Posts Tagged ‘The Acacia Strain’

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Review by Jeff Maki
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Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation, Beyond Creation
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With all the drama surrounding the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and its lack of true headlining bands and low attendance, the timing of the 2015 Summer Slaughter Tour couldn’t have been any better.

But wait, there’s no one here either … (more…)

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Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation’s seventh album, The Anthropocene Extinction (review), is its own grindcore version of Roots, a turning point for the band and possibly one for the entire subgenre. This is grind like you’ve never heard it before. Among the blastbeats, the rhythm section divvies out multiple tempo changes, making for surprises around every bend. Songs flawlessly go from grind to thrash to black metal to even a hardcore tempo. Adding to the variety and depth are a range of guest musicians, along with a newer vocal style by frontman Travis Ryan. Providing the riffs is Josh Elmore, the band’s guitarist since 2001, ranging from harsh and pummeling to sad and epic.

The band already has begun the touring cycle for the new album by taking part in this year’s installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour (view tour dates here), headlined by Arch Enemy and also featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial and Beyond Creation. A week into the tour, which included stops in the Midwest, we talked with Elmore about the new release, the tour and selling T-shirts. (more…)

Extreme metal titans Arch Enemy have kicked off the 2015 installment of “Summer Slaughter”, which sees them as the tour’s headliners. This will mark the band’s second North American run on this album cycle – but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis. For a preview of what concert-goers can expect live, a new tour trailer has been launched, featuring footage of the track “Avalanche” from Hellfest.  (more…)

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The Ghost Inside

California hardcore metallers, The Ghost Inside have announced its “Out Of Control” U.S. headlining tour to take place in March/April 2015. Accompanying them on the trek will be The Acacia Strain, Gideon and In Hearts Wake. Tickets go on sale Jan 31st. We’ve been behind the band since the early days and their recently released album, Dear Youth (November 17, 2014) even ranked #9 on our newly posted “Live Metal Best Metal Albums of 2014.” Check out that full list here. Watch the brand new music video for “Out Of Control” and view tour dates inside. (more…)

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Vans Warped Tour 2011. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

acacia-strain-dead-walkThe Acacia Strain’s intent is to pummel the listener from start to finish with their new release The Dead Walk. But amidst the wall of grungy, down-tuned guitars and guttural vocals, it falls flat. (more…)