The Acacia Strain
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From: Springfield, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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!"
Here are The Acacia Strain's upcoming tour dates: More...
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.
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."
LIGHT THIS CITY on tour: More...
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!"
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.
|1||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||1||1|
|2||SYL||The New Black||1||2|
|3||All That Remains||The Fall Of Ideas||1||3|
|6||Stone Sour||Come What(ever) May||1||6|
|7||BTBAM||The Anatomy Of||1||7|
|9||The Acacia Strain||Dead Walk||1||9|
|10||Bury Your Dead||Beauty And The Breakdown||1||10|
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.
|1||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||1||1|
|3||Lamb of God||Redneck||1||3|
|5||All That Remains||This Calling||1||5|
|7||Threat Signal||Rational Eyes||1||7|
|9||Black Label Society||Concrete Jungle||1||9|
The Acacia Strain's video for their track "Angry Mob Justice" has now hit the web and can be seen here.
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
THE ACACIA STRAIN on tour: More...
THE ACACIA STRAIN, has tacked on a three-week run with Soilent Green and Demiricous to the band's itinerary to support the June 13 release of The Dead Walk. Prior to that, the band will provide support for The Red Chord on a handful of dates in select markets. Upon completion of those shows, THE ACACIA STRAIN will meet up with director Dave Brodsky (All That Remains, Bury Your Dead) May 19 in the band's hometown of Springfield, Mass. to shoot footage for the video to "Angry Mob Justice," from The Dead Walk.
“There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning," vocalist Vincent Bennett said about the new album. "They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs. Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it’s sickening. The Dead Walk focuses on that.”
Again produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage), who was also responsible for THE ACACIA STRAIN's 2004 album 3750, The Dead Walk features extensive design and artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) alongside the band's bowel-shakingly heavy trademark sound. In the time since the band's last album, The Acacia Strain has dropped its provisional third guitar player, and in turn rotated in Seth Coleman and Kevin Boutot on bass and drums respectively, resulting in a sleeker, albeit more efficient band. “Seth and Kevin are two of the best things that happened to this band,” Bennett says. “I honestly wouldn’t want anyone else playing in this band. This is the most solid lineup we have ever had and I don’t plan on it ever changing.”
The Dead Walk will be released through Prosthetic Records on June 13, 2006 in North America and a day earlier in European territories. Exclusive pre-order packages are now available on ProstheticRecords.com for a limited time, while two new tracks, "Angry Mob Justice" and "Whoa! Shut It Down" are available on THE ACACIA STRAIN's MySpace page.
THE ACACIA STRAIN on tour: More...
Initial dates for the upcoming Soilent Green, The Acacia Strain, and Demiricous tour have been unveiled. The tour dates are as follows:
6/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
6/11 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
6/12 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
6/13 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
6/14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
6/16 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
6/17 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
6/18 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
6/20 West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
6/21 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
6/23 Lubbock, TX @ Winchester Pavillion
6/24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
6/25 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
6/26 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
6/29 Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
6/30 West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown
SOILENT GREEN will embark on a headlining run starting in June where they'll be supported by THE ACACIA STRAIN and DEMIRICOUS. Intial dates are as follows:
June 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
June 11 - Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
June 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
June 13 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
June 14 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
June 16 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
June 17 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
June 18 - San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
June 20 - Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
June 21 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Springfield, MA's THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled a track from the forthcoming album 'The Dead Walk.' The record, scheduled for a June 13 release through Prosthetic Records, is the follow-up to 2004's crushingly heavy '3750.' Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) returned to man the helm for production of 'The Dead Walk,' and the record features chilling artwork from veteran artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Through The Eyes of the Dead). The album's artwork can be found here.
The new track, "Angry Mob Justice," is also being pegged as the first track from 'The Dead Walk to receive the video treatment. Details surrounding the video shoot will be made available soon. In the meantime, the track can be found online here. On the touring front, THE ACACIA STRAIN will be playing a hometown show before appearing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA, while the band will also play a string of dates alongside The Red Chord in May before teaming up with Soilent Green to tear through the US in June.
THE ACACIA STRAIN on tour
4/23 Chicopee, MA - Cabot St. Pub
4/29 Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
(with The Red Chord)
5/05 Auburn, NY - Auburn Public Theatre
5/11 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
5/12 Memphis, TN - The Complex
5/13 Nashville, TN - Rocket Town
5/15 Greensboro, NC - Greene St. Club
5/16 Fredericksburg, VA - KC's
5/17 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft @ The Chance
Tour dates with Soilent Green coming soon
THE ACACIA STRAIN, will release 'The Dead Walk' on June 13, 2006, through Prosthetic Records. The record was recorded with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) in December, 2005, and features extensive artwork handled by Paul Romano (Mastodon). You can view an updated take on the artwork here. The album will feature the tracks "4 x 4," "Angry Mob Justice," and "Whoa! Shut It Down," which were played live recently on the string of dates alongside Darkest Hour and Himsa in February and March. In the meantime, fans can check out two demo versions of songs from 'The Dead Walk' on the band's MySpace page.
