Theocracy are finally back with their new album “Ghost Ship”, featuring 10 powerful new songs that showcase the epic, heavy and melodic sound the band is known for, Ghost Ship is the followup to 2011’s As the World Bleeds and 2013’s self-titled debut remix.
With Ghost Ship, Theocracy perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like Theocracy.
Theocracy started life as a one-man project by Matt Smith in Athens, Ga., though their style has more in common with their European contemporaries than with most of their U.S. counterparts. Characterized by huge choruses, epic arrangements and progressive elements, Theocracy’s music is both immediate and deep, managing to be instantly catchy and memorable, yet revealing new levels of intricacy and depth with each subsequent listen.
The self-titled Theocracy debut album was released at the end of 2003 on MetalAges Records to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community. After its release, the band began playing shows (including the prestigious ProgPower USA showcase) and started working on new material. After years of hard work, Theocracy signed with Ulterium Records and released their second album Mirror of Souls in 2008.
Mirror of Souls was a huge breakthrough for Theocracy, and received fantastic reviews from press around the world. The album was released in Europe, North America and Japan, and in addition to U.S. shows opening for bands like Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and Circle to Circle, Theocracy also embarked upon their first European headlining tour in the fall of 2009.
In 2011, Theocracy released their third magnum opus, entitled As the World Bleeds, which hit the Billboard Heatseeker Chart at #40 in the U.S. and received a fantastic response all around the world. In the fall of 2011, Theocracy returned to Europe for a second headlining tour, followed by more shows in the U.S., a festival appearance in Finland, and the band’s first show in Costa Rica.
By 2013, the self-titled debut album from Theocracy had been out of print for several years, and fans were constantly asking for a re-issue. In order to improve upon the drum machine and amateur production of the original release without losing the charm of the recordings, Theocracy drummer Shawn Benson recorded drums on all tracks, while nothing else was re-recorded. Matt completely re-mixed the album, with the mastering handled by Mika Jussila, and the debut was re-released on Ulterium Records.
Now Theocracy is back with Ghost Ship. The album was produced and engineered by Smith at his studio in Athens, and at a farmhouse that the band converted into a recording space. “We’ve been so inspired and moved by the people we’ve met on the road after shows over the last few years, and many of their stories will stick with us forever,” says Smith. “This was on my mind when creating this album, and I hope these songs will be a real encouragement for the struggling, the broken, and the misfits looking for a place to belong. I think that thread of hope runs throughout this record.”
SCARS OF ARMAGEDDON
Through the wonders of the internet, S.O.A. was formed in March of 2011 by George Lohan. All the other pieces just naturally fell into place after Erik Michael and Jason krieger joined and the sings for the debut wrote themself. After a long search, vocalist David kraus was discovered. After a few lineup changes, the current lineup has remained strong since 2013.
Members: Vocals – Logan Detwiler, Guitars – Justin Zych, Guitars – Shaun Cothron, Bass – Ian Bender, Drums – Cody Johns
Acracy– n. In political philosophy, the negation of rule or “government.” A society with the absence of coercion; one of voluntary order.
This is the very idea behind the recently formed metal band to hail from the Chicagoland area: one that writes and performs music without boundaries, without the standard rules of order, and without the impetus to follow the stylistic trends of popular music.