"Self Titled" By Theories Of The Apocalypse (Lexington, KY)/Metal/Released 2016
A culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of dedication to their craft, central Kentucky metal monsters Theories of the Apocalypse have released their eponymous full length album. From humble beginnings in 2007 while the members were still in high school, the band has rose to regional prominence, played numerous shows, and shared the stage with major acts like Nile, Shadow’s Fall, and Trivium.
The band encompasses the classic extreme styles of metal, playing a mixture of old school thrash and melodic death styles. With nary a sung lyric in sight the band is definitely heavy. However the group plays with plenty of groove and melodic song structures that make them accessible to fans of the not so extreme metal styles.
The album is rife with heavy bangers throughout the album. The first song “Plea to the King” opens with a great twin guitar harmony before going into the meat of the track with pounding double bass and David Langley’s hellish vocals. “Acid Lake” is a thrashy, groove-centric track that’s fun to bang your head to. “Mortal Ale”, which is accompanied by a music video, aims to be a metal drinking song and features the group showing more of their death metal side.”Ground Zero” is a classic thrasher reminiscent of the styles of Megadeth and Slayer. “Chosen by the Sword” is one of the albums more unique tracks and features unique start and stop rhythms and skillful scale runs by guitarists Gaige Blankenship and Anthony Grigsby. “Entombed” is the albums longest and most experimental track that ventures into the most melodic territory.
After nine years of playing together Theories of the Apocalypse have crafted an album that showcases the group’s great chemistry and experience. It’s an album by metalheads, for metalheads. And any metal fan will find plenty of mosh-worthy songs to bang their head to.