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Below is our complete Theocracy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
U.S. power metal band Theocracy has been busy working on a new album to follow 2011's "As The World Bleeds," and a teaser trailer can now be found below. The group comments:
"Unfortunately there was no time to record a new Christmas song this year, but we thought you might like a sneak peek at some songs from the new album instead. Merry Christmas, and enjoy!"
Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy is happy to announce that original drummer Shawn Benson will record the drums on the group's upcoming fourth album.
Benson played drums on 2011's "As the World Bleeds" and 2008's "Mirror of Souls," as well as the 2013 re-release of Theocracy's self-titled debut album.
The band is in the early stages of recording, and is excited to showcase Benson's unique style on the upcoming release, which will be Theocracy's third through Swedish label Ulterium Records. Below you can see studio footage of Benson playing one of the new songs. More...
Theocracy is currently working on the follow-up to the band's previous self-titled album, and now the band has issued the following brief recording update:
"Hope you had a great weekend! We did. Matt finished recording vocals for the title track for the new album, and it's sounding killer! Can't wait for you to hear it. Another week of hard work on the way. Have a great day, and look for more updates soon!" More...
Melodic metal band Theocracy just released a new holiday song, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Merry Christmas 2014 from Theocracy! We wanted to do another traditional Christmas song for you this year, and we decided to do something a bit different by doing a (mostly) acoustic version.
"We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you and your families nothing but the best this holiday season. Thanks for another great year of support, and look for a new album from us in 2015!" More...
The first date for the Pain of Salvation/Vangough North American tour (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com) doubled as ProgPower USA’s unofficial “Midweek Mayhem” show on September 10th in Atlanta, Georgia at The Loft music venue. Power metal band Theocracy joined for a set in-between the two bands to balance out the power- and progressive-metal for the evening with a powerful galloping energy. In the style of the three bands combined, here is a lyrical retelling of the experience of that show by writer Frank Serafine. More...
Before the main festivities of the annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, the tradition has been to hold a "Midweek Mayhem" show as well as an additional Thursday "Kick-off" show to unofficially extend the festival weekend two days. In keeping with tradition, the September 10th show happens to be the start of the MetalUnderground.com-sponsored Pain of Salvation tour, with backup from the upstart progressive band Vangough and righteous power metal band Theocracy.
With the show being over 80% sold out, the show's organizer, Milton Mendonca, issued an update and a special contest for Midweek Mayhem 2015, the text of which follows. More...
After splitting with the band's drummer earlier this year, Theocracy has now checked in with this announcement about recruiting a new member:
"Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy is excited to announce the addition of drummer Patrick Nickell to the lineup.
"Patrick is originally from Nashville, TN, and brings 13 years of drumming experience to the band. His power and progressive metal background is a perfect fit for Theocracy, and the band is thrilled to see where this new musical union leads them.
"Theocracy first met Patrick several years ago when he was a member of Nashvilles Oblivion Myth, and when the time came to begin searching for a new drummer, he was one of the first candidates they auditioned. It was immediately apparent to everyone that he was the perfect fit, both musically and personally. He has the skills to faithfully excecute all of the older material, while bringing his own brand of power, finesse and flair.
"To offer the fans a small glimpse of what he can do, the band recorded a live in-studio performance of the As the World Bleeds track 'Nailed,' which can be seen below. Theocracy's first live performance with Patrick will be a private show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in late August, followed by Midweek Mayhem at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA, September 10." More...
Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy regrets to announce the departure of longtime drummer Shawn Benson, who will be pursuing other interests. The band comments:
"Continued work conflicts and scheduling issues simply made it impossible to move forward, so both parties amicably agreed that it was time for a change to be made. There are no hard feelings on either side, and the band wishes Shawn nothing but the best in the future."
“To be honest, I’m pretty devastated about this, as I expected to be playing with Shawn for as long as we kept going,” says vocalist Matt Smith. “But he is moving into a different phase of his life and could no longer give the commitment it takes to be in a band, so ultimately this is the only solution for all parties involved. I’d like to personally thank Shawn for helping to bring three albums from my imagination to reality, and his contributions can never be overstated. He will always be a part of the Theocracy family.”
In the interest of moving forward, Theocracy is beginning to look for candidates to fill the position. Interested parties can contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. Theocracy is currently working on new material to follow the "As the World Bleeds" album. More...
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Collide & Spark", an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to The Bridge Bunch, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of Nashville, TN, in the United States.
The song, which is almost seven minutes in length, is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy vocalist and songwriter Matt Smith. It features vocals by Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind), Henrik Båth (Darkwater), Elin Redin (End of September) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater/Harmony).
The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian/Rhapsody of Fire) and designed by Markus Sigfridsson.
The song is available via digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon. Check out a preview clip here: More...
Theocracy has posted the following message online about drummer Shawn Benson missing the band's upcoming tour dates:
"Only one week until our third European tour! Unfortunately Shawn won't be able to join us on this tour due to scheduling conflicts, but we're excited to announce that the talented Joshua Street will be joining us behind the drums.
"Joshua played with us at our last two shows and did a fantastic job, so it was only natural for us to ask him to fill in for the tour, and fortunately for us he was happy to step up to the challenge--thanks Josh!
"We are all so excited to see many familiar and new faces over the next few weeks, and we're honored to come back and play for you all...see you soon!!" More...
The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.
The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.
