Dr. Acula (band)

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Dr. Acula
Origin Long Island, New York, US
Genres Deathcore, Grindcore
Years active 2005–2013
Labels Victory, Uprising, Shock Street, 187
Associated acts Emmure, Iwrestledabearonce, My Bitter End, Kissing Candice, Vulture, For This We Kill, A Mandown, Midnight Desire, Idala, Sown in Tears, Eye Am Legion,
Past members Casey Carrano
Ricky Ostolaza
Jesse Ciappa
Olivier Miclette

Dr. Acula was an American deathcore band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2005, the group has released five studio albums, and One Independent EP which is long since out of print. They were signed to Victory Records at the time of disbandment. The band is known for the use of soundclips from movies and TV shows as an accent to their songs. Their band name is derived from an alternative perspective from the name of Dracula, which was originally part of a joke coined by comedian Mitch Hedberg. They broke up in October 2012.


Dr. Acula was founded in 2005. Their name was originally inspired by a quote from comedian Mitch Hedberg; "I went to see the doctor. All he did was suck blood from my neck. Don't go see Doctor Acula."[1] In the beginning the band did not take the music seriously by writing joke songs, lampooning current trends and stereotypical bands in the Long Island scene. Soon after they began to pioneer songs from their experiments and released an EP, titled Chillogy, independently the following year.

The band released two demo albums; 2006's Chillogy and 2007's S.L.O.B. (Silver-Lipped Operator of Bullshit). The band went on two DIY tours across the USA in the summer and fall of 2006. They gained the attention of Uprising Records, and Dr. Acula was eventually signed to the label. The following year their debut-full length album, Below Me was released through Uprising, receiving mixed critical reception.[2][3][4] In the proceeding years the band saw themselves touring and performing at many local and national festivals.

After re-aligning their line-up, Dr. Acula released their third studio album, The Social Event of the Century in 2010, also through Uprising Records. It was met with better reception than Below Me, although didn't reach as wide of an audience as Uprising failed to promote the record as aggressively as Below me.[5][6] Three members of the band departed in October 2009, leaving just one original member, Bill Graffeo.[7]

After the release of The Social Event of the Century, Dr. Acula were taken in with a Victory Records contract.[8][9] The band released their Victory Records debut, Slander on February 15, 2011. On June 20th of that year, keyboardist, Joey Simpson quit the band while on The Horror Nights Tour.[10] On June 19, 2012 Dr. Acula released Nation.

On August 27, 2015, it was announced that a 10-year reunion show, commemorating the formation of the original band, would be taking place on October 3, 2015 in Long Island, NY. It will feature an original line-up, including Bill Graffeo, Bert Vegas, Rob Accardi, Mike Cosentino, Lou Figurito, and Rob Guarino. Prior to the show, the band will be having a Chel tournament to celebrate the beginning of puck season.

Band members[edit]

  • Bill Graffeo – lead guitar (2005–2012, 2015 reunion)
  • Craig Hecht – samples (2005–2006)
  • Rob Accardi – vocals (2005–2007, 2015 reunion)
  • Mike Constentino – drums (2005–2007, 2015 reunion)
  • Bert Vegas – vocals, keyboard (2005–2008, 2015 reunion)
  • Lou "Dawg" Figurito – guitar, bass (2005–2009, 2015 reunion)
  • Rob "Acula" Guarino – guitar, bass (2005–2007, 2007–2009, 2015 reunion), keyboard (2008)
  • Peter Stolarski - samples (2006-2007), vocals (2007) , vocals, keyboard (2008-2009)
  • Billy Brady – drums (2007–2008)
  • Jon-Erik "Jerik" Pantorno – bass (2007), vocals, keyboard (2008)
  • Eric Wallwork – drums (2008–2009)
  • Tyler Guida – vocals (2008–2012)
  • Drew Gipe – drums (2009–2010)
  • Joey Simpson – samples (2009–2011)
  • Casey Carrano – vocals (2009–2012)
  • Adam Stilletto - guitar (2009-2010)
  • William Gipe - guitar (2010)
  • Ricky Ostolaza – guitar (2010–2012)
  • Jesse Ciappa – drums (2010–2012)
  • Kevin Graffeo – bass (2009–2012)
  • Chris Brea - vocals (2012)
  • Olivier Miclette - bass (2012)


Full-length albums
  • Chillogy (2006, self-released)
  • Demo 2007 (2007, Self-released)


  • "Is This a Party, or a Dick Measuring Contest?" (2010)
  • "Who You Gonna Call?" (2011)
  • "Welcome to Camp Nightmare" (2011)
  • "Party 2.0" (2012)
  • "Ironic Enclosure" (2012)
  • "Citizens Arrest" (2012)


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