of the Month:
Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls, Ulterium Records
|Theocracy started out as a one-man-band. Matt Smith recorded all
instruments and did all the vocals on the self-titled debut album. An admirable
achievement. Now Smith is back with a band including drummer Shawn Benson and guitarist
Jon Hinds. What they deliver on Mirror Of Souls can be admired as well. The album kicks of
with the solid A Tower Of Ashes with its fast and slower passages and excellent
production. It's just a pleasure to listen how well worked out this arrangement is. But
this can be said of other tracks too. Theocracy plays power metal that sounds quite
straight forward. It's not at all innovative, but it's done so well that it is quite
enjoyable. Sometimes there are thrash and speed tendencies, like in the lengthy track
Laying The Demon To Rest. Speaking of lenghty, the title track is over 22 minutes long.
Even though the song is lengthy, it never bores as it has enough variety to keep
the attention. Matt Smith's vocals are clean and smooth. He sings well and uses vocal
layers to create harmonies. This album contains top notch power metal with very catchy
choruses, memorable melodies and a great sound. I'm actually impressed by this release.
Fans of powerful melodic metal can buy this CD blindly.