Theory in Practice - _Colonizing the Sun_
(Listenable Records, 2002)
by: David Rocher (9 out of 10)
As the biography states, "Theory in Practice has to be heard to be believed" -- a statement which falls nothing short of the truth, for this Swedish quartet are, and without exaggeration, as unique as they are awe-inspiring. With only three full-length releases on their slates, Theory in Practice have crafted their own unique and bewildering style of extreme metal, a hybrid thriving on compelling melody, seemingly limitless inspiration and unbridled technicality. Much more intricate and less blatantly Atheist-influenced than their Pulverized debut _Third Eye Function_, _Colonizing the Sun_ is a colossal entity of awe-inspiring progressive, heavy, technical death metal, featuring more hooks, time changes, mystifying leads and unbelievable arrangements than most bands will ever succeed in churning out in the space of a decade. In fact, putting the essence of _Colonizing the Sun_ in words is as close to impossible as the title itself; cleverly eluding any possible musical classification, yet directed and congruent enough to be ear-catching at a first listen, Theory in Practice's third release is an epic, puzzling, intricate yet furiously musical experience that will leave any self-respecting metalhead with a taste for the unusual speechless and bewitched; in the guise of this inconceivable meisterwerk of melodic death metal may in fact lurk a future referential milestone; an expanded, evolved and grandiose _Unquestionable Presence_ for the new millennium -- and if you have trouble believing it, then taste it to be subdued.

(article published 7/3/2002)


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