Theocracy has fired guitarist Val Allen Wood (real name Vladimir) after learning of unethical behavior that stands in direct opposition to the band’s integrity, values, and mission. After a thorough investigation, it was clear to the band members and management that this action was necessary and unavoidable. The band wishes to make it clear that Vladimir does not represent Theocracy in any capacity.
Check out this brand-new studio video for “Collide & Spark,” the first Project Aegis charity song written by Matt!
Matt says: “After the success of ‘Angel In the Ashes’ and ‘And the Rest Is Mystery,’ I thought it was too bad we didn’t have a similar video for ‘Collide & Spark’—especially after we saw that several people thought there were only two Project Aegis songs. Then, with everyone being sequestered at home, I thought, ‘Well, why don’t we just do a video now?’ Thankfully Nils, Henrik, Elin and Markus were on board. Enjoy, and please help us spread it around—remember, every cent from the sale of this song goes to feed Nashville’s homeless via The Bridge Bunch, and given the recent tornado damage and now the pandemic, they could really use the help. Stay safe out there, and God bless!”
We are excited to present “And the Rest Is Mystery,” the third Project
Aegis charity song composed by Matt! This one is over nine minutes in
length, and features vocals by Neal Morse, Daniel Heiman, LEAH, and Matt,
as well as instrumental support from Ernie and Val. All income from this
track goes to Legacy Music, a nonprofit organization that provides music
lessons and instruments to children and teens from difficult backgrounds.
Check out the video below, and follow the links in the description to
We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be playing Day One of ProgPower USA this year on Wednesday, September 4.
Some unfortunate visa circumstances led to unexpected cancellations, and we were asked to step in as a last-minute replacement. It’s always an honor to grace the stage of the best festival in the U.S., so we hope to see you there!
We were utterly shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of André Matos. André’s work with Angra and beyond was a huge musical influence on us in the early days, and Matt Smith has this to say: “Holy Land was actually the first power metal album I ever bought, and André was among the absolute best songwriters in the genre by any calculation. His influence on me was massive in those formative years, and he will be sorely missed.” We decided to record a cover of one of our favorite Angra tracks as a humble tribute to the man and the music he left behind, and we hope you enjoy it. Our prayers are with his family, friends and fans during this difficult time.
Thank you, André, for all the great music.