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Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun (9,5/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Label: Listenable Records
Playing time: 47:39
Band homepage: Theory In Practice


  1. Colonizing The Sun
  2. Conspiracy In Cloning
  3. The Psychomantum Litany (chronicle excerpt)
  4. Shapeshifter
  5. Ashen Apocrypha
  6. The Clockwork That Counts Aeons
  7. Illuminati
  8. Replica Dawn
  9. This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun
Now, at "The Metal Observer" we have our very own THEORY IN PRACTICE-groupie, Gabe, and it was cause of his recommendations that I check out one of this band's earlier records, "The Armageddon Theories". After hearing that I had extremely high expectations of the new album by this Swedish Death Metal-outfit. So here you go, the newest piece from THEORY IN PRACTICE, "Colonizing The Sun" has arrived…

Let's say this right away, THEORY IN PRACTICE is not for every Metalhead. What this band displays is an orgasm of very technical Death Metal, that might strike are rather unorganized to the untrained ear… but when you do listen carefully, a new world opens up, a world full of adventure, beauty, originality, diversity… I might even go as far as calling it a Metal-Valhalla! The guitars are so damn spectacular that it's impossible not to bang your head to this wonderful piece of art.

The songwriting has changed a little bit when compared to "The Armageddon Theories", the new album is a bit better organized (though "The Armageddon Theories" is absolutely spectacular, it has its odd passages) and everything just fits perfectly. The new approach of songwriting maybe makes the music a bit more accessible, which may lead to more recognition by the fans, something this band truly deserves. Another change is the vocals, where they weren't bad at all (but a bit hard to get into) on the previous recordings, "Colonizing The Sun" features absolutely phenomenal vocals. And if you were to combine great vocals with phenomenal guitars and killer drumming, what do you get?

A MASTERPIECE!! I just can't say it any other way. This is by far the best record I have heard in the last half year and this year has to be mighty spectacular if this doesn't end up in my top 5 of the year (though the new SUIDAKRA and NILE-albums might have a good shot for position number one on that list). Check-out tips are "Colonizing The Sun", "Shapeshifter", "Illuminati" and "Replica Dawn". Oh yeah, that last song is a SPARKS-cover, and doesn't fit on this CD at all, so I'm not counting that one.

There's no use in saying more about this record, this is as good as technical Death Metal comes and the only thing you can do is buy this album… NOW!!!

Vincent Portegijs

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