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2/16/2010

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Whitechapel Announces Welcome To Hell Tour
December 9, 2010
Knoxville, TNís extreme metal titans, Whitechapel are pleased to announce the Welcome to Hell Tour that kicks off in the bandís hometown on February 10 and finishes up in Memphis, TN on March 25. Joining Whitechapel on the bandís headline run are The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I Declare War.

Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments; ďWe are very excited to announce our first major market headliner in support of ĎA New Era of Corruptioní dubbed the Welcome to Hell Tour. It will be a big one for us so we chose really solid support bands that are not only our good friends but great bands as well. Given the lineup, this is sure to be one of the heaviest tours of 2011 so donít miss it!"

Welcome to Hell Tour featuring Whitechapel
w/ The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I Declare War:

Feb 10 - Knoxville, TN Valarium
Feb 11 - Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Feb 12 - Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
Feb 13 - Richmond, VA The National
Feb 14 - Springfield, VA Jaxx
Feb 15 - Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Feb 16 - New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Feb 17 - Albany, NY Northern Lights
Feb 18 - Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Feb 19 - Worcester, MA The Palladium (downstairs)
Feb 20 - Buffalo, NY Club Infinity
Feb 22 - Montreal, QC La Tulipe
Feb 23 - Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb 24 - Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Feb 25 - Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Feb 26 - Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Feb 27 - Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Feb 28 - St. Paul, MN Station 4
Mar 01 - Lawrence, KS The Granada
Mar 03 - Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Mar 04 - Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Mar 05 - Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Mar 08 - Seattle, WA El Corazon
Mar 09 - Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Mar 11 - Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Mar 12 - West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
Mar 13 - San Diego, CA Soma
Mar 14 - Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Mar 15 - Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
Mar 19 - Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Mar 23 - Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Mar 25 - Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre



Fans can purchase tickets for the Welcome to Hell Tour beginning Friday December 10 at the following location: http://whitechapelband.com. And donít forget to pick up the FREE official Whitechapel iPod App that includes the bandís latest music, videos, photos, news, and tour dates! Get your free Whitechapel App at the iTunes store.
 
 
 
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The Acacia Strain Announce Fall Headline Tour
August 31, 2010
The Acacia Strain are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of 'Wormwood', last month.

The "To Catch a Predatour" sees The Acacia Strain heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from The Red Chord, Terror, Gaza, and The Contortionist. The Acacia Strain are extremely excited to head out with some of today's top metal and hardcore acts out in support of their newest record on Prosthetic Records. In typical The Acacia Strain fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special tee shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise. If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.

"To Catch A Predatour" Dates
10/29 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
10/30 - Jermyn, PA - Elanor Rigby's
10/31 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
11/01 - Pittsburg, PA - Altar Bar
11/02 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
11/03 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
11/04 - Spartanburg, SC - GZSC
11/05 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain
11/06 - West Palm Beach, FL - Ground Control
11/07 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
11/09 - Birmingham, AL - Zyedeco
11/10 - Nashville TN - Rocket Town
11/11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
11/12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
11/13 - Toledo, OH - Headliners
11/14 - Windsor, ONT - Blind Dog
11/15 - London, ON - Music Hall
11/16 - Longeueil, QC - Salle Kekpart
11/17 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
11/18 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11/19 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11/20 - Holyoke, MA - The Waterfront Tavern
 
 
 
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The Acacia Strain Crack The Billboard Top 200
July 28, 2010
The Acacia Strain's new album, 'Wormwood', released last Tuesday has charted at number 67 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, with 6,466 units sold, according to Nielson Soundscan. This is the highest debut, in both chart position and in number sold, in the band's five album, ten year plus career. The album is also ranked at number 66 on the Top Current Albums Chart and number 8 on the Hard Rock Chart. Their previous release, 2008's 'Continent', debuted at number 107 with approximately 5700 units sold. This also marks the second highest first week chart debut in Prosthetic Records' history. 'The Most Known Unknown', the band's first DVD debuted at #10 on Billboard's Top Music Video Sales Chart back in February. The Acacia Strain is featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of "Hails & Horns."

Front man Vincent Bennett commented; "We couldn't be happier about the reaction 'Wormwood' has been getting. We didn't know how it would go over and so far the feedback has been awesome! We appreciate the support of our fans helping us to get the word out and be a part of this record. Thanks for the support!"

The Acacia Strain
is currently on "Cool Tour" along with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They are then heading to Europe in September and October on the "Hell On Earth Tour" with Terror, All Shall Perish and more.

