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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 Get Ready For A Busy Summer

Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN is currently gearing up for a busy summer, including a slot on this year's Sounds of the Underground tour and an impending jaunt as a part of Hatebreed's Monsters of Mayhem 2 Tour. "We couldn't be more excited about this tour," frontman Vincent Bennett says. "The dudes in Hatebreed are nicest guys ever, we really got to know them over in the UK. We have wanted to tour with God Forbid and Evergreen Terrace for a while now and can't wait to see what After The Burial has to offer. And, obviously, we can't wait to hit the road with Terror again, we have been trying to hop on a tour with them since the last one. Everyone should expect the most from us. We have a lot of great bands to keep up with...shit is going to be intense." The entire tour line-up is as follows: Hatebreed, God Forbid, Evergreen Terrace, Terror, THE ACACIA STRAIN and After The Burial.

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All That Remains To Guest On NJ SOTU 2007 Stop

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS has been confirmed as a special guest for the July 14 Sounds of the Underground show at Sayreville, N.J.'s Starland Ballroom, following completion of the band's current tour supporting Bullet For My Valentine, a handful of one-off headlining shows, and a quick Canadian run with Protest The Hero. "We're wicked excited to be a part of this year's Sounds Of The Underground at the Starland Ballroom," frontman Phil Labonte says. "We were proud to be a part of the first US and European Sounds, opening up, so it's a huge honor to be a special guest in Jersey. The show is gonna rule - FUCKING TESTAMENT!!! - and it's a great excuse to hang with our friends in the The Acacia Strain, Shadows Fall, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, GWAR and so many others. Get your tickets early and GET INTO IT!" Tickets can be purchased here.

Recently returning from a European headlining run with Textures and Misery Signals, ALL THAT REMAINS is already back on the road in North America, continuing to support the band's latest effort, 'The Fall of Ideals,' which saw a summer 2006 release and has since yielded the band critical praise and spots on Ozzfest 2006, Sounds of the Underground Europe, as well as tours alongside the likes of DragonForce, Killswitch Engage, and a hugely successful headlining tour earlier this year.

The band's latest video, for the track "The Air That I Breathe," will once again be aired on this week's edition of MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. Check your local listings for time and channel. The Darren Doane-directed clip can be seen online here, while behind the scenes footage from the video shoot can be viewed here.

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Hatebreed To Headline Monsters Of Mayhem II Tour

HATEBREED will be headlining the 2007 Monsters of Mayhem II Tour – featuring metal and hardcore brethren God Forbid, Terror, The Acacia Strain, Evergreen Terrace and After the Burial. Sponsored by Jagermeister and Monster Energy Drink, the Monsters of Mayhem tour has launched its very own “Ladies Night,” putting the females front and center by offering FREE admission for the first 150 females over 21 attending each show. Advance tickets will be available for pre-sale on Hatebreed’s official website, as well as advance pre-order consideration for Hatebreed’s official fan club. VIP tickets will also be available, enabling fans to meet the band before each performance. Select dates will include dual stage festivities, affording local acts the opportunity to reach out to audiences along side the supporting acts. A savvy marriage of hardcore and metal’s finest talents, the Monsters of Mayhem tour marks Hatebreed’s return to the US after a successful UK tour with the Acacia Strain.

Spanning over 21 cities, Monsters of Mayhem II will kick off on May 18th lasting until June 9th. Hatebreed will then head over to Europe for select dates, before returning to headline the second stage at this year’s free Ozzfest. Hatebreed’s latest triumph, Supremacy has been received with overwhelming critical acclaim and respect. Supremacy marks Hatebreed’s Roadrunner debut, as well as a musical catharsis for frontman Jamey Jasta. “I wanted to just put it all out there, to wear my heart on my sleeve more than I have in the past,” Jasta proclaimed in an October 2006 interview with Revolver, “…I needed this to be the most vicious record we’ve ever done.”

