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As the World Bleeds

TheocracyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ulterium
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide in the Fairytale
5. The Gift of Music
6. 30 Pieces of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar to the unknown God
9. Light of the World
10. As the World Bleeds

Editorial Reviews

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 MetalAge Records, to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community. After the release the band started playing shows (including the prestigious ProgPower USA) and working on new material. After years of hard work, Theocracy signed with Ulterium Records and released their second album Mirror of Souls. Mirror of Souls was definitely a huge breakthrough for Theocracy and it received fantastic reviews from press around the world, and it was released in Europe, North America and Japan. The European live debut took place at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland 2009 in front of 500 crazy fans. Besides playing shows in the US opening up for bands like Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and circle to circle, Theocracy also did their first European headliner tour during fall 2009. Theocracy now present their third magnus opus entitled As The World Bleeds. The album is mastered by Mika Jussila and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Metal Armor Of God November 26, 2011
By Khyron
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Theocracy is somewhat of an anomaly. A Christian progressive power metal band hailing from Georgia is news worthy in and of itself. That Matt Smith & Co. delivered Mirror of Souls, an album defined by remarkably intelligent and inspired song crafting that conveyed an overarching message of faith and forgiveness served as a much needed shot in the arm for this genre. I'm not over-selling it by saying that "Souls" is possibly the best sophomore album from any band since Nevermind. The problem with truly magnificent records is that they raise the bar for the band, often times too high for them to properly follow it up. Sure, The Beatles made a career of it (Yellow Submarine not withstanding) but they're not simply elite company, The Beatles are royalty. Is the comparison warranted? How can As The World Bleeds possibly measure up?

The album fades in with a war-march drum and synth intro; fitting given some of the darker thematic elements the band explores on this album. The rest of "I am" features everything Theocracy does right: two and three part vocal harmonies, choirs, walls of chugging guitars and Shawn Benson's fantastic drumming. New influences can be heard all over this record. James Hetfield would be thrilled to write a riff as good as the bridge in "The Master Storyteller", while the middle section of "I Am" features a breakdown straight from the Dream Theatre playbook. Smith's impossibly high vocal intro on "Nailed" calls to mind the hay-days of Iron Maiden and the best Bruce Dickinson had to offer. Just as there were no throw away tracks on its predecessor, Bleeds is an album filled with songs not so much written and recorded as expertly crafted.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Word: EPIC! December 30, 2011
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I was reared on the true metal of the 80s, bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and old school Metallica. While I find some of the nu-metal that grew to prominence in the 90s and 2000s palatable, I continue to long for that special something from the DNA of the music I grew up on. Just recently, I stumbled across Theocracy.

Let me confess something up front: I am a Christian and a pastor. I am always on the lookout for good Christian music...especially good Chrsitian METAL. Alot of it is simply a cheesy knockoff of secular stuff. But Theocracy defines what true metal is - they are not a cheap imitation, they are modern day innovators of the genre.

My first thought after finishing "As the World Bleeds" with my ears still ringing was, "This is the sound of a love child between early Metallica, Dickinson's 1st era of Iron Maiden, a dash of Triumph and Rush with a large dose of Queensryche...without being a knockoff of any of them." The vocals are soaring - Matt Smith's range is incredible. I confess, the guy gives me chills, and it has been a long time since that happened. The band is tight and technically awesome. Guitar solos are impressive, and not just noodling around for the sake of saying "We had a solo." Theocracy is a band - the instrumental portions are as important as the vocal portions. It's an epic, operatic production. If I had to define them by a genre, it would be Progressive Power/Thrash Metal.

This album has NO filler songs. No track is wasted and it clocks in at a meaty 63 minutes. The first track, "I Am" is an 11 minute epic about the Lord Jesus Christ. It sets the tone for the whole album and is a standout track with multiple movements.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Diversity Combined With Killer Lyrics November 30, 2011
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It's so good to have another album by Theocracy. I love their music! They're the standard by which I judge all other groups.

Theocracy's previous album, "Mirror of Souls", took me a little while to really warm to. Many of the songs sounded similar, with a few towards the end all running together. Eventually though, I grew to appreciate it and it's now one of my favorite albums. "As The World Bleeds" did not have to grow on me--I loved it from the first play. It has great diversity and originality combined with killer lyrics. Even after numerous plays, I can't pick a favorite track; the songs are not all equal, but they are all excellent.

I'm not a musician, so there's little insight I can provide in terms of production quality, etc. However, from an uneducated listener's perspective, it sounds great. The music instantly grabbed my attention and is quite memorable. My best description of the style is power, melodic, progressive metal. Within most songs are changes in speed, sound, mood, and intensity which keeps the album engaging throughout. There are parts within some songs ("Nailed" for example) which stylistically really don't appeal to me, but these sections tend to be short with the rest of the song being very enjoyable.

The strong progressive influence helps make this a solid album. The progressive elements are cohesive, adding depth while keeping things interesting and without falling into the trap of aimless, rambling (progressive for the sake of being progressive). There are no short, cookie cutter songs on "As The World Bleeds". Each is diverse and gives the listener their money's worth.

I have come to expect incredible lyrics from Theocracy. Matt Smith writes the lyrics for the group and has an amazing talent for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect band!
This album is incredibly well done. It is art; trully enjoyable. Yet pure metal. And uncompromising in its lyrics. Just perfect!
Published 5 days ago by Pav Tabares
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Extremely talented band. In a just world these guys would be selling millions of CD's. They deserve that kind of exposure.
Published 7 days ago by bilbobias
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal masterpiece!
Absolutely genius! As a Christian this is the album I have always looked for. Even the unbeliever who loves solid metal songwriting can and should appreciate this masterpiece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good metal, but not as good as Mirror of Souls
In my opinion, this album is not as good as their previous work, Mirror of Souls, but it is still is among the best metal I have heard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gtrpstr
5.0 out of 5 stars I like different types of music and am a big fan ...
I like different types of music and am a big fan of bands like Iron Maiden, Opeth, Yes, Transatlantic, Judas Priest, Anthrax, The Moody Blues and Blind Guardian to name a few, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by James Case
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpeice from start to finish
Matt Smith is a genius. The arrangements and vocal clarity are melded to shear perfection on every single track. There are no "B" sides here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album from Theocracy!
Theocracy has again upped the bar with As the World Bleeds! Now a complete band and their maturity and experience shows. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one, from the future of Power/Progressive metal
Great band, great message, great musicianship, awesome production. The guys from Theocracy take their winning combination of metal and message and take it up a notch by adding a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Arroyo
Every song on this seems CD is great....this CD is a masterpiece! I had the privilege of seeing them in Nashville in Feb of 2013 and they played the entire CD live! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Boyce
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