The Acacia Strain
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From: Springfield, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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
MassConcerts has announced that the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will return once again to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30. Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 at 10:00am at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. These two great companies will also be bringing you up close and personal with some of the bands they endorse - so as we get closer to fest we will have schedule of artist signings and other surprises.
The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, From A Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, I Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.
"We’ve been extremely happy with how this festival has grown over the years," said MassConcerts Booking Agent and festival co-founder Scott Lee, "and this year the lineup is one of the most varied yet - a great mixture of different styles of bands."
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is brought to you by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, teaming up to present the festival this year; Prosthetic Records, which is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Revolver Magazine our exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program, Facedown Records which is sponsoring our street marketing efforts, FUSE TV, Mazur PR and The Syndicate. Vendors this year include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others.
A new eCard is online to spread the word about Prosthetic Records label-mates Himsa and The Acacia Strain hitting the road for Darkest Hour's "Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" alongside A Life Once Lost and Dead To Fall. Spanning 38 dates across the United States, the tour will begin February 17.
Himsa will embark on several headlining shows along the way to support the Feb. 7 release of Hail Horror before meeting up with the "Undoing Ruin" lineup in Latham, NY to kick the tour off. Hail Horror, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed Courting Tragedy And Disaster, has already been labeled as one of 2006's most anticipated releases by Decibel magazine, and sees the band heading in a thrashier direction while maintaining a commitment to tirelessly touring behind this album, maintaining their reputation as seasoned road warriors. The band will later head back to Europe to follow up its successful run of the continent with 3 Inches of Blood in December 2005.
Massachusetts' The Acacia Strain will be a part of the tour fresh out of recording tracks with veteran producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) for the upcoming album The Dead Walk. A release date for the record has not been determined, but The Acacia Strain will nonetheless head out on the road with a handful of new live-worthy tracks, hand in hand with the same win-them-one-by-one mentality the band has built its base upon.
"Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" (with Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, Dead To Fall): More...
Springfield, Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN are set to play a one-off show supporting Shadows Fall on Friday, Dec. 30. Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain finished recording the tracks that will become The Dead Walk with producer Adam Dutkiewicz earlier in December. The album will be released through Prosthetic Records in late March, and will be the follow-up to 3750, the band's Prosthetic debut.
Come February, the band will hit the road with Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, and Dead To Fall for a string of US dates through March.
THE ACACIA STRAIN live dates: More...
HIMSA and THE ACACIA STRAIN will be teaming out to tear through the United States this February and March. The Prosthetic label-mates will help round out the melting pot of sounds along a string of North American dates that also features Dead To Fall, A Life Once Lost, and headliners Darkest Hour. Running the gamut from hardcore-infused metal to melodic death metal and back, Seattle’s HIMSA will offer direct support on the bill, while THE ACACIA STRAIN will supply crowds with the chest-crushing heaviness they have all but trademarked.
HIMSA will be on the road supporting their latest melodic-thrash tour de force, Hail Horror, which will see a Feb. 7 release through Prosthetic. No strangers to the road, HIMSA was most recently a part of Danzig’s Blackest of the Black 2005 tour, and is currently gearing up for a December run through Europe alongside 3 Inches of Blood, showcasing tunes from the band’s new album.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN will be touring in support of Victims, the band’s new full-length, set for a March 2006 release. The band has been playing regional gigs throughout New England in recent weeks, in preparation to entering the studio Dec. 1 to record new songs with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains), who was previously responsible for the bludgeoning sound of 3750, the band’s last record.
Darkest Hour, Himsa, The Acacia Strain, A Life Once Lost, Dead To Fall tour dates are as follows: More...
Dates are continuing to leak out for next year's highly anticipated metalcore all star tour featuring DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE ACACIA STRAIN, and DEAD TO FALL. Confirmed dates so far are:
February 17 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
February 18 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
February 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY@ The Loft
February 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
February 24 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
February 27 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
THE ACACIA STRAIN, have booked studio time for recording the follow up to 2004’s 3750. The new album, scheduled for a late-spring release date through Prosthetic Records, will tentatively be called VICTIMS, a name sure to conjure up images of those left in the band’s wake of brutality.
Recording will begin Dec. 1 with seasoned producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains), who was previously responsible for the bludgeoning sound of 3750. The band is currently at work finishing material for the new album, as well as playing a few shows in the Northeast around Halloween where they will continue showcasing new tunes.
THE ACACIA STRAIN tour dates:
10/28 Wolcott , CT - Wolcott VFW (w/ Knife Trade, Classic Struggle, Zombie Apocalypse, Catalist)
10/29 Bucksport, ME - The Kave (w/ Walls of Jericho , With Honor, Modern Life Is War, the Banner)
10/30 Chicopee, MA - Cabot St. Pub (w/ Death Before Dishonor, more)
10/31 New York , NY - CBGB's (w/ The Red Chord, more TBA)
The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
There has been a venue change in the Between the Buried and Me, The Red Chord, The Acacia Strain and Premonitions of War show in San Antonio, TX on August 10. The show has moved from The Sanctuary to White Rabbit.