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SOTU 2007 Lineup and Tour Dates Announced

Sounds of the Underground has announced the lineup for their annual tour. Following two straight appearances in the middle of the day, the event will be closed most nights by splatter metal champions, GWAR; ensuring that fans will remain blood and gore-free until the closing hours of the show. Three other bands will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR: a block-buster artist yet to be announced, face-shredding metal pugilists Chimaira, and experimental noisemakers Every Time I Die.

The day will be completed with a bill including Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, HeavyHeavyLowLow, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore, This Is Hell, and 2 Cents. Expect additional special guest headliners to join the bill on select dates.

The touring festival launches in July and runs into August. More...

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Hatebreed Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for HATEBREED’s Monsters of Mayhem 2 tour which will also feature GOD FORBID, EVERGREEN TERRACE, TERROR, THE ACACIA STRAIN, and AFTER THE BURIAL:

May 18 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
May 19 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 20 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 21 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 22 - Columbia, SC @ Headliner’s Mainstage
May 23 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
May 26 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

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The Acacia Strain Added To Hatebreed Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN has been added to Hatebreed's upcoming US tour alongside God Forbid, Evergreen Terrace and Terror. This comes hot off the heels of THE ACACIA STRAIN also securing a direct support slot for Hatebreed's forthcoming "Destroy Everything Tour" of the United Kingdom. In the meantime, THE ACACIA STRAIN will play a few regional headlining shows as well as two dates with Necro, DJ Starscream and Freddy Madball in the northeast.

Continuing to support the band's latest release, 'The Dead Walk,' THE ACACIA STRAIN has already toured heavily with the likes of Soilent Green, Caliban and labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. The album's debut video, for the track "Angry Mob Justice," will be re-aired this weekend on MTV2's Headbangers Ball - check local listings for time and channel. The video, directed by Dave Brodsky (Helmet, God Forbid, Goatwhore) and My Good Eye, is also available on YouTube.com.

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The Acacia Strain Featured On Metal Injection

THE ACACIA STRAIN is featured on the latest installment of Metal Injection TV. Check it out online here for exclusive performances and an interview with the guys from their recently completed headlining tour with Job For A Cowboy, Psyopus, See You Next Tuesday, and Daath.

Currently at home in Massachusetts, THE ACACIA STRAIN is gearing up for a handful of shows with Shadows Fall and regional shows headlining in the northeast before joining up with Hatebreed for a tour throughout the United Kingdom.

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The Acacia Strain's Video To Premiere on MTV2

Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN will see the band's video for "Angry Mob Justice" make its television debut on MTV2's Headbangers Ball this Saturday. The clip was directed by David Brodsky (All That Remains, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord) in May 2006 and is currently available online here.

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The Acacia Strain Planning European Tour

Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN have completed plans to head over seas for a European tour in support of the band's current release, The Dead Walk. Playing alongside Belgium's Leng Tch'e and Holland's The Architect, the tour offers wide diversity within the extremem music scene. Spanning from March 23 through April 15, dates, countries and venues will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, THE ACACIA STRAIN is currently out on the road in the States with Job For A Cowboy, Psyopus, See You Next Tuesday and Daath through Feb. 18. The Dead Walk, produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) features artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) and saw a June 13, 2006 release.

THE ACACIA STRAIN on tour
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The Acacia Strain Give Tour, Lineup Updates

Fresh off supporting THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and From A Second Story Window along with labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY, Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN has returned home before hitting the road again in January and February. Vocalist Vincent Bennett has offered a bulky band update via the band's MySpace page:

"Hello everyone in heavyland. Vincent here with a large update. We haven't spoken in a while so I figured I'd bring you guys up to speed. The Daniel [Dan Daponde, guitar] has bowed out gracefully. For those of you have been asking about Daniel J. Daponde, here are your answers: due to health problems, Dan has been forced to leave his position as a badass guitar player in The Acacia Strain. We miss him a whole bunch, and we are sure you all do as well. Wish him luck in his future endeavors!"

"We are NOT currently looking for a replacement. Please stop asking. When we do end up looking for another guitarist, we will let you know. For now, here is what you might want to strive for:

1. At LEAST one year of tour experience as a musician
2. Commitment to us and the road, we are never home.
3. A good attitude!
4. Willingness and the ability to write music.

