|Origin||Athens, Georgia, US|
|Genres||Christian metal, progressive metal, power metal|
Val Allen Wood
|Past members||Seth Filkins
Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia. They have released four albums and multiple Christmas singles. Smith was one of a select few musicians to appear in the "Metal Bible".
The group originally started out as a one-man project and all the instruments and vocals done on the debut album Theocracy were performed by Smith. The current lineup includes Smith along with Ernie Topran, Jonathan Hinds, Jared Oldham, and Val Allen Wood. Musically, the band mixes the power metal style of Edguy, Iced Earth, and Helloween with progressive influences from bands such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kansas and Rush.
The group performed at the ProgPower USA VII festival Pre-Party in Atlanta, Georgia. Live performances from the show of the songs "The Serpent's Kiss" and "Mountain" were included on the ProgPower VII DVD. Their second album, Mirror of Souls, was released on Sweden's Ulterium Records and features cover artwork by Robert G. Wilson, Jr.[better source needed] They made an appearance on the cover of the January/December 2007 issue of Heaven's Metal magazine.
Mirror of Souls was released on November 26, 2008 in Japan by Soundholic Records. The Japanese version contains the bonus track "Wages of Sin". The North American edition was released December 9, 2008. A picture disc LP was released through the record labels web store containing "Mirror of Souls", "Laying the Demon to Rest", "Absolution Day" and "The Wages of Sin". This LP was limited to 250 copies worldwide.
As the World Bleeds, was released on November 21, 2011 in North America and on November 25, 2011 in Europe.[better source needed] After releasing their new album Theocracy released their first official music video from the new album, entitled "Hide in the Fairytale" on September 5, 2012.
The band embarked on a European tour to promote the remastered re-release of the self-titled album in November 2013. The tour consisted of smaller venue shows as well as larger festivals including Brainstorm Festival in The Netherlands, Blast of Eternity, and Rock Without Limits in Germany, and Maata Näkyvissä Festival in Finland. Joshua Street filled in for drummer Shawn Benson for this tour.
- Matt Smith – lead vocals (2002–present), keyboards (2002–2008), guitar, bass (2002–2009)
- Jonathan Hinds – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (2006–present)
- Val Allen Wood – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Jared Oldham – bass, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Ernie Topran – drums (2016–present)
- Seth Filkins – bass, backing vocals
- Josh Sloan – bass, backing vocals
- Patrick Parris – bass, backing vocals
- Shawn Benson – drums (2005–2014)
- Patrick Nickell – drums (2014–2015)
- 2003 - Theocracy
- 2008 - Mirror of Souls
- 2011 - As the World Bleeds
- 2016 - Ghost Ship
Starting in 2003, the band has recorded and released one Christmas-themed song for free download to all members of their "Club of Souls" fan group per year, located on their official website, excluding 2013 and 2015. In 2013, Matt Smith instead dedicated his efforts to the Collide & Spark charity special, released as Project Aegis. In 2015, Theocracy instead were working on a new album, therefore did not have any time to record a new Christmas song.
- 2003: "Christmas Medley"
- 2004: "Little Drummer Boy"
- 2005: "Deck the Joy (To the Halls)"
- 2006: "Christmas Medley" (2006 Remix)
- 2007: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
- 2008: "Rudolph vs. Frosty"
- 2009: "Angels from the Realms of Glory"
- 2010: "All I Want for Christmas"
- 2011: "Christmas Medley" (2011 Remix)
- 2012: "Wynter Fever"
- 2014: "Night of Silence"
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