The Acacia Strain
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From: Springfield, MA, United States
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Much like last year, Prosthetic Records will be well represented at Austin's South By Southwest Festival next week. Although the label does not have an official showcase or party, there are six bands from the roster playing multiple shows throughout the week.
The Acacia Strain, Animals as Leaders, The Funeral Pyre, Last Chance to Reason, Trap Them, and latest signing Junius will all be playing showcases and/or day parties throughout the week. Prosthetic will also be giving frequent Twitter updates on SXSW showcases throughout the week at this location. The upcoming Prosthetic shows at SXSW are as follows:
The Acacia Strain
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 5:10
Animals As Leaders
3/17 Sumerian Showcase @ Habana Bar Backyard, 10PM
3/19 Alternative Press Party @ Emo's TBA
The Funeral Pyre
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 1:10
3/18 Power of the Riff @ ND Studios, 3:30
3/18 Mylene Sheath Showcase @ Valhalla, Midnight
3/20 Radar Recordings & Giant Steps Prod. Present 'Goodbye Southby' @ Emo's, 9pm
Last Chance to Reason
3/20 @ Dirty Dog Bar
3/17 Full Metal Texas @ Emo's, 4:05pm
3/18 Power of the Riff@ ND Studios, 2pm
3/18 NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 3:50pm
3/19 Thrasher Deathmatch @ Scoot Inn, 5pm
As Third String Productions enters a 7th year of promoting festivals in North Texas, the organization has teamed up with Sumerian Records to present the 2011 South By So What?! music festival. South By So What?! began in 2007 as a multi-stage music festival showcasing the majority of the all-ages bands that would be making the trek to SXSW. This year's festival will be held at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, TX on Saturday, March 19th and headlined by Sumerian artist Asking Alexandria.
The support acts include: Emmure, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, Dance Gavin Dance, The Faceless, The Acacia Strain, Chiodos, Veil of Maya, Animals As Leaders, the recently reunited Gatsby's American Dream, Iwrestledabearonce, Miss May I, Chelsea Grin, Evergreen Terrace, Kill Matriarch, T-Mills, Lower Than Atlantis, Of Mice & Men, In Fear And Faith, I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Upon A Burning Body, Abandon All Ships, Woe Is Me, The Color Morale, I Declare War, For All Those Sleeping, Just Like Vinyl, Close To Home, The Amity Affliction, and more still to be announced.
For additional details on the festival check out this location.
American extreme metal outfit Whitechapel has announced that they will be heading to Europe in April for their first headlining tour overseas. Joining them on the trek will be The Acacia Strain and Impending Doom.
Guitarist Alex Wade stated: "We're really excited to headline the UK and Europe for the first time. Whenever we have came over it's always been to support or for festivals. Now we can give our fans the proper headlining show they deserve! We're also really excited to be bringing our friends in The Acacia Strain and Impending Doom over as well. Don't miss this tour!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
American deathcore heavyweights Whitechapel have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek will come from The Acacia Strain, Veil Of Maya, Chelsea Grin and I Declare War. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
02/10 Knoxville, TN – Valarium
02/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/13 Richmond, VA – The National
02/14 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
02/15 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts
02/16 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
02/17 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
02/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
02/19 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/20 Williamsville, NY – Club Infinity
02/22 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
02/23 Toronto, ON – Opera House
02/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
02/25 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
02/27 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/28 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
03/01 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
03/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/04 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/05 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/09 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/12 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
03/13 San Diego, CA – Soma
03/14 Pomona, CA – Glass House
03/15 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
03/19 Ft. Worth, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
03/23 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/24 St. Louis, IL – Pop’s
03/25 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
Despised Icon has issued the following update:
"It’s been a while already since we made THE announcement and I know some of you are probably saying 'WTF, these guys still aren’t done yet?!' hahah Well, instead of canceling the tours we had in the works at the time, we figured it’d be a good opportunity to play in our favourite cities, tour in a few countries we had never visited before and rock out with you guys for the last time."
"After touring in 24 countries in the last 6 months, we’re finally back home and getting ready to play our last Quebec and Ontario shows next week. This final world tour was simply amazing and since this is the last time we check-in with you guys, I just want to sincerely thank you all once again for all your help and support. We’ve had some good fucking times together!"
