Apr 122017

The US heavy metal band Millennial Reign are happy to announce their new line-up. Drummer Steve Nichols (Solitude Aeturnus) and bassist Neil Bertrand (When Angels Die) have come on board as full time members. The band has issued the following statement:

“We are very excited to have such talented heavy hitters join our line up. They will both add a completely new dimension to our overall sound. We have some great shows lined up with bands like HammerFall, Delain and label-mates Theocracy. The forthcoming album is nearly written and studio recording will begin this summer 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the road with our new members.” Continue reading »

Theocracy – “Ghost Ship”

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Oct 202016

ghost_ship_web_eb9Power metal as it should be done…On Ghost Ship, Theocracy balance power, aggression, melody and harmonies in an album filled with epic choruses, driving rhythms and scorching guitars.

Theocracy started in 2002 in Athens, Georgia as a one man project by Matt Smith who managed to release a progressive power metal album as a solo effort in 2003 to critical acclaim.  Given that Theocracy fall into the genre of progressive power metal, which typically features epic orchestration and larger-than-life sounds, one has to be impressed that the debut, self-titled album was recorded solely by Matt Smith, who played all instruments and supplied all vocals.  Matt went on to add band members and Theocracy has released two other albums before Ghost Ship, with Mirror of Souls in 2008 and As the World Bleeds in 2011.

A fast drum roll and this album is off to the races with “Paper Tiger” leading the way.  Fast, melodic, clean, smooth, heavy, driving, , with an epic chorus and you pretty much have described a great power metal song, one just like “Paper Tiger”.  For the uninitiated, Matt Smith’s smooth and powerful vocals come in fairly early in the song and the song shows off what makes his vocals special.  Add in a couple  fitting guitar solos and the ever present melodies and harmonies one would expect and you pretty much have this song understood, but then there’s an unexpected section featuring some ultra-fast spoken, darker sounding vocals that adds another level to the song.  Needless to say, at this point the album was off to a great start. Continue reading »

Oct 142016

theocracy_2016_b8eThe Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy just released a music video for the title track from their highly anticipated new album “Ghost Ship”. The album will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

“Ghost Ship” will be available on CD, 2LP and digital. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.

Theocracy will return to Europe in November for the “Ghost Ship European Tour”. See the list of confirmed shows below: Continue reading »

Sep 132016

sleeping_romanceUlterium Records will release a LP edition of “Enlighten”, the debut album from the symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance. The LP will be strictly limited to 300 copies and the release date is set to October 7th.

Sleeping Romance will embark on a European tour in September that kicks off at the FemME festival in Eindhoven NL. Check out the list of confirmed shows below.

“Enlighten” was released in Nov/Dec 2013 through Ulterium Records. “Enlighten” was mastered by Roberto Priori [Los Angeles, Danger Zone, Vision Divine] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]. Continue reading »

Sep 072016

theocracy_2016_b8eThe Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will release their new album “Ghost Ship” on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. An album teaser video was just posted at YouTube. The video can be watched below.

Theocracy will return to Europe in November for the “Ghost Ship European Tour”. See the list of confirmed shows below:

The new Theocracy album “Ghost Ship” will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. Information on different editions and formats will be announced soon. 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. You like midtempo singalong anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity? ‘The Wonder of It All’ should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go ‘Around the World and Back.’ Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer ‘Easter’ is sure to be a favorite. Each song on “Ghost Ship” stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like Theocracy.

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