Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy is thrilled to welcome Ernie Topran to the band as their permanent drummer. Ernie has been drumming for more than 20 years, and has been active in the Atlanta music scene since 2006. During that time he has performed with many different bands, and he has been Theocracy’s touring drummer for the last couple years.

“I was happy to help Theocracy when they needed a touring drummer for some Scandinavian and German festivals,” says Topran. “I’ve known the guys for years, and my previous band Halcyon Way shared the stage with them many times. We had great times both on and off the stage, so when I was asked to join the band permanently, I accepted without hesitation. I look forward to many years of making music with such a great group of guys!”

Theocracy founder Matt Smith adds, “Ernie has proven himself to be a total professional and completely dependable, which is what we were looking for. In addition to his incredible drumming skills, he also happens to be the most kindhearted, genuine and fun guy you could ever hope to meet. We couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

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“Ghost Ship” entered the Billboard Hard Rock chart at #19, the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #7 and the Billboard Independent Albums chart at #44!

Vocalist/songwriter Matt Smith:

“Wow. Thank you guys SO MUCH for supporting us and making the release of Ghost Ship an amazing success. We are all blown away. When I started this band, I never even dreamed of things like this, because it seemed impossible given what we do. Things like the Billboard chart never even entered my mind, and yet here we are because of you. Thank you for taking Theocracy far beyond our wildest dreams, and we hope that you continue to enjoy the album!”



“At last, the day you’ve been asking about for years has arrived…THE NEW THEOCRACY ALBUM IS HERE!!! We pray that Ghost Ship will be an encouragement to you, and for anyone hurting out there, we hope these songs will minister to you in some way.  Thank you for your support, for listening, and for making it possible for us to continue doing what we do. We had our third five-hour rehearsal of the week tonight to prepare for the tour, and as the clock struck midnight on release day, we happened to be playing “Easter.” It was a great moment. Then we found out that the “Ghost Ship” video has already passed 100,000 views, and that our upcoming show in Neckarsulm, Germany has officially sold out! THANK YOU ALL for making this day extremely special for us, and we hope you love the album.

P.S. This album sounds great loud, so CRANK it in case your neighbors haven’t gotten their copies yet. Enjoy!”

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