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Review: Theocracy - Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship

Label: Ulterium Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 54:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Ghost Ship

Rated 3.61/5 (72.17%) (23 Votes)

First of all, I need to make a confession... Ready? Nope, not confessing my ultimate sins or anything like that, but even worse: I had never heard of Theocracy before. Until now. So, let me count, Ghost Ship is the album title of these melodic-sounding US metallers' fourth album already – and the band doesn't tell stories about the house of God and stuff? Well, okay, I don't let this scare me away though as I am not scared of stories about Satan's kingdom either. Let's talk about the music itself, which should be all that matters, right?

What this album is all about, first and foremost, is excellent musicianship. I can easily hear some amazing talent, even with having heard Ghost Ship only twice nonstop thus far. Different musical emotions within Ghost Ship vary a lot, going from ballad-ish parts to mean walls of riffs played with relatively heavy fingers (at times are very thrashy, like in "The Wonder of All It") and everything in-between. Theocracy's take on their Metal anthems is like a chameleon. I consider their style more progressive Metal than your typical flower-ish Power Metal because of their drive for more musically challenging things. Specifically, be amazed by the last epic song,"Easter", which lasts nearly 10 minutes, which sums up what can be expected from this band.

Ghost Ship has a lot to offer and I am glad this talented band crossed my path.

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