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Re: The Official Theocracy Thread
« Reply #70 on: September 24, 2011, 07:08:46 PM »
Yeah the booklet is pretty nice. Laying The Demon To Rest has pretty cool artwork. All the artwork is nice to look at though. Lyrics are included too.


Would be cool to have if it wasn't sold out.



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Re: The Official Theocracy Thread
« Reply #71 on: September 24, 2011, 07:17:58 PM »
Would be cool to have if it wasn't sold out.

Matt Smith probably sews those by hand in his apartment, so I can understand them running low on stock sometimes.

Cool shirt, though.

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Re: The Official Theocracy Thread
« Reply #72 on: October 12, 2011, 08:52:59 AM »
New album coming November 21st (U.S.):



Album Info

Album Teaser

WE SO EXCITED!!!

Also, that album art is wicked baller!

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #73 on: October 12, 2011, 09:16:28 AM »
2011 is trying its level best to replace 1976 as my favorite year for music, isn't it? And yeah, that's a fucking awesome cover.
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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #74 on: October 12, 2011, 01:39:15 PM »
Me likey!

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #75 on: October 12, 2011, 03:29:19 PM »
YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES
I felt its length in quite a few places.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #76 on: October 12, 2011, 05:00:18 PM »
Excellent.
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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #77 on: October 20, 2011, 12:02:54 AM »
New digital single up on itunes: 30 Pieces Of Silver.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #78 on: October 20, 2011, 12:16:28 AM »
I want to pre-order so bad! But my wallet! It's collapsing like a neutron star!
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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #79 on: October 21, 2011, 10:45:40 PM »
Been spinning the new single on Spotify.  While it didn't immediately hit me like "On Eagles' Wings," I am really starting to like it after 10 or so spins.  Really memorable chorus, some super speedy parts, and, finally, a ripping guitar solo.  I'll be interested to see how having a shredding guitar soloist will impact the album as a whole.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2011, 09:28:37 PM »
Zook - just saw your post on the Theocracy forum (I lurk there occasionally).  What say you of the new single?

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2011, 09:51:10 PM »
I've actually only listened to it once all the way through so far. I noticed some similarities in the melodies, but other than that it's a good song, although I was a lil diappointed. I'm sure it'll grow on me. That teaser trailer has me impatient.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2011, 09:57:52 PM »
I too was a little underwhelmed at first, but now I really like it.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread: NEW ALBUM NOV. 21
« Reply #83 on: October 24, 2011, 05:37:26 PM »
The teaser sounds great! Can't wait for this!!
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #84 on: November 02, 2011, 01:38:29 PM »
I MET THE MAN (MATT SMITH) HIMSELF:

So I’m working up at Target in Athens, Ga., managing the checkout lanes on a normal Tuesday night.  I’m standing by our returns desk and in walks a guy who looks kinda familiar.  I can’t place him at first, but then the thought crosses my mind: “is that Matt Smith, lead singer and founder of Theocracy?” (He’s from Athens)

I proceed to notice his Mirror Of Souls jacket.

It’s SO him!

I try and gain my composure for a minute and then boldly launch into the following question: “Excuse me, are you Matt Smith from Theocracy?”

He and his lady friend (girlfriend? Wife? Not sure…) both turn towards me as he answers in the affirmative.

At this point I’m like completely star-struck for a moment, as if I’m meeting Jesus or something.  Luckily, I am able to stammer something along the lines of: “I love you guys’ stuff.”  He, of course, thanks me.  I start to feel a little more normal since I actually completed a sentence, even though I feel visibly nervous.  I think Matt makes an observation about my name also being Matt (Target name tags – gotta love em).

He mentions that they just got done with a tour in Europe.  I ask him how it went, and he says it went pretty good except for a string of shows where he had lost his voice due to very poor touring conditions.  I respond with sympathy: “That must have been tough.”  He agrees.

Then I tell him that I actually heard about the band in my Target.  Someone came in wearing their T-shirt and I asked about it.  The fan described the music as having some DT-esque elements, and so I checked it out.

“Cool,” he responds.  A little bit of silence, and then he mentions that they’ve got the new album coming out later this November.  I say that I’ve already heard the single and that I dig it.

His lady friend pipes up at that point and says, “Well, spread the word about the band.”

I assure her that I already talk the band up a lot on DTF and that there are a few pretty devoted followers already.

Matt interjects that he hasn’t been to any DT forums in a while but still occasionally browses MP’s. 

It’s obvious they do want to get back to shopping, though, and so I kinda let the conversation end.  They say that they’re actually shopping for a wedding gift for one of the band’s guitar players.

We part ways.

Man, how incredible!  To me and my musical taste that was almost as significant as meeting Petrucci or Alex Lifeson.  I only regret that I had no camera for a pic nor anything cool to get an autograph on (“Mr. Smith, could you sign my break schedule?”  Yeah, that would have been massive douchebaggery).  Oh well, he is just a human like me, so maybe I didn’t need an autograph anyway.  He was so cool about the whole thing, though, just taking it all in stride – as if he gets recognized at Target all the time.  Probably happy to know he’s got some U.S. fans out there.
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #85 on: November 02, 2011, 03:27:29 PM »
Ask your Manager to have Loss Prevention come in and burn you a DVD from the in store camera system! :lol

That is awesome though.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
Winger Theater Forums........or WTF.  ;D
TAC got a higher score than me in the electronic round? Honestly, can I just drop out now? :lol

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #86 on: November 02, 2011, 03:28:43 PM »
In Target lingo, that would be the ETL-AP.  (don't ask me how I know that)
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #87 on: November 02, 2011, 05:35:55 PM »
Cool stor- Ah damn it.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #88 on: November 02, 2011, 06:12:34 PM »
Since it happened in the Target I guess I'll say...