"For those who were planning on coming to our final Montreal shows, we have a few surprises for you. The original Despised Icon line-up (2002-2006) will make its appearance and play a few songs from the first 2 albums! We're also happy to announce that our brothers in Ion Dissonance and Beneath The Massacre will be supporting their new records for the first time at home and ABACABB will also be playing one of their last shows ever with us. Our homies in The Acacia Strain, Oceano and Mychildren Mybride will also be part of the event. It's gonna be epic. Bandeapart.ca will film and host the entire last set on their website for free so make sure you demonstrate how we do things in MTL! See you soon!" More...
DESPISED ICON is wrapping up the final shows of their storied career, but they have added a few more in order to have one last hurrah with the Canadian fans that ultimately launched their career. The band has announced six shows featuring support from THE ACACIA STRAIN and appearances by friends and peers such as OCEANO, ION DISSONANCE, BENEATH THE MASSACRE and MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE.
Despised Icon's final Canadian tour dates with The Acacia Strain are as follows:
11/29/10 – Imperial – Quebec, QC (w/ Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
11/30/10 – Cactus – Rimouski, QC (w/Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/02/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/03/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Beneath the Massacre & Oceano)
12/04/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Beneath the Massacre & Mychildren Mybride)
12/05/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Ion Dissonance)
While many bands are hungry for their big break, Taco Bell is helping to satisfy their hunger for food by helping to pick up their late-night dinner tabs. Today, 100 bands and artists were announced as the 2010 Taco Bell Feed the Beat lineup, including The Acacia Strain, Emmure, and Every Time I Die. The fifth annual Feed the Beat program, which provides bands with $500 in Taco Bell Bucks while on tour, received more applications than ever before. Taco Bell issued the following statement about the program:
"Every touring band can relate to eating on the road and Taco Bell has become essential to keep artists rocking while on tour. Taco Bell’s late-night menu offers a variety of items to conquer any band member’s appetite. Recognizing this, Taco Bell began Feed the Beat to fuel bands with Taco Bell Bucks ($500 in Taco Bell Bucks per band) so they can focus on their true passion: music."
"The beauty about Feed the Beat is that the bands lead the way for the program – they tell us what they want and we are more than happy to supply it," said David Ovens, Chief Marketing Officer of Taco Bell Corp. "We admire all of the Feed the Beat bands and are especially excited to see those like Never Shout Never go from an up-and-coming artist when he joined Feed the Beat in 2008 to a headliner on the 2010 mtvU VMA Tour."
The complete list of bands can be found at this location.
Los Angeles hardcore act Terror recently released the new album "Keepers Of The Faith," and will now kick off a European headlining run as part of this year’s edition of the Hell On Earth Tour. The trek also features acts like Every Time I Die, All Shall Perish, The Acacia Strain, and others and starts this Friday, September 17th, 2010. The dates are as follows:
17.09. Jena – F-Haus (Germany)
18.09. Köln – Essigfabrik (Germany)
19.09. Reading – Sub 89 (Great Britain)
20.09. Norwich – Waterfront (UK)
21.09. Newport – Six Feet Under (UK)
22.09. Plymouth – White Rabbit (UK)
23.09. Manchester – Moho Live (UK)
24.09. Sheffield – Corporation (UK)
25.09. London – Islington O2 Academy (UK)
26.09. Antwerpen – Hof Ter Lo (Belgium)
27.09. Paris – Glazart (France)
28.09. Dordrecht – Bibelot (Belgium)
29.09. Frankfurt a.M. – Batschkapp (Germany)
30.09. Klagenfurt – Volxhaus (Austria)
01.10. München – Werk (Germany)
02.10. Pinarella Di Cervia (Ravenna) – Rock Planet (Italy)
03.10. Solothurn – Kofmehl (Switzerland)
04.10. Hannover – Faust (Germany)
05.10. Gothenburg – Musikens Hus (Sweden)
06.10. Münster – Sputnikhalle (Germany)
07.10. Hamburg – Markthalle (Germany)
08.10. Saarbrücken – Garage (Germany)
09.10. Schweinfurt – Alter Stadtbahnhof (Germany)
10.10. Zaandam – De Kade (Netherlands)
11.10. Lindau – Club Vaudeville (Germany)
12.10. Stuttgart – LKA (Germany)
13.10. Wien – Arena (Austria)
14.10. Prague – Abaton (Czech Republic)
15.10. Leipzig – Werk (Germany)
16.10. Berlin – SO 36 (Germany)
Indianapolis, Indiana’s The Contortionist has made several changes to the band's upcoming fall touring season. The Contortionist will hit the road with War of Ages, The Color Morale, The Great Commission, and Legend from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with The Acacia Strain, Terror, The Red Chord, and Gaza from October 29th through November 20th. The complete list of tour dates is as follows:
10/08 - Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout
10/09 - Kettering, OH @ The Attic
10/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10/11 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10/12 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/13 – La Crosse, WI @ WAREHOUSE
10/14 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/15 - South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland
10/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/17 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village
10/19 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
10/20 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
10/21 - Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue
10/22 - Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge
W/ only THE GREAT COMMISSION, LEGEND
10/23 – Crofton, MD @ MACC
10/24 – Holyoke, MA @ Water Front Tavern
10/25 – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
10/27 – Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
10/28 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock More...
