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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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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 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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The Acacia Strain Announces US Headlining Tour

Massachusetts based metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have announced tour dates with All Shall Perish and Since the Flood. The dates are as follows:

With The Warriors:
5.30.08 CLUB INFINITY, Williamsville, NY
6.01.08 THE RITZ - Warren, MI
6.02.08 REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB - Chicago, IL
6.03.08 TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB - Minneapolis, MN
6.05.08 AQUARIUM - Fargo, ND
6.06.08 SOKOL UNDERGROUND - Omaha, NE
6.07.08 MARQUIS THEATRE - Denver, CO
6.09.08 THE VENUE - Boise, ID
6.10.08 THE BOULEVARD - Spokane,WA
6.11.08 STUDIO SEVEN - Seattle, WA
6.12.08 SATYRICON - Portland, OR
6.13.08 THE BOARDWALK - Orangevale, CA

With Eternal Lord:
6.14.08 CHAIN REACTION - Anaheim, CA
6.15.08 HUDSON THEATRE - San Bernardino, CA
6.16.08 JERRY’S PIZZA - Bakersfield, CA
6.18.08 THE ROCK (AZ) - Tucson, AZ
6.19.08 LAS CRUCES LIVE - Las Cruces, NM
6.20.08 RED 7 - Austin, TX
6.21.08 FAT DADDY’S SOUND SHACK - Lewisville, TX
6.22.08 CRUSH LOUNGE - Tulsa, OK
6.24.08 THE MUSE - Nashville, TN
6.25.08 MUSIC FARM - Charleston, SC
6.26.08 KC’S MUSIC ALLEY - Fredericksburg, VA
6.27.08 CHAMPION SHIP - Lemoyne, PA
6.28.08 STARLAND BALLROOM - INFEST- Sayreville, NJ
6.29.08 THE WATERFRONT - Holyoke, MA (filming of new DVD)

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New Jersey's Infest 2008 Details Revealed

Infest 2008 will take place on June 28th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets are $28 in advance. In addition to one main performer which has yet to be disclosed, the following artists are slated to appear:

The Black Dahlia Murder
Kataklysm
Vader
Cryptopsy
The Acacia Strain
The Faceless
Despised Icon
Emmure
Aborted
All Shall Perish
Born of Osiris
Psycroptic
Whitechapel
Since The Flood
Eternal Lord
Brother Von Doom

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The Acacia Strain Confirms European Touring Plans

Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have confirmed a return trip to Europe with support from Annotations of An Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss, including a show with Converge, Inegrity and Coliseum in Germany. Heading across the pond in July and August, this marks the band’s first return after offering direct support to Hatebreed in April of 2007 and first set of tour dates after THE ACACIA STRAIN’s plans to headlining shows throughout the US on the Sun Your Bunz Summer Tour with support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors, Eternal Lord and Since The Flood.

“I can't even express in words how excited I am for this tour,” frontman Vincent Bennett says. “This is our first time in mainland Europe, so expect some culture shock on both ends. Annotations and Knights of The Abyss both bring devious amounts of heavy, so this should be a tour to contend with. See you in July!”

Meanwhile, THE ACACIA STRAIN will enter the studio April 13 with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z Studio to record "Continent," the follow-up to 2006’s "The Dead Walk." Again handling artwork will be Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), and one of the pre-production tracks from "Continent," entitled “Dr. Doom,” is available on the band’s MySpace page.

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All Shall Perish Comment On "Sun Your Bunz Tour"

Oakland CA’s very own ALL SHALL PERISH will be taking part in this Summer’s Sun Your Bunz tour featuring headliners THE ACACIA STRAIN. Support will come from THE WARRIORS (May 30th – June 14th), ETERNAL LORD (June 14th – 29th) and SINCE THE FLOOD. Drummer, Matt Kuykendall, commented on being in a yet another cramped space with the same sweaty dudes for another month:

"This fucking tour is going to crush! We love the ACACIA STRAIN’s music and the great dudes in the band. THE WARRIORS are added to half the tour as well, so its not only gonna be a mosh nightmare but an awesome time with old friends. We are also going to debut around three new songs so we cant wait! SINCE THE FLOOD has always been awesome hardcore and now with Nate Johnson singing for them they are going to be insane. We get to meet a bunch of Australians in ETERNAL LORD who are pretty much the nicest people on the planet; it’s gonna be a great tour. See you in the pit!" More...