Cool store, bro.  :P
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #89 on: November 02, 2011, 09:42:57 PM »
Ask your Manager to have Loss Prevention come in and burn you a DVD from the in store camera system! :lol
Haha - nice suggestion!  I wish my AP guys were into that type of music, and maybe that would have a little more traction.

In Target lingo, that would be the ETL-AP.  (don't ask me how I know that)
I'm assuming you know that because you worked with one of them on a legal case.  Or perhaps you rob Targets in your spare time.

Since it happened in the Target I guess I'll say...

Cool store, bro.  :P
Well played!

Lastly, waiting for Alex to come in and admit that he has no Target stories better than this one.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #90 on: November 18, 2011, 07:19:38 AM »
Bravewords is streaming 30 Pieces Of Silver :metal
 
NICE! I cannot wait for this album!
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
Winger Theater Forums........or WTF.  ;D
TAC got a higher score than me in the electronic round? Honestly, can I just drop out now? :lol

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« Reply #91 on: November 18, 2011, 07:25:22 AM »
Whoah...I just checked that out and it rocks.

Is Theocracy in the same vein as Nevermore, musically. That dude from Theocracy can sing. I may have to pick up their albums...

Love them both!


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Will give more listens, but first listen is awesome metal.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #92 on: November 20, 2011, 03:36:43 PM »
New album is supposed to release digitally tonight at midnight:

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. I MET THE MAN HIMSELF
« Reply #93 on: November 28, 2011, 09:12:55 AM »
As The World Bleeds is kicking my ass :metal

A great follow up to Mirror Of Souls. Gets better with every spin. Title track is my fave so far.

These two albums are to me, the modern day Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pts 1 & 2.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
Winger Theater Forums........or WTF.  ;D
TAC got a higher score than me in the electronic round? Honestly, can I just drop out now? :lol

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #94 on: November 28, 2011, 11:39:58 AM »
I am really liking what I'm hearing as well, though I haven't had much time for a lot of focused listening yet.  That Val Allen Wood guy sure does throw down some monster leads and solos.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #95 on: November 28, 2011, 11:46:19 AM »
I want to hear this rather badly. Hopefully sometime in the near future.
I felt its length in quite a few places.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #96 on: November 28, 2011, 12:05:12 PM »
Get on Spotify.  I signed up for it just to hear the single when it was released.  Now the whole album is on there.  And Spotify is awesome.  Win/win.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #97 on: November 28, 2011, 07:49:51 PM »
Might order this on my next paycheck. Love this band.
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #98 on: November 28, 2011, 08:00:37 PM »
I've only listened to this once with one earphone in, so I haven't given it much of my attention, but from what I heard, the lyrics are really obnoxious this time around whereas with Mirror Of Souls, I could sing along to songs like Bethlehem and all was good. Also, this album is desperately trying to be Mirror Of Souls, and is only really pulling it off be copying vocal melodies and elements from other songs. Nailed copies Laying The Demon To Rest's prolonged wail at the beginning for starters. I'll give this album a proper listen, but those are the things I noticed first. And I really don't like the lyrics to I Am. I love to verses in Light of The World though.

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #99 on: November 29, 2011, 06:09:53 AM »
I wouldn't say it tries to hard to be MOS. Stylistically, they are definitely similar, but that's who they are. You can say that about most bands though. Most Power and Thrash metal bands tend to paint themselves into a corner over time, so you could see that happening with Theocracy, but I think that's still a while off.

I love the Kill 'em All style ending to The Gift Of Music. I Am is definitely my least favorite.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
Winger Theater Forums........or WTF.  ;D
TAC got a higher score than me in the electronic round? Honestly, can I just drop out now? :lol

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #100 on: December 05, 2011, 01:36:50 AM »
Interesting interview with Matt Smith.  He talks a lot about Christian stuff (which I find interesting), but there are also some cool tidbits about a possible video and also a remix/re-release of their first album.

https://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/business-being-diva/2011/dec/2/metal-music-theocracy-World-Bleeds/

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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #101 on: December 05, 2011, 03:04:39 AM »
Cartoon celebrity Bart Simpson’s favorite metal band is brazenly dubbed “Satanica,” which offers us an interesting insight into how pop culture in the U.S.A. perceives heavy metal music.

I had to stop reading and post how wrong this is, since I am a major Simpsons nerd.

Season 11 of The Simpsons Season 11, episode: Alone Again Natruadiddily, Reverend Lovejoy gets the band Covenant, a Christian band featuring Rachel Jordan as the singer, to fill in for the organist who is on a much needed vacation.

Lisa asks Marge, "Hey isn't that the bass play from Satanica?" and Marge replies, "I think it is." Bart makes no reference to a band called Satanica at any point in time.

Although in another episode, Lisa The Sitter, again similar situation, where a Pentacostal band named Testament (Obviously the Simpsons didn't know their less known Thrash bands) Bart says "Pfft, All the best bands are affiliated with Satan."



Sorry I had to get that out there....yes I am that simpsons nerd.  :biggrin:




But back on Topic I really like Theocracy. I don't care if the lyrics are christian or not. I play as much Neal Morse as I do Behemoth. Theocracy is just good music.  :metal


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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #102 on: December 14, 2011, 01:58:26 PM »
fFinally got my copy of the new cd yestrday. AWESOME!
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Re: The Theocracy Thread v. New Album IS OUT
« Reply #104 on: December 22, 2011, 08:33:48 AM »
Just got this.  Taking it all in...

Kind of amazing just how much the lead vocals and vocal melodies sound like all the guys from Stryper and Firehouse got together to do an album.
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