The Acacia Strain have posted their new video for "3750" online. They've also booked the following shows:
THE ACACIA STRAIN
w/ Between The Buried And Me (ALL DATES), From A Second Story Window (7/7 - 7/28), Sinai Beach (7/7-7/18), The Red Chord (7/20-8/17)
7/7 Wilmington, NC Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
7/8 Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
7/9 Jacksonville, FL - Thee Imperial
7/10 Orlando, FL - The Social
7/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Factory
7/12 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
7/13 Tallahassee, FL - Big Daddy's
7/15 Memphis, TN - The Complex
7/16 Nashville, TN - Rocket Town
7/17 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
7/18 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
7/19 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
7/20 Fredricksburg, VA - KC's
7/21 Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
7/23 Bayonne, NJ - Bayonne Knights of Columbus
7/24 New York, NY - CBGB
7/25 Portland, ME - The Station
7/26 Worcester, MA - Palladium (upstairs)
7/27 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft at The Chance
7/28 Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra
7/29 Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
8/1 Erie, PA - Forward Hall
8/2 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Downunder
8/3 Detroit, MI - Alvin's
8/4 West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theater
8/5 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
8/6 Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
8/7 Oklahoma City, OK - Green Door
8/8 Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club
8/9 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's Fat Cat
8/10 San Antonio, TX - The Sanctuary
8/12 Tempe, AZ - Neckbeards
8/13 Las Vegas, NV - Roadhouse Casino
8/14 San Diego, CA - Epicenter
8/15 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
8/16 West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey A Go Go
8/17 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
8/21 Trenton, NJ - Sovereign Bank Arena
The Acacia Strain's video for their track "3750" has been made available online, you can find it in Quicktime format here
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Some new tour dates for The Warriors and Terror have just been announced. Parts of the tour also include REMEMBERING NEVER (featuring Mean Pete), BLUE MONDAY, HOODS,& THE ACACIA STRAIN. Here are the tour dates:
w/ Terror, Hoods, Blue Monday
Mar 28 Boise,ID @the Venue
Mar 29 Seattle,WA @Studio Seven
Mar 31 Reno,NV @The New Oasis
Apr 2 Petaluma,CA @Pheonix Concert Theatre
Apr 3 Fresno,CA @Big Game Studios More...
Terror, Remembering Never, The Acacia Strain, and The Warriors will be hooking up for a run of tour dates in April. Here are the dates:
4/14 Austin TX @ Emo's
4/15 Dallas TX @ The Door
4/17 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
4/18 St. Louis MO @ Creepy Crawl
4/19 East Peoria IL @ East Peoria Legion Hall
4/22 Erie PA @ Foward Hall
4/24 New York NY @ CBGBs
Twelve Tribes will be joining It Dies Today, If Hope Dies, Anterrabae and Winter Solstice on the road between February 10th and March 02nd, before embarking on a run with Since The Flood, The Acacia Strain and Winter Solstice that kicks off on March 18th running through March 29th. Dates and venues for both treks are as follows:
February 10th West Dundee, Illinois Clearwater Theater
February 11th Freeport, Illinois Freeport Convention Center
February 12th Louisville, Kentucky Union Station
February 13th Burns Harbor, Indiana Westport Community Club
February 14th Detroit, Michigan Alvin's
February 15th Johnstown, Pennsylvania Ace's Lounge
February 16th Binghamton, New yYork Club Ranelles
February 17th Portland, Maine The Station
February 18th Poughkeepsie, New York The Chance
February 19th Montclair, New Jersey Bloomfield Avenue Cafe & Stage
February 20th New York City, New York CBGB's
February 21st Farmingdale, New York The Downtown
February 22nd Fredericksburg, Virginia KC's
February 23rd Charlotte, North Carolina The Casbah
February 24th West Columbia, South Carolina New Brookland Tavern
February 25th Atlanta, Georgia The Masquerade
February 26th Jacksonville, Florida Thee Imperial
February 27th Orlando, Florida Back Booth
February 28th Tampa, Florida The Orpheum
March 01st Tallahassee, Florida Big Daddy's
March 02nd Augusta, Georgia Jam's
March 18th Denver, Colorado Climax Lounge
March 19th Midvale, Utah The Circuit
March 21st Orangevale, California Boardwalk (feat. HOODS)
March 22nd San Francisco, California The Pound
March 23rd West Hollywood, California The Whisky
March 24th Corona, California Showcase Theatre
March 26th El Paso, Texas House Of Rock N' Roll (feat. HOODS)
March 27th Austin, Texas The Backroom (feat. HOODS)
March 29th Fayetteville, Arkansas The Music Hall (feat. HOODS)
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
The brand new video from IT DIES TODAY for their song "A Threnody For Modern Romance" is now out. The song comes off their debut album "The Caitiff Choir" out now. Click here to watch the video in streaming QuickTime. There's also an It Dies Today 2 Song E-Card here.
The video was shot by director Darren Doane in Los Angeles this past fall while the band was on tour with labelmates Bleeding Through and Walls Of Jericho. Make sure to check out IDT in January and February with All That Remains, Trivium, Anterrabae, 12 Tribes, and more.
It Dies Today Tourdates: More...