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Theocracy

Formed: 2002
From: Athens, GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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.

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Vangough, Theocracy, Pain of Salvation Make Mayhem

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...

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ProgPower USA Midweek Mayhem Contest Announced

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...

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Theocracy Recruits New Drummer

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...

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Theocracy Splits With Drummer

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 theocracydrummersearch@gmail.com. Theocracy is currently working on new material to follow the "As the World Bleeds" album. More...

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All-Star Project Aegis Release Song For Charity

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...

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Theocracy Drummer To Miss Tour

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...

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

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)
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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Theocracy Posts Trailer For Re-Mixed Debut LP

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:

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Theocracy To Re-Release Album

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.

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Theocracy Announces European Shows

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...

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Theocracy Announces Festival Appearances

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...

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Not Your Average Benefit Show In Country Town, USA

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...

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Theocracy To Play Full New Album At Fundraiser

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...

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Theocracy Streaming New Christmas Single

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...

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Theocracy To Re-Release Debut Album

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.

You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Hide in the Fairytale" at this location. More...

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Theocracy Releases New Music Video

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.

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Theocracy Shoots New Music Video

The Athens, Georgia-based religious metal band Theocracy has recorded a new video for the track "Hide in the Fairytale." The track comes off the band's latest album "As The World Bleeds," and the video was recorded in Orlando, FL under the eye of producer Dan Drescher. More information will follow about the release of the video, and pictures from the shoot are available 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.

"As The World Bleeds" debuted at #40 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart during the first week of release. Theocracy was also covered in the power metal edition or our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column earlier this year. More...

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Theocracy's Debut Album To Be Re-Issued

The debut, self-titled album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records. The album was originally released through Metal Ages Records in 2003, and is now very rare and hard to find. No release date is set for the re-release yet, but more information and updates will follow.

Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith comments on the re-release:

"A lot of people ask us how to get the debut Theocracy album, which is long out of print. Well, you won't have to wait much longer, because it's going to be re-released through Ulterium Records! We went through a lot of discussion about how much we wanted to rework it: Do we re-record the whole thing with the new lineup? Do we just release it as-is? There were a lot of ways we could go, but ultimately we decided that people love that album and it's a snapshot in time, so we didn't want to completely redo something people are attached to.

"We'd rather present the best-sounding version we can of what's already there, with one change that seemingly everyone wants to hear: real drums! Shawn's going to record drums to the tracks that are already there, and then I'm going to remix it, so it should be killer. Right now I'm going through the tracks and trying to get everything organized and usable (some of those recordings were really bad!), and soon we'll be ready for Shawn to lay down the drum tracks. Keep checking in, and we'll keep you posted as it unfolds!"

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. "As The World Bleeds" debuted at #40 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart during the first week of release.

Theocracy was also featured on the power metal edition of our weekly "Unearthing the Metal Underground" columen.

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Theocracy Posts Guitar Instructional Clip

Val Allen Wood from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy has uploaded a guitar instructional video for the track "Altar to the Unknown God," which is available below. The track comes off the latest Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds."

"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. You can check out a song from the album, titled "I Am," at this location. More...

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Theocracy Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of power metal act Theocracy performing the song "Nailed" in Kouvola, Finland on April 30th, 2012.

"Nailed" is taken of the band's new album "As The World Bleeds." To hear more from the album, check out the track "I Am" at this location.

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