MATT SMITH Discusses New THEOCRACY Album: “I Thank God For The Opportunity To Do This One More Time, When I Think It Wouldn’t Happen”

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Formed in 2002 to spread their majestic metal in the likes of Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, and Symphony X, Theocracy released four critically acclaimed studio albums, building a loyal fanbase as well.

For more than 20 years, Matt Smith has been pouring his life blood into Theocracy, creating a legacy and back catalog that grants him a safe space to breathe and develop his vision. Seven years ago, Theocracy came out with their tour de force album, “Ghost Ship”. It’s filled with punch and hooks. And per usual, it’s a record about faith and its many aspects. And then…nothing.

For seven long years. Perhaps that was the biblical seven years of famine. But that time is at an end. The new Theocracy album called Mosaic” will be out on October 13 via Atomic Fire Records.

“Mosaic” Album Artwork

As brilliantly showcased by its stained-glass-window-like artwork by Steven Howard, “Mosaic” contains 10 new hymns were recorded, produced, and mixed by Matt Smith at Theocracized Studios and Full Moon Studios in Athens, GA, and rounded off by skillful mastering engineers Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge, NY.

“It’s my life’s work,” says Smith when talking about the band. “All I wanted to do since I was a kid was writing songs, so Theocracy existed in my mind for many years before the first album. It’s the vehicle that has taken me all around the world and allowed me to exceed my wildest dreams by getting my songs out, and I am so thankful.”

Smitt recently sat down with Mark Boardman and the two discussed the inception of “Mosaic”, the band’s past, their arrival to a new label, the album’s lyrical themes and much more. Watch or listen to their chat below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.


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