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

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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.

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Unholy Announces More Summer Tour Dates

The Syracuse, NY based metal act UNHOLY recently completed a full US tour alongside Earth Crisis and Walls of Jericho in support of their new Prosthetic Records release "New Life Behind Closed Eyes."

Guitarist Jonathan Dennison comments about the recent tour with Earth Crisis and Walls of Jericho; “The tour was fucking awesome! Our new songs went over really well live and it's been great meeting our fans and making new ones. We are very thankful for everyone’s support."

UNHOLY is now set to tour with Evergreen Terrace, The Acacia Strain, and Cruel Hand as a part of the Summer Slob Tour, which kicks off on July 17th in Pennsylvania.

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Awaken Demons Signs To Trustkill Records

Trustkill has announced the worldwide signing of Italy's AWAKEN DEMONS. Hailing from Cesena, Italy, the band just recorded their brand new album, "The Mirror," which is due out this summer on Trustkill. The album is ten songs of pure aggression, and features guest vocals from Vincent Bennet (The Acacia Strain) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis).

In 2007 Awaken Demons released their debut album, "From Heaven To Hell," through Seventh Dagger and subsequently invaded the US with their friends xAFBx and Rhinoceros. They spent the better part of 2008 writing their next album and hitting the stage with First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Agnostic Front, Evergreen Terrace, Sworn Enemy, Ringworm, A Day To Remember, and more.

Speaking on the signing, bassist Nicola Lelli said, "We've always been huge Trustkill fans, since the late 90s. Trustkill was a dream for us and when Josh contacted us, we couldn't believe it. Being the first Italian band on the roster is definitely a huge step for us. Thanks a lot to Josh and the Trustkill crew, we are honored be part of this family."

In 2009 the band has lined up shows with Madball and will play the Open Air Festival, as well as shows in Germany, Belgium, and Holland. More shows to be announced soon.

Check out the pre-production track "Coming To An End" on their Myspace page.

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The Acacia Strain Comments On Golden Gods Award

Massachusetts heavyweights THE ACACIA STRAIN, who just completed a six-week tour with Bleeding Through, won the MySpace Readers' Choice Award at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last night (Apr. 7). Photos of the band arriving on the event's "black carpet" can be viewed here.

Also, the band -- who will play the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival next weekend -- has been added to day two of The Bamboozle, a festival in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 2-3 that features acts ranging from No Doubt and Fall Out Boy to Whitechapel and GWAR.

Shortly after receiving the Golden Gods Award, the group, which is currently planning a North American summer tour, issued the following statement: "Thanks to all our friends and fans who voted for us! It's an honor to receive such an award. We'll see you soon at New England Metalfest, Bamboozle and our 'Summer Slob' headlining tour!"

Last August, THE ACACIA STRAIN's latest album, "Continent," debuted at #107 on the Billboard Top 200. The band will kick off a month-long European tour with Aborted in late May.

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Deterrence Completes Recording of Debut Album

Toronto metal/hardcore act, DETERRENCE, has finished tracking their debut full length album. The album was engineered by Mike Belanger (The Miles Between) at Studio ID in Somerset, MA. It is also expected to have guest appearances from members of The Miles Between, Acacia Strain, and Blessed By A Broken Heart. The album is expected to be releases late summer 2009 by a yet undetermined label. In other news DETERRENCE will be headlining The Decimatour 2009 from June 29 - Aug 21st, at the moment all dates are tba. Demos of their new material can be heard on their MySpace page.

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Despised Icon Launches Weekly Studio Video Blog

Montreal extreme metallers, DESPISED ICON, have started work on their new album, due later this year via Century Media Records.

Vocalist Alex Erian comments, "We're done writing and the new shit is packed with brutality. Can't wait to play these songs live! As always, our longtime buddy Yannick St-Amand will produce the whole thing and we got Zeuss and Alan Douches to take care of the mixing and mastering, so the result should sound monstrous! Our boy Felix Rancourt, the evil mastermind behind all our imagery, promised us his sickest album artwork to date." More...

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NEMHF 2009 Adds Third Stage

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.

The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.

“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.

The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.

Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.

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Lineup Announced For NE Metal And Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.

Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.

Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...

