Theocrazy - 2011 - As the world bleeds
02.The Master Storyteller
04.Hide in the Fairytale
05.The Gift of Music
06.30 Pieces of Silver
08.Altar to the Unknown God
09.Light of the World
10.As the World Bleeds
Theocracy is a metal band from Athens, Ga., whose melodic 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 debut album from Theocracy was released at the end of 2003 on MetalAges Records, to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community.
Theocracy now present their third magnus opus entitled "As the World Bleeds". The album is mastered by Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius] and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].
"I Am" The opening track is typical to the work of Theocracy. The tension rises in the intro and transforms into a solid groove which angelic choirs and folk influences.
After eleven minutes I check my watch for eleven minutes may not be so easily ignored.
A variation in tempo and music keeps the tension certainly alive. "The Master Storyteller" is characterized by the same passion and power.
Matt Smith has over the years managed to develop into a quality singer.
This is in "The Gift Of Music" definitely a step forward. He has a great range.
"30 pieces of gold" is a fast song with multi vocals and great guitar riffs
Theocracy rumbles by until the more calm "Drown" can be added.
"As The World Bleeds" starts with piano but turns into a fast and furious song.
In the last eight minutes Theocrazy are on full power so to let you know how epic power metal can be.
"As the World Bleeds" is definitely the strongest album from Theocracy so far, and will be loved by fans and critics in the scene
Matt Smith: Vocals
Val Allen Wood: Lead guitar
Jonathan Hinds: Guitar
Jared Oldham: Bass
Shawn Benson: Drums