The Acacia Strain
|The Acacia Strain|
The Acacia Strain live in Saarbrücken in 2010
|Origin||Chicopee, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Labels||Rise, Prosthetic, Devil's Head|
|Associated acts||Blood Has Been Shed|
The Acacia Strain is an American deathcore from Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States, formed in 2001. The band has gone through several lineup changes and vocalist Vincent Bennett is the only current original member. The Acacia Strain is currently signed to Rise Records.
Founded in 2001, The Acacia Strain was created by members of various Chicopee, Massachusetts, and northern Connecticut area bands most notably Blood Has Been Shed, Septic Orgasm, Daedalus/Complex, and Prosper. Since 2001, the band has undergone numerous member changes in which vocalist Vincent Bennett is the only remaining original member. To date they have released eight studio albums, as well as two split albums: one with Loyal to the Grave (on which they covered the Slayer song "Seasons in the Abyss") and another with This or the Apocalypse, War from a Harlots Mouth, Fact, and Aggressive Dogs. The band has worked with acclaimed producers Adam Dutkiewicz and Chris "Zeuss" Harris.
In April 17, 2012, it was announced that The Acacia Strain had signed to Rise Records, announcing plans for a new album in October 2012.
On April 25, 2012, a new song, titled "Servant in the Place of Truth", was released digitally, and at the time was also in anticipation of their upcoming album, which will be released in the fall.
On July 18, 2012, The Acacia Strain announced the title of their new upcoming album, Death Is the Only Mortal. It was released on October 9, 2012.
On August 10, 2012, The band announced the track listing for Death Is the Only Mortal and released the album art via their Facebook page. However, the single "Servant in the Place of Truth" is not listed on the album. Guitarist Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz later confirmed that it was just a non-album single.
On May 18, 2013, Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz announced via his Facebook page that The Acacia Strain had moved on without him and that he was no longer a part of the band.
On June 4, 2013, the band announced that they had introduced two new full-time guitarists to join their line-up, Devin Shidaker (formerly of Oceano) and Richard Gomez (formerly of Molotov Solution).
On August 12, 2014, the band revealed the title of their seventh album to be Coma Witch, which was released on October 14, 2014. The band also released the music video for the first single of the album, "Cauterizer".
On May 23, 2015, The Acacia Strain announced on their Facebook page that they will appear on The Summer Slaughter Tour 2015, and that their bassist Jack Strong is stepping down and will be replaced by their friend Griffin Landa.
On March 27, 2017, the band revealed the title of their eighth album to be Gravebloom which was released on June 30.
Musical style and themes
AllMusic characterizes the band's musical style as "utiliz[ing] a bone-crushing rhythm section, apocalyptic samples, and a unique triple-guitar assault to deliver their signature blend of hardcore punk, noise, death metal and doom metal." The site's review of Wormwood elaborates on the band's sound as "an inelegant and unstoppable juggernaut fueled by memories of the unchecked aggression unleashed on the world by the likes of Sepultura and Pantera."
The band's former bassist, Jack Strong, describes their music as "hardcore-influenced metal", while lead vocalist Vincent Bennett has rejected the deathcore label, going on record to say that "deathcore is the new nu-metal. [...] It sucks. And if anyone calls us 'deathcore' then I might do something very bad to them."
Written by lead vocalist Vincent Bennett, the band's lyrics generally center around misanthropy and nihilism. Bennett employs misogynistic and sexually deviant imagery in his lyrics, but usually only as metaphors to help get his points across while keeping the songs' overall meanings open for interpretation.
Musical inspirations for the band include acts such as Down, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Sleep, Sick of It All, Madball, Minor Threat, Agnostic Front, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, At the Gates, Pantera, Sepultura, The Black Dahlia Murder, Motörhead, Slayer, Exodus, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Cattle Decapitation, Anal Cunt & Despised Icon.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|...And Life Is Very Long||
|The Dead Walk||
|Death Is the Only Mortal||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- Money for Nothing (2013)
- Above/Below (2013)
- The Depression Sessions with Thy Art Is Murder and Fit for an Autopsy (2016)
- "Servant In the Place of Truth" (2012)
- 2001 Demo (2001)
- The Most Known Unknown (2010)
- "Smoke Ya Later" (2004)
- "3750" (2005)
- "Angry Mob Justice" (2006)
- "Skynet" (2009)
- "The Hills Have Eyes" (2010)
- "The Impaler" (2011)
- "Cauterizer" (2014)
- "Send Help" (2015)
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We will miss [Jack Strong] a ton and wish him the best with his future endeavors.
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