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Bleeding Through Announces Headling Tour Dates

Bleeding Through will be embarking on a huge headlining tour next month along with The Acacia Strain, As Blood Runs Black and Impending Doom.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 14 - The Glasshouse – Pomona , CA
February 15 - Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
February 16 - Launch Pad – Albuquerque , NM
February 17 - Dom Amigos – Odessa , TX
February 18 - White Rabbit - San Antonio , TX
February 19 - Java Jazz – Houston , TX
February 20 - Riglea - Ft Worth, TX
February 20 - Marquee – Tulsa , OK
February 22 - Pop’s – Sauget’s, IL
February 24 - Headliner’s – Louisville , KY
February 25 - The Masquerade – Atlanta , GA
February 27 - Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
February 28 - Fuel – Jacksonville , FL
March 1 - Music Farm – Charleston , SC
March 2 - The Orange Peel – Asheville , NC
March 3 - Soapbox Laundro-Lounge – Wilmington , NC
March 4 - Canal Club – Richmond , VA
March 5 - Ottobar –20 Baltimore , MA
March 6 - Trocerdaro – Philadelphia , PA
March 7 - Blender at Gramercy - NYC, NY
March 7 - Northern Lights – Albany , NY
March 9 - The Station – Portland , ME
March 11 - La Tulipe – Montreal , Canada
March 12 - Opera House – Toronto , Canada
March 14 - Diesel – Pittsburgh , PA
March 15 - Peabody’s – Cleveland , OH
March 17 - Majestic – Detroit , MI
March 18 - House of Blue’s – Chicago , IL
March 19 - Eagles Club – Milwaukee , WI
March 20 - Station 4 – St Paul , MN
March 21 - Picator – Iowa City , IA
March 22 - Cervantes – Denver , CO
March 24 - The Venue – Boise , ID
March 25 - Neumo’s – Seattle , WA
March 26 - Hawthorne Theater – Portland , OR
March 27 - DNA Lounge – San Francisco , CA
March 28 - Key Club – Hollywood , CA

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The Acacia Strain: "We Aren't Deathcore"

The Acacia Strain vocalist Vincent Bennett recently did an interview with website Metal Sucks in which he expressed his distaste that the band has been labeled "deathcore." An excerpt from the interview follows:

Metal Sucks: What do you think about the “deathcore” label? Do you think it describes The Acacia Strain? Do you embrace the term or is it a “dirty word?”

Vincent Bennett: I have said it a couple of times: deathcore is the new nu-metal. You see the same kids and the same ethic. It sucks. And if anyone calls us “deathcore” then I might do something very bad to them. We aren’t deathcore. We are heavy. Any band that calls THEMSELVES deathcore should not be writing music. It just goes to show you that the weak minded need to label things.

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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New Melbourne Date Added to Parkway Drive Tour

Parkway Drive have added a 4th Melbourne date on their upcoming December "Sweat Fest" tour featuring Suicide Silence, A Day To Remember. The Acacia Strain and Confession.

Dec 10 River Stage, Brisbane All Ages
Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com.au

Dec 11 High School, Byron Bay All Ages
Tickets on sale from All Music and Vision (Byron, Lismore and Ballina), Kill The Music, Rocking Horse, Mosh Pit, Music Mania, Sunflower Music and www.resistrecords.com

Dec 12 Roundhouse, Sydney All Ages SOLD OUT

Dec 13 Panthers, Newcastle Lic / All Ages
Tickets on sale from Panthers Box Office, The Rock Shop, Beaumont St Beat, Moshtix outlets and www.resistrecords.com

Dec 14 Roundhouse, Sydney All Ages
Tickets on sale from Ticketek 132 849.

Dec 16 Metro City, Perth All Ages *
Tickets on sale from Moshtix outlets and www.moshtix.com.au

Dec 17 Metro City, Perth 18+ *
Tickets on sale from Moshtix and www.moshtix.com.au

Dec 18 Thebarton, Adelaide Lic / All Ages
Tickets on sale from Venue tix.

Dec 19 Billboard, Melbourne 18+ SOLD OUT

Dec 20 Billboard, Melbourne U18 SOLD OUT

Dec 21 Billboard, Melbourne U18 (day)
Tickets on sale from Billboard Online (www.billboardthevenue.com.au), Moshtix and Ticketek 132 849.