Ready for the weekend yet? Friday means more music has been added to the Rock Band Network so you can jam out during the weekend. The Xbox 360 edition has seen more of Amberian Dawn and and a new track from Firewind, while the PS3 edition will get Meshuggah and The Acacia Strain on September 7th. The complete list of new songs added, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Scott Attrill - "Disco Rocket"
Scott Attrill - "Girls Love Techno"
Shokkher - "Burn Her Out"
Free Spirit - "Pale Sister of Light"
The Riptides - "Return to Blood Beach"
Amberian Dawn - "Lionheart"
Amberian Dawn - "Evil Inside Me"
Buttercup - "time-bomb"
Noah Engh The Kid Fantastic - "Buy You A House"
Sideburn - "Cherry Red"
Nerf Herder - "Welcome To My World"
Firewind - "Head Up High"
Bang Camaro - "Revolution" More...
THE ACACIA STRAIN has launched the brand new video for the track, "The Hills Have Eyes." The video was filmed by director David Brodsky (Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth) and comes from their latest album, "Wormwood," which debuted at #67 on Billboard's Top 200, in July.
THE ACACIA STRAIN will be heading to Europe next month for the "Hell On Earth Tour" alongside EVERYTIME I DIE, TERROR, ALL SHALL PERISH, THICK AS BLOOD, DOWN TO NOTHING, and VERA CRUZ, The band also just announced they would be headlining an East coast tour called, "To Catch a Predatour" with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. "To Catch a Predatour" is presented by All In Merchandise, Revolver Magazine, and Metal Injection.
Here are the upcoming THE ACACIA STRAIN tour dates: More...
After seeing their latest album "Wormwood" debut at #67 on Billboard's Top 200, Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of "Wormwood," last month.
The "To Catch a Predatour" sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. In typical THE ACACIA STRAIN fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special t-shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise.
If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.
Here are the latest "TO CATCH A PREDATOUR" dates:
10/29 Albany, NY - Northern Lights
10/30 Jermyn, PA - Elanor Rigby's
10/31 Providence, RI - Lupo's
11/1 Pittsburg, PA - Altar Bar
11/2 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
11/ 3 Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC - GZSC
11/5 Jacksonville, FL - Rain
11/ 6 West Palm Beach, FL - Ground Control
11/7 Tampa, FL - State Theatre
11/9 Birmingham, AL - Zyedeco
11/10 Nashville TN - Rocket Town
11/11 Louisville, KY - Headliners
11/12 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
11/13 Toledo, OH - Headliners
11/14 Windsor, ONT - Blind Dog
11/15 London, ON - Music Hall
11/16 Longeueil, QC - Salle Kekpart
11/17 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
11/18 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11/20 Holyoke, MA - The Waterfront Tavern More...
The Acacia Strain has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of this October. Joining them on the trek will be hardcore favourites Terror, as well as The Red Chord and The Contortionist. The dates for the run are expected to be revealed shortly.
Ryan's Rock Show recently conducted an interview with The Acacia Strain, in which the band discusses near death experiences. You can check out footage from the interview below.
The Acacia Strain's new album "Wormwood," which was released last Tuesday July 20th, has charted at #67 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, with 6,466 units sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This is the highest debut, in both chart position and number sold, in the band's five-album, 10-year-plus career. The album is also ranked at #66 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #8 on the Hard Rock Chart.
Front man Vincent Bennett commented; "We couldn't be happier about the reaction 'Wormwood' has been getting. We didn't know how it would go over and so far the feedback has been awesome! We appreciate the support of our fans helping us to get the word out and be a part of this record. Thanks for the support!"
The Acacia Strain is currently on the "Cool Tour" along with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages.