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The Acacia Strain To Headline Sun Your Bunz Tour

Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce a summer 2008 headlining tour across the United States. Dubbed the Sun Your Bunz Tour, and featuring support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors, Eternal Lord and Since The Flood, the tour with cross America from late-May into late-June. A tour admat is also available online here. The run will be in anticipation of THE ACACIA STRAIN’s forthcoming album, "Continent," which is scheduled for release later this year through Prosthetic Records.

Meanwhile, the band has posted a pre-production song entitled “Dr. Doom” from "Continent" on THE ACACIA STRAIN’s MySpace page. The band will head into the studio April 13 with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z studio, and pre-production for "Continent" has already been completed. For "Continent," THE ACACIA STRAIN has again tapped artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), who handled the artwork for the band’s previous release, "The Dead Walk," which saw a June 2006 release via Prosthetic Records.

Having just played a handful of Canadian shows in March as well as completing a successful headlining tour with Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos, and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza in November and December of 2007, THE ACACIA STRAIN will also play a hometown show April 26 in Worcester, Mass. as part of the 10th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

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The Acacia Strain Posts Pre-Production Song

Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted a pre-production song entitled “Dr. Doom” from the band’s forthcoming record, "Continent," on the band’s MySpace page. Currently scheduled for release later this year, the band will head into the studio April 13 with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z studio. Pre-production for ‘Continent’ has been completed and THE ACACIA STRAIN has again tapped artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), who handled the artwork for the band’s previous release, "The Dead Walk," which saw a June 2006 release via Prosthetic Records.

Having just played a handful of Canadian shows in March as well as completing a successful headlining tour with Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos, and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza in November and December of 2007, THE ACACIA STRAIN will again embark on a headlining tour this summer. Details, support bands and confirmed dates will be announced shortly. In addition, the band will play a hometown show April 26 in Worcester, Mass. as part of the 10th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

THE ACACIA STRAIN live:

4/26 Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metalfest)

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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The Acacia Strain Looking At September Release

THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted the following update:

"Just checking in to give you all an update as to what we have going on over here... pass it on. :)

We are almost finished writing the new record, we have 2 more songs to go! We have been in the studio writing and getting ready to record for over 2 months and we can't wait to get in the studio and lay this stuff down. Looks like we are still shooting for a September release for the record.

We are going to Europe in July and August. We will be there from July 11th to August 4th. We will be touring with Annotations Of An Autopsy and Knights Of The Abyss.

We are looking forward to the tour and getting back over that way. It has been a long time! (For those in other countries we may not get to this time, we are working on it, promise.) Keep checking back for cities and dates!

June is still a go for a US tour. Bands, cities, etc. to be announced soon.

We are re-doing our MySpace and that will be up within the next couple of days. Thanks to Mike @ theMike Designs for helping us out with that. He rules!

In the meantime, our management put two songs on the player that you wanted to hear.

Check out: here.

Add as friends (very important), and take a listen to '4x4' and 'Passing The Pencil Test'.

You are all AWESOME. Thank you for the support, the health help, kind comments and messages. THUMBS UP!

See you soon."

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Video Interview with Unholy Guitarist Online

A video interview with Jonathan Dennison of UNHOLY is available for viewing at The Daily Rock.

Jonathan explains how Unholy came together, the origins of the darks lyrics of the band and how his interests in movies and comics influences his songwriting, hobbies & things he enjoys doing in his spare time, and he talks about future plans for the band including touring and recording next spring.

Jonathan recently joined The Acacia Strain as their 2nd guitarist for the band’s headlining fall tour, adding to his impressive resume which also includes Path Of Resistance, Another Victim, Santa Sagre, and of course Unholy.