Dec 21 Billboard, Melbourne 18+ (night)
Tickets on sale from Billboard Online (www.billboardthevenue.com.au), Moshtix and Ticketek 132 849.

* Confession not playing

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Bleeding Through Announces Headlining Tour

Orange County based metallers Bleeding Through has announced that they will embark on a headlining North American tour early next year. No dates have been announced yet but joining them will be The Acacia Strain, As Blood Runs Black and Impending Doom. More details will be revealed once they have been announced.

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Nate Johnson Joins Fit For An Autopsy

Notable hardcore/metal singer Nate Johnson recently joined death metal outfit Fit For An Autopsy. In addition to Johnson, who has done time in Since The Flood, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, and Premonitions Of War, among others. The band also features former members of The Acacia Strain and Shattered Realm. Two new songs from the band are available on the band's MySpace player.

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TTEOTD Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Through The Eyes Of The Dead has announced new Canadian tour date with The Acacia Strain and See You Next Tuesday. "We haven't toured in Canada in almost a year now so we are very excited to play the country again," the band commented.

Here are the tour dates:

11/01/08 - London, Ontario @ Embassy Hotel
11/02/08 - Hamilton, Ontario @ Casbah (OH)
11/03/08 - Toronto, Ontario @ Reverb
11//04/08 - Quebec City, Quebec @ Anti
11/06/08 - Ottowa, Ontario @ The Bayou
11/07/08 - Montreal, Quebec @ Underworld
11/08/08 - Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec @ Complexe Beethoven

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Unearth Reveals More New Album Details, Tour Dates

Details surrounding Unearth's recently completed new album, "The March," have been revealed as well as dates on their fall headlining tour.

The band posted in their blog:
"Well, we've completed work on our new album entitled The March which is scheduled to drop on October 14 via Metal Blade Records. According to Trevor, 'The March' symbolizes both the evil and hopeful sides of humanity. The Evil: With the constant balancing act of power within government, religion and our financial institutions, there lies the chance of those most hungry for power to alter and restrict our freedoms for their gain. The Hopeful: This represents the faith in mankind as the most powerful force on the planet. If we come together and do not fight over religion, class and borders then we hold the key to a peaceful world. There are two possible futures in store; either a March of power and greed or a March of a unified human race."

The final track listing for "The March" is:

1. My Will Be Done
2. Hail the Shrine
3. Crow Killer
4. Grave of Opportunity
5. We Are Not Anonymous
6. The March
7. Cutman
8. The Chosen
9. Letting Go
10. Truth or Consequence

In advance of the release of "The March," Unearth will be heading out on a U.S. tour with Protest the Hero, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel and Gwen Stacy. The band will be debuting a couple of new songs from "The March" while on tour as well

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Song Online

Massachusetts' metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have posted another track, "The Combine," from the band’s forthcoming album, "Continent," along with the third episode in a series of TAS TV episodes on the band’s MySpace page. The previous episodes, as well as the track “Skynet” and a pre-production version of “Dr. Doom,” are available there in the meantime. Due out August 19 through Prosthetic Records, pre-orders are available here.

THE ACACIA STRAIN will play a handful of local record release shows before hitting the road this fall as support to Unearth and Protest The Hero alongside Whitechapel and Gwen Stacy. More...

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The Acacia Strain Announces Record Release Shows

In the wake of their US headlining SUNZ YOUR BUNZ TOUR, THE ACACIA STRAIN, has announced three northeast record release shows in celebration of their latest effort, "Continent" (Prosthetic Records). The three dates, which will immediately follow the completion of the band’s current European trek with Annotations of an Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss, are scheduled for August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Maine, Rhode Island, and New York respectively.

"Continent," THE ACACIA STRAIN’S fourth studio album, is due out on August 19th on Prosthetic Records. Fans can get a little taste of what Continent has in store for them by checking out the album’s first single, “Skynet”, on the band’s official MySpace page. Eager fans can preorder the new disk in five different, exclusive packages online here.

Here are THE ACACIA STRAIN's record release shows:

8/21 Portland, ME – The Station
8/22 Providence, RI – The Living Room
8/23 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft

Here are the current THE ACACIA STRAIN European Tour dates with Annotations of An Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss: More...