I recently got out to see the Cool Tour in Baltimore for a much-needed break. Featuring eight bands from every corner of the metalcore genre, one might be surprised to hear that this is the new tour by some of the Sounds of the Underground organizers, in it first year of the planned annual outing.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right away: With a name like “The Cool Tour” and a lineup full of metalcore bands, one might expect a bunch of straight/floppy haired teens in girl jeans as the audience. Luckily this was not the case, but it was clear that this tour is marketed to the younger and more trendy crowd. This was not your typical metal crowd, as short hair was the order of the day, but it was not what I expected either. While the name and first impressions might actually be a turn off to older and “true” metalheads, a closer look at the lineup reveals a few good reasons to check it out. I realized that if nothing else, headliners As I Lay Dying would put on a great show, and I also wanted to check out the much-hyped Between The Buried and Me as well as highly underrated Cancer Bats. If you are one who hates all things ‘core, don’t bother, however.
This was my second show at Sonar, and my impression of the venue since the first time was much improved. It seemed more organized and the security and staff were extremely helpful, the latter putting up with bands’ verbal jabs at them looking bored while encouraging the crowd to crowd surf to give them something to do.
While the entire venue was in use, the bands played only the main stage. Fortunately they had the process of switching bands down to a science and there was only a 10 to 15 minute gap between bands’ 30 minute sets for the most part.
Note: with a only passing familiarity with many of the bands, I am not able to name many songs or give set lists for this tour, even for the bands whose CDs I own. But read on for my account of the concert. More...
Massachusetts metalcore act The Acacia Strain have posted the final video teaser online for their new studio album titled "Wormwood." "Wormwood" was released today, July 20th, 2010, through Prosthetic Records.
The video can be viewed below:
Massachusetts metal band THE ACACIA STRAIN has unveiled the third video covering the time period and the odd occurrences, since they finished recording their new album, "Wormwood," which will be released on July 20 via Prosthetic Records. In this episode, viewers are brought up to speed on drummer Kevin Boutot's odd legal and penal predicament drummer. Watch it below:
Prosthetic Records has officially added four song from four of their artists, on the new Rockband Network, which allows users to download tracks from a wide library of artist and label submitted tracks. Prosthetic Records' first entries into the system include tracks from The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Scale the Summit and Holy Grail.
The songs include:
The Acacia Strain – Doctor Doom
Holy Grail – Fight To Kill
Scale The Summit – The Great Plains
Skeletonwitch – Crushed Beyond Dust
The COOL TOUR download pack has been released. The package is full of merchandise and goodies, listed below. You can get it at the COOL TOUR Facebook page.
The download pack includes:
As I Lay Dying merch coupon for $3 off a purchase over $30 at asilaydyingstore.com
Underoath merch coupon for 15% off a purchase over $20 at underoathmerch.com
Cancer Bats MP3 "Sabotage"
Invisible Children Video
Atticus Coupon for 25% off anything in the Atticus Black Webstore
Alt Press Coupon for a 1 year digital subscription for only $5
The Acacia Strain: "Dr. Doom (live)," taken from their recently released 2DVD "The Most Known Unknown."
War Of Ages MP3 "Collapse"
Ding! Coupon for 20% off anything at dinglife.com
Facedown Records coupon for 10% off merch and music at facedownrecords.com
Blessthefall MP3 "To Hell And Back"
Fearless coupon for 10% off http://fearless.merchnow.com/
Free Fearless Records Summer 2010 sampler
2010 Cool Tour New Artist Sampler (provided by Metal Blade Records & Good Fight Records).
Here's the Cool Tour 2010 sampler tracklisting:
1. The Absence - "Enemy Unbound"
2. Aeon - "Kill Them All"
3. Allegaeon - "The God Particle"
4. Barn Burner - "Holy Smokes"
5. Bison b.c. - "Two-Day Booze"
6. Brain Drill - "Monumental Failure"
7. Charred Walls Of The Damned - "Ghost Town"
8. Dawn of Ashes - "Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon"
9. Fatal Embrace - "Wake the Dead"
10. Fleshwrought - "Mental Illness"
11. Istapp - "Vinterrket"
12. Kings Of Asgaard - "Vamods Tale"
13. Lightning Swords Of Death - "Nihilistic Stench"
14. The Ocean - "Swallowed By The Earth"
15. Return To Earth - "Back Of My Hand"
16. Skyforger - "In The Underworld"
17. System Divide - "Vagaries of Perception"
18. Valkyrja - "Oceans to Dust"
19. Woe Of Tyrants - "Creatures of the Mire"
20. Cancer Bats - "Dead Wrong"
21. Son of Aurelius - "Mercy For Today"
22. I Am Abomination - "Since 1776"
23. This Or The Apocalypse - "Charmer"
24. Rosaline - "London Lost Its Fog"