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Swedish progressive metal band THEORY IN PRACTICE was brought to existence in July 1995. Founded by Henrik Ohlsson (Drums), Peter Lake (Guitar), and Matias Engstrand (bass/keyboards), Johan Ekman(vocals/guitars) was soon added to the original trio.

During May 96, the band decided to record a demo after spending half a year with rehearsals and live performances. The demo "Submissive'" was recorded at the Abyss studio engineered by owner and famous band member of HYPOCRISY Peter Tätgren. That demo entered the top ten in 1996 in CLOSE UP magazine as well as getting a great reviews all over Europe.

Their debut album "Third Eye Function",was released in 1997, and the album received positive thunderous reviews in all the press. Unfortunately, Johan Ekman decided to leave the band after the release of the debut album. It didn't tarnish the band's enthusiasm in getting better musicians and getting ready for the second album "The Armageddon Theories", recorded in 1998. The new opus showed improvement in creativity as well as production. Henrik took the vocals duty and Peter played all the guitars.

In 1999, "The Armageddon Theories" was released and awoke the interest of many European labels. The band decided to switch to LISTENABLE records which eventually re-released the second album with a new packaging. "The Armageddon Theories" received critical acclaim worldwide.

In 2002, THEORY IN PRACTICE released "Colonizing the Sun". Peter and the band produced the album in his own studio HANGAR 18. in Sweden. "Colonizing the Sun" shows the band even more mature than ever by incorporating classical music influenced arrangements and a somewhat more melodic however more straight forward approach.Closing the album with a surprising SPARK cover, the band shows their passion for 70s music.

In the same vein as labelmates TEXTURES,and highly recommended for fans of technical/complex/extreme progressive metal.

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Third Eye Function, studio album (1997)
The Armageddon Theories, studio album (1999)
Colonizing the Sun, studio album (2002)

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2.74 | 7 ratings
Third Eye Function
3.71 | 7 ratings
The Armageddon Theories
3.29 | 12 ratings
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 Third Eye Function by THEORY IN PRACTICE album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.74 | 7 ratings

Third Eye Function
Theory In Practice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars The debut album from Theory in Practice called Third Eye Function is the last album I heard from this tech death metal band. I think both the Armageddon Theories and Colonizing the Sun are good Tech death metal albums. Especially The Armageddon Theories calls for repeated listening in my ears. This album is not quite as impressive though. Itīs obvious to hear that this is a debut album.

The sound quality is not very good, and I especially dislike the crunchy guitar sound. Itīs not sharp enough for this kind of music. The musicians are pretty good but I donīt particularly like the drummer Henrik Ohlsson. I think he seems a bit untight.

The compositions are basically death metal with tech metal tendencies and I know a lot of albums in this genre that I would rather listen to than this one. Itīs just too generic and not innovative enough. Lots of things happen in the songs, but itīs poorly executed and I have forgotten the songs as soon as the album is over.

This is only a 2 star album for me and I would recommend that you listen to Theory In Practise second album The Armageddon Theories instead if youīre curious about the band.

 Colonizing The Sun by THEORY IN PRACTICE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.29 | 12 ratings

Colonizing The Sun
Theory In Practice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The third and final (?) release from Theory in Practice is a good technical death metal album. I wouldnīt call it excellent but it is absolutely worth purchasing.

There have been some changes since their last album The Armageddon Theories. The music has become a bit more accesible without ever touching the commercial though. The Armageddon Theories was a technical Death Metal tour de force with brilliant melodic solos and a fierce vocal delivery. The ever changing rythm patterns and time changes kept that one very interessting througout. I am not as impressed with Colonizing the Sun. Itīs pretty good though.

Theory in Practice have incorporated more melodic playing into their style and the technical time changes are kept more simple ( well simple compared to their previous efforts, not simple in other contexts), which means they sound more like a normal melodic swedish death metal band now. To some listeners this will be a good thing, but it kind of turns me off. I liked their more unaccesible sound. One more thing about the album is the vocals. They have a very processed sound, and that is too bad since I really loved Henrik Ohlssonīs extremely fierce vocals on The Armageddon Theories. I guess he got tired of spitting blood after each rehearsal and concert.

I have to note that the production is very clean and nice this time around. The Armageddon Theories didnīt have the best sound, but Colonizing the Sun has a very professional sounding production.

All in all this is a good technical death metal album. Theory in Practice is still a very agressive band and the technical playing on the album should satisfy most fans of the genre. I just donīt feel itīs genre defining or above average. 3 stars.

 The Armageddon Theories by THEORY IN PRACTICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.71 | 7 ratings

The Armageddon Theories
Theory In Practice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The Armageddon Theories was a nice surprise to me when I bought it a couple of years ago. I like complex and technical Death Metal but I feel many bands in the genre go for technicality instead of making memorable songs. This is not true when it comes to Theory in Practice. The songs are well written and have good hooks that you can remember even though there a hundreds of riffs in every song.

There is an overall sci-fi feel to the lyrics and the music that I really like. Itīs dark and brutal.

The music is very technical death metal with lots of beautiful leads and motifs played by the guitar. I will have to mention Henrik Ohlssonīs vocals as they are sinister and aggressive growls ( pretty understandable really).

Iīm not sure who this album is meant for, but I think lovers of brutal and technical death metal, that is not like your average tech death metal can enjoy this as I do. Prog heads wonīt get much out of this, as it is way too metal.

 The Armageddon Theories by THEORY IN PRACTICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.71 | 7 ratings

The Armageddon Theories
Theory In Practice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by avalanchemaster

5 stars the peak of intensity and complexity is on this disc, on Colonizing the Sun, they toned it down and even included a good cover of a bad song (in my opinion at least, the cover adds nothing to the disc though)....

either way, these guys are in a league of their own, and had definitely developed their own sound, another great disc in the rather short history of tech metal with a rather low population of great bands.

But those leads man, those leads! insane. The drumming is stellar as well (also check out the drummer's other bands; Altered Aeon for great aggressive thrash with great leads, Scar Symmetry for that melodic death metal a la Soilwork- only better).

nice, very nice!

 Third Eye Function by THEORY IN PRACTICE album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.74 | 7 ratings

Third Eye Function
Theory In Practice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by avalanchemaster

4 stars Excellent stuff here, with Peter Lake (now in Mekong Delta) on guitar....absolute shredding going on here....yes this is their first release, which has now been reissued and sounds excellent! a very unique listen for sure.....there is a slight hint of Meshuggah- isms in the rhythmic riffage, but do not be fooled, this is no clone. they even throw in some tastey acoustic guitar here and there. This is epic stuff.
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