“There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning. They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs,” says vocalist Vincent Bennett. “Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it’s sickening. 'The Dead Walk' focuses on that.”
Next up, The Acacia Strain will be playing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival alongside several Prosthetic labelmates. Following that, the band will head back out on the road in May with The Red Chord and The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, and follow that up with a tour alongside Soilent Green in June.
THE ACACIA STRAIN on the road
4/08 Hamden, MA - Hamden Elks Lodge
4/23 Chicopee, MA - Cabot St. Pub
4/29 Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
5/11 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
More dates to come
Friday night, March 31, 2006, I was sitting at home on my computer and on AIM. I hadn't planned on doing anything until out of nowhere, one of my friend's instant messages me, asks if I like Darkest Hour, "yes", I replied, so began my Friday night.
After running a few errands, my friend, his friend, and I headed towards Asbury Park to see Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, the Acacia Strain, and Himsa at Club Deep in Asbury Park, NJ. Now, this would be our first time to this venue and were told that it was right across from the legendary Stone Pony. When we got to the Stone Pony, we where relieved to find out we hadn't been misinformed. We walked in after paying at the door and I was surprised to see a pretty decent venue.
Club Deep consists of a decent size pit area, a bar in the back, and a divider separating the stage and pit area and the merchandise area. Also, in the merchandise area, there are a couple pool tables and the rest rooms. Club Deep is about the size of the Stone Pony which isn't very big, but isn't extremely small. Club Deep was just the right size for a good show.
Now, because of the errands we had to run, we showed up 20 minutes late and missed the Acacia Strain. We made it just as a Life Once Lost go on. A Life Once Lost was ok, not really my thing, sounded very hardcore influenced, and we enjoyed some of their songs. After them, Himsa went on; we aren't too big of Himsa fans because their drumming, in my opinion, overpowers the rest of the band. Also, I believe the drummer is too good for that band. After we sat down for Himsa, there's a little leather couch built into the divider to sit on, we stood back up for Darkest Hour.
Darkest Hour, the band we came to see, made the night worth the $12 spent to get in. Their vocalist was having trouble with his microphone in the beginning, but that was resolved after the first couple songs. Darkest Hour tore through songs from all three of their albums, including their single, "Convalescence", off their newest album, "Undoing Ruin", which I purchased along with a shirt after the show. Darkest Hour put on an amazing performance for their whole set. I found the guitar work to be exceptionally good. At the end of their set, their vocalist decided to stage dive, right into my arms. A much unexpected surprise! I bet he and I were both glad that I caught him!
That was the end of a Friday night that started as nothing besides me and my computer spending some quality time. Anyone who says AIM and computers are a waste of time and bad for you, I suggest you take a look at how this amazing night started.
The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.
The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.
UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.
"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."
"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."
Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.
Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.
Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.
Talent is subject to change.
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.
Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.
Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts band, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled cover artwork for the forthcoming 'The Dead Walk' here. Paul Romano (Mastodon, Through The Eyes of the Dead) handled the album's artwork. The record has been confirmed for a June 2006 release through Prosthetic Records, with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) returning to the fold after also producing 2004's '3750.' The band has already posted demo versions of two songs set to appear on the new album on the band's MySpace page. Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain is still out on the "Undoing Ruin 2006" tour alongside Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, and Dead to Fall through Mar 30.
THE ACACIA STRAIN
(with Himsa, Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, Dead To Fall)
3/12 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
3/14 San Luis Obisbo, CA – Downtown Brew
3/15 Fresno, CA – The Belmont
3/16 San Francisco, CA – The Pound
3/17 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
3/18 Portland, OR – Rock N Roll Pizza
3/19 Seattle, WA – Showbox
3/20 Boise, ID – The Venue
3/22 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/23 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
3/24 St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/25 West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theatre
3/26 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
3/27 Pekin, IL – Planet X Rollerworld
3/28 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
3/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
3/30 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
Connecticut's Chaos Fest will take place on April 8th in Hamden at the Hamden Elks Lodge. Tickets will be $12. Here's the line-up:
The Acacia Strain
Agents Of Man
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Check Your Face
Signs Of Hope
The World We Knew
Shallow Water Grave
The Hica Legacy