On June 30th, the doom-metal masters The Acacia Strain has released their latest album entitled “Gravebloom” via Rise Records. Take some quicksand, throw some innocents in there, and watch them suffer while the beast known as The Acacia Strain milks it and secretly enjoys watching them suffer. “Gravebloom” really showcases the continued growth of this band without conforming to what the powers that be want them to conform to.
This is the first record that bassist Griffin Landa has taken a part of in the writing process and you can tell that he carefully studied the textures and arrangements of the band, fell into the doom and gloom of the band, and immersed himself into the mentality and take no prisoners attitude of The Acacia Strain. This album is in essence a sequel to their previous offering “Comawitch” and it continues the evolution of the story with “Gravebloom”.
“Gravebloom” starts off with a midtempo song entitled “Worthless”. “Worthless” brings about the catchiness in the doom style that The Acacia Strain possesses. “So f******* worthless, you serve no purpose, I see you shaking you should be nervous” bellows vocalist Vincent as if he is standing on your feet with a vengeance and has had enough and he explodes on you. The harmonics in the guitars with the mid-tempo doom, sludge metal that The Acacia Strain is becoming trademarked for is clearly evident. The harmonics in the guitars offer a dark, yet lush backdrop as it sounds like a movie from a very dark scene in the speaking part of the song. This part is incredible because it sounds like it could be from an insane psychological thriller with Anthony Hopkins playing the lead role in the movie. “Graveblom” transitions into “Plague Doctor”
“Plague Doctor” sounds that it could be from a horror movie as well as it sounding like a loved one has moved on and the scorned’s heart grew black overnight and has became extremely heartless. The drum fills in the track are thunderous and the bass can shatter glass with how heavy it sounds. “Bitter Pill” showcases a bit of hardcore with that doom metal sound. The harmonics in the guitars stand out again as well as Vincent slaying the listener’s ears with his combination of screams and growls. It is a rarity for a vocalist to pull off this style of singing while still being able to understand what message they’re conveying, yet Vincent pulls this off effortlessly. He continues to showcase ample amounts of growth as the years go on in The Acacia Strain.
The album has everything The Acacia Strain fans look for. Those hardcore chants that get the audience engaged as they topple over each other to get as close to the band as possible. The harmonics in the guitars, the low tuned down guitars that sludge and doom on through as if you’re slowly drowning in quicksand. The topics that they hit on include their evergrowing issues with organized politics and organized religion as well as looking to yourself for answers. The rhythm section that plods along like cement boots. Even the two closers in the album, “Walled City” and “Cold Gloom” feels like a slow death as The Acacia Strain takes you to doomplex city as MTC ranks this a solid 9 out of 10 stars for creating the madness of what could be a potential groundbreaking record that future bands will cite as a major influence in this genre!
“Gravebloom” The Acacia Strain
- Plague Doctor
- Bitter Pill
- Big Sleep
- Abyssal Depths
- Model Citizen
- Calloused Mouth
- Dark Harvest
- Walled City
- Cold Gloom
“Bitter Pill” The Acacia Strain
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Saturday, July 1st- St. Petersburg, Florida
Sunday, July 2nd- West Palm Beach, Florida
Thursday, July 6th- Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, July 7th – Camden, New Jersey
Saturday, July 8th- Wantagh, New York
Sunday, July 9th- Hartford, Connecticut
Monday, July 10th- Scranton, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, July 11th- Virginia Beach, Virginia
Wednesday, July 12th- Mansfield, Massachusetts
Thursday, July 13th- Darien Center, New York
Friday, July 14th- Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Saturday, July 15th- Holmdel, New Jersey
Sunday, July 16th- Columbia, Maryland
Tuesday, July 18th- Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Wednesday, July 19th- Cincinnati, Ohio
Thursday, July 20th- Noblesville, Indiana
Friday, July 21st- Auburn Hills, Michigan
Saturday, July 22nd- Tinley Park, Illinois
Sunday, July 23rd- Shakopee, Minnesota
Monday, July 24th- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, July 26th- Maryland Heights, Missouri
Thursday, July 27th- Bonner Springs, Kansas
Friday, July 28th- Dallas, Texas
Saturday, July 29th- San Antonio, Texas
Sunday, July 30th- Houston, Texas
Tuesday, August 1st- Las Cruces, New Mexico
Thursday, August 4th- Mountain View, California
Friday, August 5th- San Diego, California
Saturday, August 6th- Pomona, California