The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:
Friday (September 12, 2014)
Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Saturday (September 13, 2014)
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)
Atlanta's Theocracy posted a second trailer for the upcoming re-issue of the 2002 self titled debut release. The band was originally a one man band, with Matt Smith (now vocalist/keyboardist) having recorded the entire first album himself. The re-issued album has had the drum parts re-recorded by Shawn Benson and the rest of the album completely remixed (not re-recorded) by Smith. The album is scheduled for release on November 15th (EU) and November 29th (North America) via Ulterium Records. The first trailer clip can still be viewed over at this location.
Check out the trailer clip here:
The debut album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records during the fall of 2013.
Theocracy drummer Shawn Benson recorded the drums for the re-release, Matt Smith did the album re-mix, and the mastering was handled by Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Nightwish, Edguy). Release dates will be announced soon, and a teaser clip can be found below.
Theocracy's debut album was originally released through MetalAges Records in 2003, and is currently very rare and hard to find.
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will return to Europe for a tour this fall. See a list of confirmed shows below, with more shows to be announced soon.
November 2nd: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
November 9th: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
November 12th: T.B.A. - Brno, Czech Republic
November 13th: Club Hoodoo - Prague, Czech Republic
November 15th: Maata Näkyvissä - Turku, Finland N
November 16th: Rock Without Limits - Stuttgart, Germany
The latest Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th 2011 through Ulterium Records, in North America on November 21st 2011 through Nightmare Records, and in Japan on April 25th 2012 through King Records. More...
Theocracy has announced several upcoming U.S. and European festival appearances for later this year. Further dates are expected to be announced soon, and current details are as follows:
18.05.2013: Flames of Fire Music Festival - Elizabethtown, KY USA
07.09.2013: Deland Rock & Metal Festival - Deland, FL USA
02.11.2013: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
09.11.2013: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
15.11.2013: Maata Näkyvissa - Turku, Finland More...
Nashville has a lot of homeless people. That’s an understatement. Nashville has a massive amount of homeless, displaced, and destitute folks living out in the streets. Regardless of what your particular beliefs are about these people, they are real, they are there, and they are hungry. In a solid underdog move in the cold of February, the heavy metal genre found a way to do something about feeding these fellow human beings by pairing up for a show to benefit an organization that does just that – The Bridge Bunch.
Part of Christian Pastor Bob Beeman’s “Sanctuary International – The Rock N’ Roll Refuge,” The Bridge Bunch claims to serve about 4,500 meals per month to these folks under the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Nashville, TN. On the night of February 15th, the titans of progressive power metal in Theocracy headlined a bill backed by Illinois-based Innersiege and Nashville’s own Oblivion Myth in support of The Bridge Bunch’s efforts. With the country-fied Kid Rock playing a show in town that night, as well as Lindsey Stirling, the dancing-violinist-turned-YouTube-sensation from America’s Got Talent, the heavy metal fundraiser served as a nice counterpoint.
It was to be a night to remember for those in attendance, as Theocracy had announced prior to the show that they were going to play their entire latest album, “As the World Bleeds,” in its entirety at this show, along with another to-be-experienced-live surprise. Along with Innersiege following suit in deciding to play their entire “Kingdom of Shadows” album, Theocracy held the final surprise ace – they would play the entire 24-minute “Mirror of Souls” song and “Absolution Day” as well. Moreover, it would be broadcast on a UStream feed for the rest of the online world. More...
Theocracy is happy to announce plans to play the entire "As the World Bleeds" album on February 15th, 2013 at the "Sanctuary From the Streets" fundraiser in Nashville, TN. Vocalist Matt Smith explains:
"We kicked around the idea of trying to make this happen a few months ago, because we always loved the idea. A lot of people seemed as excited about it as we were, so it just became a matter of trying to find the right place and time to make it happen. Once the 'Sanctuary From the Streets' idea was presented to us and started taking shape, it seemed like the perfect time. We are all honored to be asked to participate in something for such a great cause, and hopefully this will help make a night that already promises to be very special even more special.
"We will be performing As the World Bleeds front to back in its entirety, and we have another surprise or two up our sleeves as well that you will NOT want to miss. Who knows if or when this will ever happen again, so if there was ever a show worth roadtripping to, this is it! We can't wait to share the stage with InnerSiege and Oblivion Myth and enjoy a great night of music for a wonderful cause."
The Rutledge Live Music Venue
410 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201-2212
Friday, February 15th, 2013
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
Tickets $10 / Age 18+ More...
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy has just released a new Christmas single called "Wynter Fever" voa YouTube. The single will also be made available at iTunes during the coming week. Check out the clip below.
Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith comments on the track: "Merry Christmas to all our friends! After being trapped in the studio working on the upcoming remix of the first Theocracy album, we were itching to record a little something new as a break from working on the old songs. Since Christmas was coming up and we had a little spare time this year, it seemed like the perfect chance to deliver an epic slab of fun holiday silliness for you all. Enjoy!" More...
The debut album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records. Check out a video update below where Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith explains the band's approach to the re-mix, and shares his thoughts on the album in general.
The Theocracy debut album was originally released through MetalAges Records in 2003, and is currently very rare and hard to find. No release date is set for the re-release yet, but more information and updates will follow.
Athens, Georgia based religious power metal act Theocracy has released a new music video for "Hide in the Fairytale," which comes off the band's "As The World Bleeds" album. Check out the Dan Drescher directed clip below.
The latest Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th through Ulterium Records, in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records, and in Japan on April 25th through King Records.