Released: 2002, Listenable Records
Is technical death metal your thing? If it is, I sincerely hope you have heard of Theory in Practice!!! Hailing from Sweden, COLONIZING THE SUN is the bands third album (check out reviews database for a review of their previous album THE ARMAGEDDON THEORIES). Besides the music, I absolutely love the album title and the amazing cover art for COLONIZING THE SUN!
In terms of technical metal in general, anyone who appreciates fine playing should give this a listen. Even if you are not a big time death metal fan, but you love great guitar and drum work, then this may very well be something you could listen to. Their previous album was a little harder to follow but still was a technical masterpiece. With COLONIZING… the band has shown considerable growth in their songwriting and riff-writing abilities. Hints of thrash metal in the riffs popup from time to time which is also a nice addition but it’s the technicality, the fast tempo riffs and runs on the guitar which make me go HOLY FUCK! The level of musicianship and the busyness of the album as a whole will drain listeners whose attention span usually lasts for shorter periods or who are not accustomed to listening to technical music. The band has introduced more melody into their music this time, but I do not think this is at the expense of the heaviness. So don’t worry, this is not something you’ll be humming along with after 2-3 listens! Despite that, the band themselves reportedly consider COLONIZING THE SUN their most 'accessible' album. I would say that is because it’s also their best written with songs like the title track and “The Clockwork That Counts Aeons” for example. To show that the band is not only influenced by other death metal acts they cover an obscure and forgotten 70s progressive band called Spark! The only element of the band which is not “progressive” or “diverse” enough is the vocals. It’s too bad the vocalist doesn’t have more tricks in his bag…that’s the only downfall of the band as a whole for me.
If you listen to technical death metal bands like Cryptopsy, Atheist, Cynic, and Gorguts then I can guarantee you that Theory in Practice will be right up your alley. Even if you love neo-classical shredding from Cacophony and Yngwie J. Malmsteen then the guitar playing on here will pique your interest! Check out the band’s website at: http://hem.passagen.se/theory/