Theory in Practice

Colonizing the Sun

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Theory in Practice brings to mind a few different metal bands with their brutal assault, but the band that they have the most in common with seems to be Fear Factory. Not the multi-faceted Fear Factory that pals around with Gary Numan and appears on major film soundtracks, but the savage Fear Factory of 1992. The Fear Factory that flavored their sludgy death metal assault with the occasional sample or synth line. Which is precisely how Colonizing the Sun is handled by these folks. The only problem is that ten years after Fear Factory first did it, a hundred other metal bands have done the exact same thing with little or no change. And just like all of those bands, Theory in Practice delivers a by-the-numbers metal album. Sure, they throw in cute touches like bass solos to prove their technical chops, and they have a very aggressive sound that really fits their style. But the songs are the same old nonsense, the vocals are unintelligible, and it is hard to believe that after 15 years, this genre just gets bigger and bigger with so few changes to the sound.

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