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The Acacia Strain

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Formed: 2002
From: Springfield, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete The Acacia Strain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Acacia Strain Comments On Album Positions

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.

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Metalcore Invades Baltimore on The Cool Tour

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...

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The Acacia Strain Posts Final Video Teaser Online

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:

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The Acacia Strain Posts Third Studio Video Online

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:

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Prosthetic Records Artists Added To Rockband

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

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The Cool Tour 2010 Download Pack Released

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"

UPDATE: There is some confusion about this whole thing and a redirect not working, but you can download the sampler directly from Amazon.com (U.S. only). More...

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The Acacia Strain Reveals Guest Vocalists

The Acacia Strain has confirmed the appearance of three guest vocalists on thier new album titled "Wormwood". The album is set for release on July 20th via Prosthetic Records. Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, 100 Demons' Bruce LePage and Born Low's Kyle Chard all add thier distinct vocal styles to the album. "Wormwood" was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with producing, mixing and mastering coming from Zeuss who has previuosly worked with such bands as Hatebreed and Shadows Fall.

"Wormwood" track listing:
1. The Beast (Featuring Jamey Jasta)
2. The Hills Have Eyes
3. BTM FDR
4. Ramirez
5. Terminated
6. Nightman (Featuring Bruce LePage)
7. The Impaler
8. Jonestown (Featuring Kyle Chard on Itunes and Vinyl version only)
9. Bay of Pigs
10. The Carpathian
11. Unabomber
12. Tactical Nuke

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Album Teaser

The Acacia Strain is set to release the new album "Wormwood" on July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The band has now posted a commercial online for the new album, which can be viewed below.


Wormwood - Pre-Release Episode 1

THE ACACIA STRAIN (NEW SONG / PREORDERS UP!) | MySpace Music Videos

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Meet & Greet Scheduled with Top 'core Bands

Zia Records in Chandler, Arizona, will be hosting a Meet and Greet on July 30, 2010. Starting at 2:30 PM, The Acacia Strain, Between the Buried and Me, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages will all be there to sign autographs and chat with fans. The event is free and more information, including the exact street address, can be found at ziarecords.com.

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The Acacia Strain Streaming New Song "Jonestown"

The Acacia Strain is currently streaming a new song online off the band's upcoming full-length album "Wormwood," which is due out July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The new song "Jonestown" can be heard at this location. The Acacia Strain also has the following upcoming tour dates:

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. - Ghostfest
7/9 Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/10 Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/13 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
7/15 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
7/16 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
7/17 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
7/18 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
7/20 Boston, MA - House of Blues
7/21 Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
7/22 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
7/23 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
7/24 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Complex
7/25 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
7/27 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
7/28 Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
7/30 Mesa, AZ - Marquis Theatre
7/31 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
8/1 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages) More...

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The Acacia Strain Reveals Album Title And Artwork

The Acacia Strain has posted a brief video clip online revealing the title and artwork for an upcoming album, which can be viewed below.


The Acacia Strain - Album Contest Twitter Winner!

THE ACACIA STRAIN (FIFTH STUDIO VIDEO POSTED!) | MySpace Music Videos

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The Acacia Strain Finishes New Album

The Acacia Strain has completed work on a new album, which will be released July 20th in North American and August 2nd in Europe. The band recorded the follow up to 2008's "Continent" at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering.

The Acacia Strain played several shows this past week with Killswitch Engage. The band will also be participating in "Cool Tour" in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

7/13 The Tabernacle- Atlanta, GA
7/14 House of Blues- N. Myrtle Beach, SC
7/15 The Fillmore- Charlotte, NC
7/16 Sonar- Baltimore, MD
7/17 Sound Academy- Toronto, ON
7/18 Royal Oak Music Theatre- Royal Oak, MI
7/20 House of Blues- Boston, MA
7/21 Starland Ballroom- Sayerville, NJ
7/22 Electric Factory- Philadelphia, PA
7/23 The LC Pavilion- Columbus, OH
7/24 Eagles Complex- Milwaukee, WI
7/25 The Pageant- St. Louis, MO
7/27 Verizon Wireless Theater- Houston, TX
7/28 The Palladium Ballroom- Dallas, TX
7/30 Mesa Amphitheatre- Mesa, AZ
7/31 Palladium- Los Angeles, CA
8/1 The Warfield- San Francisco, CA

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The Acacia Strain Posts Fifth Studio Video

The Acacia Strain has posted the fifth video online from the band's time in the studio recording a new album. The video clip can be viewed below.