"There is more, but like I said...We aren?t really looking right now. DL [Daniel Laskiewicz] is doing pretty well on his own.

"The tour with Through The Eyes of The Dead, From A Second Story Window, and Light This City was fucking amazing! Thanks to all who came out and had a good time! See you again in January/February! Speaking of which, we are touring in Jan/Feb with Job For A Cowboy, Psyopus, See You Next Tuesday and Daath! DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO MAKE IT TO ONE OF THESE SHOWS. It?s going to be bruuuuuutal. See you there!"

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The Acacian Strain, Daath Added To JFAC Tour

The final two bands that will be accompanying Job for a Cowboy, Psyopus, and See You Next Tuesday will be Prosthetic Records The Acacia Strain and Roadrunner Records Daath, which features infamous death-metal drummer Kevin Talley. The tour kicks off on January 12th in Menomonee, WI and will end on February 18th in Arlington Heights, IL. With ticket prices between $10 and $12, there is no excuse not to catch what is sure to be one of the most brutal tours out in the underground in early 2007.

Chris from Psyopus had this comment: "The upcoming tour with Job For a Cowboy, The Acacia Strain, Daath and See You Next Tuesday is going to crush for sure, and we hope to see everyone we have met over the last few months at these shows."

Here's what guitarist Ravi has to say: "We are very proud to be a part of this tour. It will come at an exciting time for us as we will be coming out of the studio and going on the road with our friends who happen to be some of our favorite bands. Come out to the shows, support these awesome bands, and have a good time."

In other news, Job for a Cowboy will be entering the studio in December to record their debut release for Metal Blade Records that will hit stores in spring 2007.

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Light This City Replace If Hope Dies On Tour

Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY have joined forces with labelmates Through The Eyes of the Dead and The Acacia Strain along with From A Second Story Window, replacing If Hope Dies on the upcoming Through The Eyes of the Dead headlining tour. Sponsored by Draven Shoes and Decibel magazine, the tour will cross the US from November 16 - December 17 and marks LIGHT THIS CITY's return to the road after the band's two-month stint on the Spreading The Disease tour alongside Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Nights Like These and subsequent three-week run alongside Caliban and The Acacia Strain.

"We are more than excited about getting the opportunity to tour with our good friends in Through the Eyes of the Dead and The Acacia Strain," drummer Ben Murray said. "We have toured with both of those bands in the past and can't wait to join forces again! We'll see all of you guys at the shows. It should be a month of good times."

LIGHT THIS CITY continues to support the band's third release, 'Facing The Thousand,' which was released in September through Prosthetic Records. Produced by Zack Ohren and featuring artwork by Robot Plague's Mario Garza, 'Facing The Thousand' was recorded in March of 2006 and is the follow-up to 2005's 'Remains of the Gods.' The record features a guest vocal appearance by The Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad on the track "Fear of Heights."

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TTEOTD To Embark on Headlining Tour

Prosthetic Records has issued the following statement:

"Prosthetic Records is excited to announce that THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will be headlinging a nationwide tour along with labelmates THE ACACIA STRAIN as well as From A Second Story Window and If Hope Dies! More dates will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled!"

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This Week In Metal - August 10th, 2006

Welcome to the return of This Week In Metal, a column I used to do before I was forced to take a hiatus from metalunderground.com. In this weekly column, we will update the top 10 selling albums in the metal industry (courtesy of CMJ) and the top 10 radio singles (pulled from Music Match). They use a number of sources for the list, including all satellite radio. While you may find a few bands that are too soft for the list, I assure you there will be more then enough surprises. Feel free to comment on the list and who you think is over/under-rated, what bands you expected to see and which ones you didn't. Again this column will run weekly, so be sure to check for it every Thursday in the columns area of MetalUnderground.com.

Now for the music, we will start each week with the albums. It's a good mix of what bands are bursting the underground, and some bands that have been killing for quite a while now.