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Song Online

Massachusetts heavy hitters THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted a brand new song, "Skynet," on the band’s official MySpace page to celebrate the launch of pre-orders for the band’s forthcoming album, "Continent," now available online in five different, exclusive packages here. The first 400 pre-orders will come with an autographed 11"x17" poster featuring album artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium).

"Skynet" is the lead track from "Continent" and is slated to be shot for a music video shortly; more details on that will be available soon. "'Skynet' is a band favorite," vocalist Vincent Bennett says of the band's new track. "We figured we should debut some of our 'different' tracks so when people pick up the album they are totally confused."

Scheduled for an August 19 release through Prosthetic Records, "Continent" is THE ACACIA STRAIN’s fourth full-length release and again features artwork from Romano who also supplied artwork for the band’s 2006 release, "The Dead Walk," and audio production from Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, God Forbid). The band recently completed a successful headlining tour across America with support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors and Since The Flood, culminating in a hometown show this past weekend in Holyoke, Mass. which was filmed for an upcoming DVD release in the future. THE ACACIA STRAIN will take a few days off at home before departing again for Europe alongside Annotations of An Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss.

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Eternal Lord Loses Drummer and Cancels Tour Dates

Eternal Lord have parted ways with their drummer, which has resulted in the cancellation of their tour with The Acacia Strain. They have left the following explanation on their MySpace page:

"A couple days ago Stu decided to quit Eternal Lord leaving us in the lurch for all the upcoming shows and U.S Tour. We are sorry but we are gonna have to cancel a lot of shows and the US tour we have coming up as a result of this."

"We know this is letting a lot of people that have worked hard for EL and our supporting fans down but this situation is out of our control. We tried to find someone to fill in but failed." More...

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The Acacia Strain Readies Tour, New Album

Massachusetts four-piece, The Acacia Strain, is set to embark on a month-long headlining tour this summer. The SUN YOUR BUNZ tour, which kicks off in Buffalo on May 30th, will run through the end of June, leveling 26 cities along the way. Adding to the onslaught are fellow Massachusetts hardcore veterans, Since the Flood, and Nuclear Blast’s, All Shall Perish, who will be along for the duration of the tour. The Warriors (Victory Records) and Eternal Lord (Ferret Music) round out the lineup as they perform on select dates. SUN YOUR BUNZ will finish up on June 29th in Holyoke, MA, just minutes outside The Acacia Strain’s hometown of Springfield, where the band will have their set filmed for an upcoming DVD. The band will then bring the brutality overseas for a European tour with Annotations of an Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss.

"This is the best time of year to tour,” says The Acacia Strain vocalist, Vincent Bennett. “I couldn't ask for a better group of dudes to spend my time on the road with. Excited to see old friends and meet new ones. It is going to be a killer June. Come on out and SUN YOUR BUNZ!"

The Acacia Strain is also gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album, "Continent," which is due out on August 19th on Prosthetic Records. The band had the opportunity to work with acclaimed producer, Zeuss,(Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, God Forbid) on the release.

"We don't remember when writing a record felt this good,” explains the band’s guitarist, DL. “Continent has something to it that we never really tried before; some uncharted territory, but at the same time still left us room to do what we love doing best. There's a little something for everyone on this one...even that guy."

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Blood Stands Still Posts New Song Online

BLOOD STANDS STILL have posted the track "Increase The Pressure," featuring guest vocals from First Blood vocalist Carl Schwartz, on their MySpace profile. The song comes from the band's album "Salvation Through Struggle," which has a release date of May 27th through Mediaskare.

The band has also lined up a short west coast run with friends Lose None.

BLOOD STANDS STILL tour dates are as follows:

5/30 Westlake Village, CA – Kung Fu Corner (w/ xAFBx, Salt The Wound)

(w/ Lose None)
6/07 Reno, NV – TBA
6/08 Boise, ID – TBA
6/09 Spokane, WA – The Blvd.
6/10 Vancouver, BC – The Sweatshop
6/11 Vancouver, WA – Pistol's Skate Shop
6/12 Tacoma, WA – Viaduct
6/13 TBA, OR – TBA
6/14 San Jose, CA – MACLA
6/15 San Bernadino, CA – Hudson Theatre (SummerSlam w/ The Acacia Strain and others)

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