Theocracy started life as a one-man project created by Matt Smith, who played and sang everything on the self-titled debut album released at the end of 2003 on MetalAges Records. The album received fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the Metal genre.
The music? Epic, melodic Power Metal with occasional progressive flourishes. Long songs, longer songs, short songs, fast songs, slow songs, midtempo songs, ballads...epic choirs, soaring vocals, pounding drums, crunchtastic guitars, and most importantly, melodies that get stuck in your head.
Mirror of Souls, the second Theocracy album, saw the addition of drummer Shawn Benson and guitarist Jon Hinds to the ranks. Instead of the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Mirror of Souls built on the strengths of the first album and took things to another level with improved production and performances, culminating in the 23-minute title track, which perfectly sums up everything Theocracy is about. The album received spectacular reviews worldwide and led to bassist Jared Oldham and guitar whiz Val Allen Wood joining the band, completing the lineup. Theocracy’s first tour of Europe soon followed.
Now, the latest chapter in Theocracy’s career is here with As the World Bleeds. The effect of the full lineup is immediately apparent, as the band comes out firing on all cylinders across 10 tracks. The album was conceived, in the words of Smith, as “a song-oriented album where each track stands alone, and where every song is iconic and strong enough to potentially be someone’s favorite.” The result features everything a Theocracy fan could wish for, and the band looks forward to taking the new material to stages across the globe.