RankBandAlbumWeeksPeak
1Shadows FallFallout From The War11
2SYLThe New Black 12
3All That RemainsThe Fall Of Ideas13
4DragonforceInhuman Range14
5Cattle DecapitationKarma.Bloody.Karma15
6Stone SourCome What(ever) May16
7 BTBAMThe Anatomy Of17
8CelladorEnter Deception18
9The Acacia StrainDead Walk19
10Bury Your DeadBeauty And The Breakdown110

Now for the tunes. These singles are a real who's who amongst metal right now. I find the list to be powerful and only really have one flaw. Keep in mind some songs have been out longer then others and have picked up a good fanbase on the radio, other songs have just come out and are sure to see their time at the top.

RankBandSongWeeksPeak
1Shadows FallWill To Rebuild11
2Stone Sour3030/15012
3Lamb of GodRedneck13
4BTBAMMalpractice14
5All That RemainsThis Calling15
6SlayerCult16
7Threat SignalRational Eyes17
8Celtic FrostGround.18
9Black Label SocietyConcrete Jungle19
10HatebreedDefeatist110

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New Acacia Strain Video Posted Online

The Acacia Strain's video for their track "Angry Mob Justice" has now hit the web and can be seen here.

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Bloodlined Calligraphy, Caliban and More To Tour

BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY has just posted information on a tour with CALIBAN and THE ACACIA STRAIN consisting of a week’s worth of dates surrounding their September 19 release for “Ypsilanti”.

September 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theatre
September 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
September 16 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater
September 17 - Mt. Clemens, MI @ The Hayloft
September 18 - Madison, WI @ The Loft
September 19 - Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
September 20 - Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar

The band is currently on tour with NODES OF RANVIER, INKED IN BLOOD, THE WARRIORS:

August 1 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
August 2 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
August 3 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
August 5 – Memphis, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
August 6 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
August 8 – Geneva, OH @ The Pirates Cove
August 9 – Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
August 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
August 11 - Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights Of Columbus
August 12 – Madison, WI @ The Loft

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Caliban and The Acacia Strain Fall Tour Dates

Caliban and The Acacia Strain will tour the U.S. together in September and early-October. Here's the latest schedule:

dates w/ The Burning Season, Across Five Aprils
9/8 Asbury Park, NJ @ Club Deep
9/9 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
9/10 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
9/11 Wilmington, NC @ Marrz Theater
9/12 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
9/13 Nashville, TN @ The Muse w/ Too Pure To Die More...

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The Acacia Strain To Tour With Caliban

Massachusetts’ purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, will head back out on the road this fall with Germany’s CALIBAN. The two will tour throughout the United States in September and into October with various other support acts along the way, including label mates LIGHT THIS CITY.

THE ACACIA STRAIN previously entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #40 behind strong first-week numbers for the band’s new record, The Dead Walk. Moving over 2,600 units first week upon the record’s June 13 release, the band recently completed a string of dates alongside SOILENT GREEN.

The video for “Angry Mob Justice,” directed by Dave Brodsky (ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD) earlier in May, is nearing completion and will be online and on video outlets shortly. Sure to showcase THE ACACIA STRAIN’s earth-shaking sound alongside its quirky sense of humor, the “Angry Mob Justice” video is sure not to disappoint longtime and new fans alike.

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The Acacia Strain Replace Bassist

The Acacia Strain have posted the following update on their MySpace page:

"As you may or may not have heard, Seth and The Acacia Strain have parted ways. Everything was done in good taste and it was a pretty clean break. We have a new bass player! His name is Jack and he is ready to get down. So if you see him at a show say "what up" and make him feel at home!"

The Acacia Strain are currently on tour with Soilent Green and Demiricous. The remaining tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Acacia Strain To Appear on WAAF Radio Show

THE ACACIA STRAIN is set to appear on the nightly extreme metal radio show “Harder, Faster” on Boston radio station WAAF on June 6. The program airs regularly Monday – Friday from 11pm – midnight, and fans outside of the station’s range can listen online at http://www.waaf.com/. Host Mike Hsu will interview THE ACACIA STRAIN vocalist Vincent Bennett in anticipation of the band’s June 13 release of THE DEAD WALK, just prior to the band’s departure for its upcoming tour alongside Soilent Green and Demiricous.

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