The Acacia Strain

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The Acacia Strain
The Acacia Strain (USA).jpg
The Acacia Strain live in Saarbrücken in 2010
Background information
OriginChicopee, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresDeathcore, metalcore
Years active2001 (2001)–present
  • Vincent Bennett
  • Kevin Boutot
  • Devin Shidaker
  • Griffin Landa
  • Tom "The Hammer" Smith Jr.
Past members
  • Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz
  • Christopher Daniele
  • Daniel Daponde
  • Karrie Whitfield
  • Jeanne Sagan
  • Seth Coleman
  • Ben Abert
  • Jack Strong
  • Richard Gomez

The Acacia Strain is an American deathcore band from Chicopee, Massachusetts, 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.[1]


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.[2] 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"[1][2]) 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[3] and Chris "Zeuss" Harris.[4]

In December 2009, The Acacia Strain toured as direct support for Hatebreed as part of the Stillborn Fest alongside Crowbar, The Casualties, and Thy Will Be Done.

The band released their DVD, The Most Known Unknown, on February 16, 2010.[5] The band reached the Billboard Top 200 albums chart in 2008 with Continent and 2010 with Wormwood.[6]

They performed at Warped Tour 2011 on the Advent Clothing stage along with We Came As Romans, Set Your Goals, Winds of Plague, Miss May I, and others.

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.[7]

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.[8] 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 September 6, 2012, an official single off "Death Is the Only Mortal" was released titled "Victims of the Cave" as a lyric video on Rise Records' YouTube channel.[9]

In November 2012 The band performed on the UK Van's Warped Tour as well as supporting Architects on the U.K leg of the "Daybreaker 'Almost' World Tour".

On November 27, 2012, The Acacia Strain was involved in a rollover accident, which prevented them from touring with Veil of Maya thereafter.[10]

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.[11]

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).[12]

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".[13]

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.[14]

On March 27, 2017, the band revealed the title of their eighth album to be Gravebloom which was released on June 30.[15]

In June of 2017, The Acacia Strain plays on the Vans Warped Tour lineup, showcasing songs from Gravebloom, as well as previous albums.[16]

On September 27, 2018 through November 10, 2018, The Acacia Strain plays their 2008 album Continent in full set alonside After the Burial's full set of Rareform [17] for the 10 year anniversary of both albums. Special guests include Make Them Suffer and Erra. You can watch a live stream of the final performance of this tour here

Musical style, influences and lyrical themes[edit]

The Acacia Strain has been described as sludge metal,[18] deathcore[19][20] and metalcore.[21] 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."[18] 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."[22]

The band's former bassist, Jack Strong, describes their music as "hardcore-influenced metal",[23] 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."[24] Kevin Boutot also rejected the deathcore label.[25]

Written by lead vocalist Vincent Bennett, the band's lyrics generally center around misanthropy[26] and nihilism.[27] 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.[26][27][28]

The Acacia Strain's influences include Candiria, Deftones, Rush, Iron Maiden, Crowbar, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Slayer, Arch Enemy, and Overcast.[29][25][30]




Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Hard Rock
...And Life Is Very Long
  • Released: September 2, 2002
  • Label: Devil's Head
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Label: Devil's Head, Prosthetic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Dead Walk
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Label: Prosthetic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40 47
  • Released: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Prosthetic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
107 2 13 18
  • Released: July 20, 2010
  • Label: Prosthetic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
67 6 21 8
Death Is the Only Mortal
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Rise
  • Formats: CD, digital download
51 10 21 5
Coma Witch
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Rise
  • Formats: CD, digital download
31 4 8 1
  • Released: June 30, 2017
  • Label: Rise
  • Formats: CD, digital download
146 4 29 8
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



  • "Servant In the Place of Truth" (2012)


  • 2001 Demo (2001)


Music videos[edit]

  • "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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