ernie-theocracyHet Amerikaanse Theocracy was afgelopen november nog in volle glorie te aanschouwen op het Brainstormfestival in Apeldoorn als afsluiting van hun Europese tour. Voor de Europese tour was drummer Ernie Topran beschikbaar. Nu is bekend geworden dat Ernie gerekend mag worden tot de permanente line-up van de band.

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.

Theocracy just returned from a successful European tour supporting their new album “Ghost Ship”, which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts in the U.S.