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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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Unearthing The Power Metal Underground

Power metal: master of epic guitar solos and frequent champion of all that is cheesy. Some love it for the deliciously grandiose high-pitched vocals, and others hate it for the exact same reason. While not all can appreciate the lyrical themes and vocal stylings of the genre, the level of both passion and technical proficiency displayed by the power metal virtuosos can't be denied. There are the obvious big names in the scene like Fates Warning, Blind Guardian, and Jag Panzer, but what’s going on in the underground these days?

Unlike with the hordes of black metal or death metal, there isn’t nearly as large a pool of unknown talent in the power realm. In this case that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as lesser quantity can lead to better quality. For this week’s edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground, we’ll look at three lesser known bands from different corners of the globe that all approach the power metal style from a slightly different angle.

Tiluland

To start our expedition into the power metal underground we’re headed to Finland for a tour-de-force of shredding solos and pounding drums. Tiluland dropped the debut album “Axes of the Universe” last year and put a surprising twist on the style by going completely instrumental. Driven by guitar acrobatics instead of the standard falsetto singing, Tiluland is the band for you if you love the fast and epic instrumentation of the genre but don’t care for the vocal style.

Check out more on Tiluland via Facebook, or listen to two songs from the “Axes of the Universe” album below.

“Tilu of the Kings”
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Theocracy Streaming New Song

The Athens, Georgia based symphonic power metal band Theocracy is streaming the new track "I Am." The track appears on the band's new album "As The World Bleeds," which was released this past November through Nightmare Records in North America and Ulterium Records in Europe.

Check out "I Am" here:

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Theocracy Streaming Remixed Christmas Medley

Theocracy has posted a remixed version online of the band's Christmas medley, which can be found below. Vocalist Matt Smith also commented:

"Hey guys! Sadly, there was no time to record a Christmas song this year. I jumped straight from finishing As the World Bleeds to doing tons of interviews and mixing the upcoming Soulspell record, Jon got married, and it's just been a whirlwind.

"However, someone mentioned that the original Theocracy Christmas Medley (the first Theocracy Christmas recording ever) wasn't available on our site in the Club of Souls. I thought, 'Hmm, that's odd...we should upload it.' But then I listened to it, and sonically it was just not up to snuff compared to the more recent Theocracy output, so I decided to completely remix it so we could upload it to the Club of Souls and put it on YouTube.

"So again, apologies for nothing new this year, but here's the medley with a fresh coat of paint. Enjoy, and visit our website to download!" More...

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Lorenguard Confirms Pathfinder Metalfest IV

U.S. fantasy power metal band Lorenguard announced that the band will perform at the Pathfinder Metalfest IV in Marietta, GA on July 7, 2012. The band just self-released the new LP "Eve Of Corruption" on November 29, 2011.

Other bands confirmed for the festival are:

While Heaven Wept
Theocracy
Void of Reason
Brave
Machinage

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Theocracy Uploads "Nailed" Song

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy has posted the track "Nailed" online via YouTube. The track comes off the group's brand new album "As The World Bleeds" that was just released on November 21st in North America through Nightmare Records. The album will be released on November 25th in Europe through Ulterium Records. Check out "Nailed" in the player below.

The "As The World Bleeds" track listing is as follows:

01. I AM
02. The Master Storyteller
03. Nailed
04. Hide in the Fairytale
05. The Gift of Music
06. 30 Pieces of Silver
07. Drown
08. Altar to the Unknown God
09. Light of the World
10. As the World Bleeds

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Nightmare Records Releases Free Sampler

Today Nightmare Records has released a sampler album as a free download including eleven killer tracks of heavy rock and progressive and symphonic power metal from the latest Nightmare releases. You can get the download at this location. The track listing is as follows:

LANCE KING "A Moment in Chiros"
ANDROMEDA "Manifest Tyranny"
ANUBIS GATE "Anubis Gate"
THEOCRACY "As the World Bleeds"
MYRATH "Tales of the Sands"
PATRICK HEMER "More than Meets the Eye"
DIVINE ASCENSION "As the Truth Appears"
VANGOUGH "Kingdom of Ruin"
HALCYON WAY "IndoctriNation"
PASTORE "The Price for Human Sins"
ENBOUND "And She says Gold"

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Theocracy Streaming New Single Online

Christian power metal act Theocracy has posted the new single "30 Pieces of Silver" online, which can be heard in the player below. "30 Pieces of Silver" is the first single from the up-coming Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds," due out in Europe on November 25th and North America on November 21st.

The "As The World Bleeds" track listing is as follows:

1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide in the Fairytale
5. The Gift of Music
6. 30 Pieces of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar to the Unknown God
9. Light of the World
10. As the World Bleeds

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Theocracy To Release New Single

Athens, Georgia based melodic metal band Theocracy will release the digital single "30 Pieces of Silver" on October 21st. The track comes off the band's upcoming album "As The World Bleeds" that will be released on November 25th in Europe through Ulterium Records and on November 21st in North America through Nightmare Records.

The album will also be released as a double gatefold vinyl edition, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. A teaser for the album is available below.

The "As The World Bleeds" track listing is as follows:

1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide in the Fairytale
5. The Gift of Music
6. 30 Pieces of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar to the Unknown God
9. Light of the World
10. As the World Bleeds

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Theocracy To Release New LP

U.S. christian power/progressive band Theocracy are set to release the band's third LP "As The World Bleeds" through Nightmare Records on November 21, 2011 (North America) and November 25, 2011 (EU). The band has posted an album teaser video, which is shown below.

The track listing for "As The World Bleeds" is:

1. I Am
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide in the Fairytale
5. The Gift of Music
6. 30 Pieces of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar to the Unknown God
9. Light of the World
10. As the World Bleeds

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Theocracy Announces European Shows

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal act Theocracy is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to the band's third album, with more news about the release to be announced soon.

In the mean time Theocracy has scheduled European tour dates for the fall. Details are as follows:

October 21st - Stedsj - Barneveld, Netherlands
October 22nd - Metal Church - Eckernförde, Germany
October 23rd - Randal Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
October 24th - Collosseum Club - Kosice, Slovakia
October 25th - Barrak Music Club - Ostrava, Czech Republic
October 26th - Exit-Us Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Republic
October 28th - Rampe Club - Bubikon, Switzerland
October 29th - Rock Without Limits - Balingen, Germany

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Just For Fun

Christmas Metal 2010 Roundup

Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.

First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...

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Theocracy Posts Christmas Single

Athens, Georgia based melodic metal band Theocracy has released a Christmas single called "All I Want For Christmas." The track can be heard in the video clip below.

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Theocracy Posts Christmas Cover Online

Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY has recorded a version of the classic christmas track "Angels from the realms of glory." Listen to the track at the bands MySpace profile.

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Nightmare Records Offering Free Christmas Album

Nightmare Records have announced they are offering their "Merry Metal Christmas" album as a free MP3 download. The album can be downloaded at this location. The "Merry Metal Christmas" track listing is as follows:

1. Bethlehem (5:51) - Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls
2. A Chosen Truth (7:19) - Edgend - A New Identity
3. Kings will Come (4:02) - Narnia - Course of a Generation
4. Forsaken (6:54) - Futures End - Memoirs of a Broken Man
5. Sea of Tranquility (2:40) - Heart of Sun - Heart of Sun
6. One Silent Moment (4:32) - Cloudscape - Global Drama
7. Wicked Land of Winter (5:11) - Sacred Dawn - Christmas Single
8. Tears Of Pain (4:14) - Keith Miller - Over The Abyss
9. Silently We Fade (4:41) - Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath
10. Fall from Grace (1:11) - Avian - Ashes And Madness
11. Spiritual Path (5:47) - Scelerata - Skeletons Domination
12. Believe (6:00) - Glass Spires - Glass Spires
13. The Harem-remastered (3:35) - Gemini - Gemini
14. In My Dreams (6:09) - Darkwater - Calling The Earth To Witness
15. Ancient song (5:39) - Dimension - EGO
16. The Chronicles of Jacob Marley (8:28) - Order of Nine - Christmas Single
17. Orchestration For More Than One Horn (0:36) - Evil Masquerade - Third Act
18. FireoftheAncients (5:27) - Defyance - Transitional Forms
19. You Give Me Love (5:49) - Grimmstine - Grimmstine
20. The Calm (5:59) - Perspective X IV - Shadow Of Doubt
21. Coming Home - remastered (6:28) - Gemini - Gemini
22. Shadow Of A Lucent Moon (7:22) - Andromeda - The Immunity Zone
23. Heaven’s Gate (5:20) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules
24. From Now On (4:25) - Shining Star - Enter Eternity
25. Guitar Concierto (3:19) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules

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Theocracy Annoucnes New Bassist, Jared Oldham

Theocracy is proud to announce Jared Oldham as their new bass player. Jared has been filling in and touring with the band for some time now, so making it official is a mere formality. Jared brings years of musical experience and a great singing voice, and his personality fits the band like a glove.

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Theocracy Confirms More European Tour Dates

Georgia metal band Theocracy has confirmed two more tour dates for their "Laying Europe to Rest" European tour. The complete tour schedule is as follows:

Oct. 23 - Brauhaus - Bautzen, Germany
Oct. 24 - Metal Fest - Friedewald, Germany
Oct. 25 - Casta Club - Liberec, Czech republic
Oct. 26 - Rock Fabric - Poprad, Slovakia
Oct. 27 - Strojovna - Hradec Králové, Czech republic
Oct. 28 - Prostor-Tancirna - Ostrava, Czech republic
Oct. 29 - Suedstern Das Haus - Landau, Germany
Oct. 30 - Rock Without Limits - Gomaringen, Germany
Oct. 31 - Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway

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Theocracy Announces More European Tour Dates

Georgia metal band Theocracy has confirmed four more tour dates for their "Laying Europe to Rest" European tour. The complete tour dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 23 - Bautzen, Germany
Oct. 24 - Metal Fest - Friedewald, Germany
Oct. 25 - TBA
Oct. 26 - TBA
Oct. 27 - Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Oct. 28 - Ostrava, Czech Republic
Oct. 29 - Landau, Germany
Oct. 30 - Rock without limits - Gomaringen, Germany
Oct. 31 - Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway

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Theocracy Announces European Tour Dates

The US melodic metal band THEOCRACY will visit Europe for a tour this fall, you can see the first announced dates
below. The band just returned from their first show ever in Europe at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

October 24th: Metal Fest - Festhalle Friedewald, Germany
October 30th: Rock without limits - Gomaringen, Germany
October 31th: Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway

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Theocracy To Issue Limited Edition LP

Georgia metallers Theocracy have issued the following update about releasing a new LP:

"Ulterium Records will release a limited edition 12" picture disc edition of the Theocracy album "Mirror of Souls". The LP will be strictly limited to 250 copies, and the release date is set to April 3rd."

The track listing:

Side A:
1. Mirror of Souls [22:26]

Side B:
1. Laying the demon to rest [9:37]
2. Absolution day [6:47]
3. Wages of sin [3:26]

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Theocracy Announces US Show Dates

Georgia's Theocracy has announced the first series of shows in support of their latest album, "Mirror of Souls." The dates are as follows:

02/28 - Insomnia - Villa Rica, Georgia
03/21 - Nightmare Metal Fest II - San Antonio, Texas
05/02 - The Local - Marietta, Georgia
05/21 - Elements of Rock - Uster, Switzerland
07/03 - Cornerstone Festival - Chicago, Illinois

For more information about Theocracy, visit their MySpace profile.

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