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The Acacia Strain

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

Latest The Acacia Strain News

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

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

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The Acacia Strain 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
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
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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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.

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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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