Aug 232017

The melodic metal band Within Silence will release their new album “Return From The Shadows” on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

“Return From The Shadows” is a perfect follow-up to the debut album “Gallery of Life” and feels like a more mature and focused album. The impressive song-writing and melodies are still there, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts the result is a really strong album!

The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow [Masterplan, ex. Helloween] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]. “Return From The Shadows” is a perfect album for fans of bands like Theocracy, Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius! Continue reading »

May 082017

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy and their label Ulterium Records just announced the “Ghost Ship” YouTube contest.

Record a video of yourself when playing or singing the Theocracy track “Ghost Ship” and upload it to YouTube. Send a link to the video to to be included in the contest.

The contest will be open until June 20th, and then Theocracy and Ulterium Records will decide two winners: the best performance as well as the most creative submission. Below you can see the prizes for the winners: Continue reading »

Apr 262017

Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited red transparent vinyl 2LP edition of the classic Theocracy album “As The World Bleeds”. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and the release date is set to June 30th.

“As The World Bleeds” has been released in Europe on November 25th 2011 through Ulterium Records and in North America on November 21st 2011 through Nightmare Records. Continue reading »

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 »