Their upcoming dates are:
Cool Tour 2010:
7/28 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
7/30 - Mesa, AZ - Marquis Theatre
7/31 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
8/01 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

w/ War Of Ages:
8/02 - Las Vegas, NV - The Farm
8/04 - Kansas City, MO - The El Torreon

Hell On Earth Tour 2010
:
9/17 - Jena, GER - F Haus
9/18 - Koln, GER - Essigfabrik
9/19 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
9/20 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
9/21 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
9/22 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
9/23 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
9/24 - Sheffield, UK - Corperation
9/25 - London, UK - Islington 02 Academy
9/26 - Antwerpen, BE - Hof ter Lo
9/27 - Paris, FR - Glazart
9/28 - Rotterdam, NI - Watt
9/29 - Frankfurt/Main, GER - Batschkapp
9/30 - Klagenfurt, AUT - Volxhaus
10/01 - Munchen, GER - Werk
10/02 - Pinarella di Cervia, IT - Rock Planet
10/03 - Solothurn, CH - Kofmehl
10/04 - Hannover, GER - Faust
10/05 - Gothenburg, SW - Musikens Hus
10/06 - Munster, GER - Sputnikhalle
10/07 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
10/08 - Saarbrucken, GER - Garage
10/09 - Schweinfurt, GER - Alter Stattbahnhof
10/10 - Zaandam, NI - Kade
10/11 - Lindau, GER - Club Vaudeville TBC
10/12 - Stuttgart, GER - TBA
10/13 - Wien, GER - Arena
10/14 - Praha, CZ - Abaton
10/15 - Leipzig, GER - Werk
10/16 - Berlin, GER - SO 36
10/17 - Amneville, FR - Tat The Beast

'Wormwood'
was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering.
 
 
 
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The Acacia Strain Post Third Wormwood Video Teaser
July 7, 2010
Massachusetts hardcore straight edge metallers (?), The Acacia Strain have unveiled the third video covering the time period and the odd occurrences since they finished recording their new album, 'Wormwood', out July 20 on Prosthetic Records. In this episode, viewers are brought up to speed on drummer Kevin Boutot's odd legal and penal predicament drummer. Watch it below.

'Wormwood'
was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering and features guest appearances from Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, 100 Demons' Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of Born Low.
 
 
 
 
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Prosthetic Records Launch New Tracks For Rockband Network
July 5, 2010
Prosthetic Records has officially launched four tracks from four of their artists, on the new Rockband Network, which allows users of the popular Rockband video game franchise, to download tracks from a wide library of artist and label submitted tracks. The labels' first entries into the system include tracks from The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Scale The Summit and Holy Grail. After the great reaction to All That Remains' involvement in Rockband, the new Rockband Network offered a, common sense way to expose more Prosthetic artists to fans and gamers, worldwide. More tracks from these artists, and more, are currently in the works.

The current tracks available are:
The Acacia Strain - Doctor Doom
Holy Grail - Fight To Kill
Scale The Summit - The Great Plains
Skeletonwitch - Crushed Beyond Dust
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2002
HOME TOWN: Springfield, MA
MEMBERS:
Vincent Bennett - Vocals
Jack Strong - Bass
Daniel Laskeiwitz - Guitar
Kevin Boutot - Drums

?We strive to write the heaviest music possible, bottom line,? says vocalist Vincent Bennett. ?The three guitars, full stacks, and A# tuning help in doing this.? That's right, three guitars. Most bands need to record multiple guitar tracks in the studio to achieve the kind of heaviness The Acacia Strain deliver every time they step on stage. This bludgeonous Springfield, Massachusetts sextet may have set out to write the heaviest music possible, but the three-guitar lineup was unplanned.?The three guitars is not a gimmick,? says Bennett. ?We try to integrate the three guitars in all of our songs while keeping it as heavy as we possibly can.? This unusual lineup came about after guitarist Daniel Laskeiwitz injured his shoulder and The Acacia Strain brought in a guitarist?Daniel Daponde?to fill in for him at an upcoming gig. Laskeiwitz's recovery took less time than they figured and he was able to play the gig after all. Instead of booting Daponde, they kept him in the band and discovered that his presence gave the band the massive sound they'd strived for since forming in 2002.The Acacia Strain have taken this added musical presence and used it to create a bleak aural Armageddon filled with huge, crushing riffs, Bennett's bestial low-end roar and strange, dark samples. Producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) successfully captured this mountain-shaking, post-apocalyptic sound with frightening clarity on 3750, the band's first for Prosthetic Records. It is a huge progression from The Acacia Strain's first album, And Life Is Very Long, released on Devilshead Records in 2003, and clearly puts them at the vanguard of the more experimental metal bands coming out of the Northeast.It is, in fact, The Acacia Strain's ability to draw together such diverse sounds?death metal, noise, doom and hardcore?into a unified musical force that sets them among the elite. And they do it while still maintaining an acute sense of melody in the midst of a hurricane of brutal sounds and Bennett's grim, deranged lyrics. Though Meshuggah were clearly an early influence, bands like Neurosis, Coalesce and Dillinger Escape Plan have also had an effect on the members. Not to the detriment of The Acacia Strain's music, though; they created something much larger than the sum of their collective influences. ?We don't like really like being compared to other bands,? explains Bennett, ?because we are trying to write the most original music we can.?