||Masterpiece would be a proper name to describe
the self-titled debut of Theocracy.
Matt Smith (Theocracy) is a metal orchestra. Yes, one person does
everything…this is quite impressive. Matt writes very appealing
music as if he knows what everyone wants to hear. This self-title
disc is progressive, epic, power metal in the style of Stratovarius,
Blind Guardian, and Rhapsody type bands. No elements are missing,
the CD feels like a well thought-out, full of sound, album. Great
musicianship but the programmed drums take away from the album a minuscule
amount. All elements work together well and actually cover up the
electronic nature of the drums. But still, this would be even better
with a real drummer.
The lyrics are religious but tell a story instead of making you feel
like you are being preached too. If you are looking for a good track,
just pick one at random…they are all good. The song “Theocracy”
is a good example of the previously mentioned Stratovarius feel. My
other favorites include “Ichthus,” “Mountain”
and “The Healing Hand.” The Healing Hand is one of the
3 songs that are over 11 minutes each. As a whole this disc has10
songs and over 68 minutes. It’s a well worthy purchase for anyone
into the more melodic site of metal.