The Acacia Strain

The Acacia Strain

The Acacia Strain live in Saarbrücken in 2010
Background information
Origin Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Deathcore, metalcore
Years active 2001—present
Labels Rise, Prosthetic, Devil's Head
Members Vincent Bennett
Kevin Boutot
Devin Shidaker
Griffin Landa
Tom "The Hammer" Smith
Past members Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz
Christopher Daniele
Daniel Daponde
Karrie Whitfield
Jeanne Sagan
Seth Coleman
Ben Abert
Mark Castillo
David Sroka
Mike Casavant
Jack Strong
Richard Gomez

The Acacia Strain is an American metalcore 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]


Originally founded in 2001, the band itself has undergone numerous changes in the member line-up.[2] To date they have released seven 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 at the U.K. 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, the band revealed the upcoming title of the album to be Coma Witch, which is set for release on October 14. 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]

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."[15] 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."[16]

The band's former bassist, Jack Strong, describes their music as "hardcore-influenced metal",[17] 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."[18]

Written by lead vocalist Vincent Bennett, the band's lyrics generally center around misanthropy[19] and nihilism.[20] 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.[19][20][21]

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.


  • Vincent Bennett – lead vocals (2001–present)
  • Kevin Boutot – drums, percussion (2005–present)
  • Devin Shidaker – lead guitar, backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Griffin Landa – bass (2015–present)
  • Tom "The Hammer" Smith - rhythm guitar (2016-present)

  • Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz – lead guitar (2001–2013)
  • Daniel Daponde – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2001–2006)
  • Christopher Daniele – rhythm guitar (2001–2005)
  • Ben Abert – drums, percussion (2001–2004)
  • Karrie Whitfield – bass (2001–2003)
  • Jeanne Sagan – bass (2003)
  • Seth Coleman – bass (2004–2006)
  • Jack Strong – bass (2006–2015)
  • Richard Gomez – rhythm guitar (2013–2016)

Touring musicians
  • Mark Castillo – drums, percussion (2004–2005)
  • David Sroka – guitars (2009)
  • Mike Casavant – guitars (2009–2010)
  • Tim Cavallari – guitars (2010–2012)
  • Tony Diaz – guitars (2010–2012)



Studio albums

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
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Concert Tours


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  6. The Acacia Strain at
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  10. "The Acacia Strain Van Accident: Group Crashes Outside of Los Angeles". Noisecreep. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
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  12. "NEWS: The Acacia Strain unveil new guitarists Devin Shidaker and Rich Gomez". Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  13. "THE ACACIA STRAIN "Cauterize" music video". Metal Injection. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  14. The Acacia Strain. "Post from 22 May 2015". Facebook. Retrieved 23 May 2015. We will miss [Jack Strong] a ton and wish him the best with his future endeavors.
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  18. Bee Roth, David (2008-12-30). "Exclusive Interview with The Acacia Strain's Vincent Bennett". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  19. 1 2 "The Acacia Strain - 2009 Interview with Vincent Bennett". 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  20. 1 2 "Interview with Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain". Sick Drummer Magazine. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  21. "The Acacia Strain Interview". Driven Far Off. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
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  23. "The Acacia Strain – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
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