Death Is the Only Mortal by The Acacia Strain on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The sixth studio album from the Chicopee, Mass., deathcore band The Acacia Strain opens like the start of a horror film. Following dialogue of a woman calling a police dispatcher to say in shock, “I killed everyone,” the opening “Doomblade” plays like a death-metal typhoon as a haunting ambience swirls through a pummeling rhythm section and guitars blasting short, distorted riffs that sound like wartime munitions. Kevin Boutot’s drumming in “Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow” plays like a well-oiled juggernaut firing on all cylinders, while Vincent Bennett shreds the life from his larynx as though he’s involved in some kind of self-performed exorcism. At one point it sounds like Bennett’s voice is so mutilated that it only makes sense to get Crowbar's Kirk Windstein to lend his equally demonic voice in the following “Go to Sleep.” There he howls with a feral abandon, sounding inspired by Al Jourgensen on Ministry's The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. The standout cut “The Mouth of the River” drops sonic hammers with more ferocity than any of the band’s preceding recordings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The sixth studio album from the Chicopee, Mass., deathcore band The Acacia Strain opens like the start of a horror film. Following dialogue of a woman calling a police dispatcher to say in shock, “I killed everyone,” the opening “Doomblade” plays like a death-metal typhoon as a haunting ambience swirls through a pummeling rhythm section and guitars blasting short, distorted riffs that sound like wartime munitions. Kevin Boutot’s drumming in “Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow” plays like a well-oiled juggernaut firing on all cylinders, while Vincent Bennett shreds the life from his larynx as though he’s involved in some kind of self-performed exorcism. At one point it sounds like Bennett’s voice is so mutilated that it only makes sense to get Crowbar's Kirk Windstein to lend his equally demonic voice in the following “Go to Sleep.” There he howls with a feral abandon, sounding inspired by Al Jourgensen on Ministry's The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. The standout cut “The Mouth of the River” drops sonic hammers with more ferocity than any of the band’s preceding recordings.

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About The Acacia Strain

East Coast alternative metal ensemble the Acacia Strain utilize a bone-crushing rhythm section, apocalyptic samples, and a unique triple-guitar assault to deliver their signature blend of hardcore, noise, and death and doom metal. Formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2001, the group consisted of guitarists Chris Daniele, Daniel Daponde, and Daniel Laskiewitz, vocalist Vincent Bennett, bass player Karrie Whitfield, and drummer Ben Abert. They released their debut, ...And Life Is Very Long, in 2002, followed by 3750 on Prosthetic Records in 2004. After 3750, the group lost Abert (who was replaced by drummer Kevin Boutot) and Daniele, and gained bassist Seth Coleman (Whitfield departed in 2003). In 2006, the Acacia Strain returned with their third full-length album, Dead Walk, on Prosthetic; subsequently, Coleman was replaced by bassist Jack Strong. Released in 2008, Continent found the group operating as a foursome, following Daponde's departure, while 2010's Wormwood introduced melodic hooks into the venomous mix of breakdowns and skull-splitting howling. The live CD/DVD Most Known Unknown arrived the following year. The Acacia Strain signed to Rise Records in 2012, releasing Death Is the Only Mortal by the year's end. Longtime member Laskiewitz left the band in 2013, and was replaced by Devin Shidaker and Rich Gomez, both of whom contributed guitar to the Acacia Strain's seventh full-length album, 2014's Coma Witch. In early 2017, the band issued "Bitter Pill," the first single from their hotly anticipated eighth studio long-player, Gravebloom, which arrived later that June. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Springfield, MA
  • FORMED
    2001

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