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Theocracy

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

Latest Theocracy News

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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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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Theocracy Audio Interview Available

An audio Interview with Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith has been posted online, which originally aired on 99.1 CJAM-FM in Windsor / Detroit for the "Signals of Intuition" show on March 6th. Listen to the interview through the YouTube player below.

Theocracy has a new album out titled "As The World Bleeds," and was also recently covered in the power metal edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column.

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Theocracy To Release Album With Bonus Tracks

The Japanese label King Records will release the new Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" in Japan on April 25th. The Japanese edition will include two bonus tracks titled "I'm in a Cage [Neal Morse cover]" and "Martyr [Live in the Studio]".

The track listing for the Japanese edition of "As The World Bleeds" is as follows:

01. The Master Storyteller
02. Nailed
03. Hide in the Fairytale
04. 30 Pieces of Silver
05. The Gift of Music
06. Light of the World
07. Drown
08. Altar to the Unknown God
09. As the World Bleeds
10. I AM
Bonus tracks
11. I'm in a Cage [Neal Morse cover]
12. Martyr [Live in the Studio]

"As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th through Ulterium Records and in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records. Theocracy was also recently covered in the power metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column.

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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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