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The Acacia Strain Add Second Guitar Player

Western Massachusetts' purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have confirmed the addition of Jonathan Dennison (Unholy, Another Victim, Path of Resistance, Santa Sangre). The band will depart for a headlining tour later this fall with support coming from Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

"I couldn't be happier with our decision," comments THE ACACIA STRAIN frontman Vincent Bennett. "In my eyes, J.D. is the ideal choice. Everyone is really excited to have him on board and we can't wait to see what he has to offer this band. We're wicked excited for this tour. I've wanted to tour with all of these bands forever, and we finally are. We are going to be playing some songs that we haven't played in forever or haven't been able to play due to the lack of a second guitar and will be showcasing a new song or two. Sorry to our friends in the Great White North though, we are seriously trying to stay away from those dangerous snow-covered roadways. I promise we will make it up to you when the warmer weather hits. See everyone in November and December!" More...

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The Acacia Strain Announce Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN, have confirmed most dates for an upcoming fall headlining tour dubbed Crashing Through the Holidays to continue supporting the band's latest release, 'The Dead Walk.' Joining the band on the road will be Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos and the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, with additional support from Recon, Implosive Disgorgance and Ligeia on select dates. Currently wrapping up dates alongside labelmates All That Remains as well as Protest The Hero and Too Pure To Die, THE ACACIA STRAIN will take a month off the road before heading back out in late November.

"We're wicked excited for this tour," frontman Vincent Bennet says. "I've wanted to tour with all of these bands forever, and we finally are. We are going to be playing some songs that we haven't played in forever or haven't been able to play due to the lack of a second guitar (hint) and will be showcasing a new song or two. Expect a ton of "thumbs up" and some serious hangouts. Save your pennies too, because we are going to have a bunch of one time only merch designs! I can think of no better way to ring in the holiday season than with all the bands on this tour. Sorry to our friends in the Great White North though, we are seriously trying to stay away from those dangerous snow-covered roadways. I promise we will make it up to you when the warmer weather hits. See everyone in November and December!"

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Acacia Strain Guitarist Sidelined By Spider Bite

The Acacia Strain recently canceled several shows after guitarist was bitten by a brown recluse spider. Here's statement from singer, Vincent Bennett:

"I'm sure a lot of you have heard that we had to cancel the last day of Sounds of the Underground and our last couple of shows because DL got bit by a poisonous spider. DL is not dead, so you can squash that rumor. He got bit by a brown recluse, you can read all about it here. Basically, it's a spider whose venom rots skin. If it isn't treated in enough time the bite victim can rot completely from the inside. The doctors said if we had waited two more days DL would have been legless, or dead. But he's, ok. Ok?"

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11th Annual Dirt Fest Announced

The 11th annual Dirt Fest will take place on August 25th at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, MI. Doors open at noon and admission is $21 in advance. Bands slated to perform include:

Between The Buried And Me
The Acacia Strain
From A Second Story Window
See You Next Tuesday
Alesana
Holy Roman Empire
Dance Club Massacre
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
As Cities Burn
Four Letter Lie
Life In Your Way
Mayday Parade
Beneath The Sky
Born Of Osiris
Veil Of Maya
Plague Bringer
Harlots
Speakerfire
In The Face Of War
Signs Of Collapse

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New Gojira And Acacia Strain Videos Online

GOJIRA's will see the band's latest music video re-aired on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball this weekend, so be sure to tune in! GOJIRA's video for "To Sirius" is available online here, while you can also check out "Angry Mob Justice" from THE ACACIA STRAIN here, just in case you can't catch the show.

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Shadows Fall Announce SOTU Warmup Dates

Shadows Fall have lined up the following three headlining shows to lead them into this summers "Sounds Of The Underground Tour":

June 29th Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! (Feat. Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain)
June 30th Huntington, WV - Huntington Music Hall (Feat. Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain)
July 01st Knoxville, TN - Blue Cat's (Feat. Every Time I Die, Darkest Hour, The Acacia Strain)

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