The Acacia Strain - Studio VLog #5 - Guest Vocals

THE ACACIA STRAIN (FIFTH STUDIO VIDEO POSTED!) | MySpace Music Videos

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New Metal Songs On Rock Band This Week

A number of new tracks were release for the Rock Band Network this week, including some decent metal songs. There are new tracks available from The Acacia Strain, Bang Camaro, a t o m, and Rose of Jericho. Five more tracks also come to the PlayStation 3 including All That Remains and Amberian Dawn.

Here's what new in the Rock Band Network in the last week (metal and otherwise):

The Acacia Strain - "Dr. Doom"
a t o m - "You Take It All"
a t o m - "Light Of Day"
a t o m - "You're Not Alone - Rock Mix"
The Fury - "Beauty Queen"
Parry Gripp - "Last Train To Awesometown"
Andy Timmons - "Redemption"
Johnny Cooper - "Don't Feel Like That Anymore"
Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra - "Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky)"
Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra - "Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms)"
Like A Storm - "Chemical Infatuation"
Rose of Jericho - "Wrong Side of the Sky"
Midnight Ocelot - "Rock Your Socks Off"
Bang Camaro - "Swallow the Razor"
a'tris - "Automatic Doors"
Robby Suavé - "Everyone I Know is an Alcoholic"

New to RBN on PlayStation 3 (available 5/18/10):

All That Remains - "Days Without"
Amberian Dawn - "He Sleeps in a Grove"
The Hold Steady - "Sequestered in Memphis"
the Apples In Stereo - "Energy"
Dear in the Headlights - "Talk About"

Rock Band Network tracks are available on the Xbox 360 and can be purchased through the in-game Rock Band Music Store or online by clicking on the Xbox Marketplace link on each song page. Select tracks are available on the PlayStation 3.

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Studio Video Blog

Western Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN, has posted the latest installment of their on-going in-studio video blog series. After the fall out of last week's video, front man Vincent Bennett shows his devotion to perfection by working on some new vocal patterns he's never experimented with before. THE ACACIA STRAIN entered Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with producer Zeuss to record the follow up to 2008's, "Continent" last month. The album will be released later in 2010 by Prosthetic Records. Check out the video below:

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Studio Blog

The Acacia Strain has posted more footage online from their time recording new material in Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA. The video clip can be viewed below.


The Acacia Strain - Studio Vlog Update 3

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The Acacia Strain Posts More Studio Footage

The Acacia Strain recently entered Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA to record an upcoming album. The band has posted a second video blog online from the recording sessions, which can be viewed below.

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Tour Dates Announced For "Cool Tour"

2010 will see the inaugural edition of the "Cool Tour," which will feature As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The Cool Tour will begin on July 12 in Orlando, FL and comes to a halt in San Francisco, CA on August 1st.

“After taking last summer off to focus on writing new material, we'll be back out this year in support of our latest album, The Powerless Rise,” states As I Lay Dying guitarist Phil Sgrosso. “We've got a killer line up of bands that share the same passion for heavy music and putting on a great show every night for the fans. You don't want to miss a tour as good as this.”

“We're looking forward to get out on the Cool Tour this summer,” states Underoath guitarist Tim McTague. “2010 has been a transitional year for Underoath, and we are looking forward to putting our new direction in motion.” McTague also adds, “Cool Tour is the perfect place to come out and show everyone what Underoath of the future will sound like.”

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

7/12 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (7 bands only; no Acacia Strain)
7/13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
7/14 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues SC
7/15 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
7/16 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/17 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
7/18 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
7/20 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
7/21 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
7/23 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
7/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Complex
7/25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/27 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
7/28 - Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
7/30 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
7/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
8/1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

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The Acacia Strain Checks In With Studio Footage

The Acacia Strain recently entered Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA to record a new album. The band has now posted footage online from the recording session, which can be viewed below.


The Acacia Strain - Studio Update #1

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The Acacia Strain To Enter The Studio This Week

Western Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN has set the dates to record the follow up to their 2008 release, the highly successful "Continent.” The band will be returning to track the new record with Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA, where they recorded “Continent,” on April 14th.

Vocalist Vincent Bennett commented, “It's been a long time coming. It’s going to be hard to follow ‘Continent,’ but I'm confident that everyone will be as pleased with this record as we are. With this album we're not trying to reinvent the wheel, per say, but prove ourselves viable in today's music scene."

"Written and (to be) recorded in its entirety on 8 string guitars, this record will be the heaviest record of 2010, hands down."

Bennett added, "This is not the heaviest record EVER written, but it IS the heaviest ACACIA STRAIN record to date."

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