianship—especially notable on the pulsating backbeat during the opener, "Dead Inside," and the anxious-yet-groovy techno-sway on "What Lies Beneath". Frontman Wayne Miller really steps up on this album. He constantly switches up his vocal harmonies—check out the laid-back refrain on the funky "Last Laugh"—complemented by vivid, haunting lyrics (particularly "What Lies Beneath" and "Hurt Like New," the album's stand out track). Closing things out is "Saint," a violent, passionate track that concludes the record with the same fuming fury that kicked off the opening track. Fans of modern rock acts like Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds to Mars and the Deftones will find much to enjoy from Moths to the Flame. If you're craving more and want to see these guys rock live, check them out at Hangar 13 in Mid-City on April 13.