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The Acacia Strain Release New Album “It Comes In Waves” (Updated)


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Update: December 26th, 2019 10:45 AM:

The Acacia Strain have since revealed that in addition to their newly-released outing “It Comes In Waves“, the band have another new album recorded and will be releasing it sometime in 2020 via Rise Records. The group’s frontman Vincent Bennett recently spoke to Decibel, revealing that “It Comes In Waves” is viewed by the band as more of a singular track and serves more as an EP. He went on to say of the concept of it:

“The main concept is that humans have believed in deities and gods and angels and demons and all of these otherworldly, infallible beings since the beginning of humanity. They all, throughout cultures, throughout time, throughout everything, they all have commonalities, they all have this feeling of leadership, of manipulation, of humans always follow whatever these deities say and they’re known to be all-knowing, all-powerful and, like I said before, infallible. The concept of this album is although all of these cultures have different gods, what if it’s all the same “gods” that have been, throughout history, manipulating and shaping humanity?

I’m not saying they’re aliens, but I’m saying they’re inter-dimensional beings that have a personality and have kind of just been manipulating humanity since the beginning. They’ve been around forever. We haven’t and they saw us as an opportunity to have a little fun.

That’s basically what the album is about. It’s about this idea of gods actually being not only real but also physical beings that are just having their way with us at our expense, just so they can have something to do.”

As for their future plans, including another album, he offered:

“We wrote and recorded two albums last year. We recorded this one…. we’re still on Rise Records. We recorded this album first, from April to June, then we went on tour, we got home, we went to Iowa and we recorded another record for Rise Records. It was a very stressful year when it came to music and I don’t think anybody in my band wants to write a record for another ten years because we just did two pretty much back to back.

We will be supporting this record but our next record is going to get announced I think very soon and the first part of it is going to be support on this Rotting Out tour. It’s a lot for people to take in but I think nowadays you need to keep people interested and you need to keep music going. You need to make people understand that you’re not done. You’re not going away. You need to keep it creative so with this record, ‘It Comes in Waves‘, we did our very off brand—I don’t even want to say off brand because I don’t think we have a brand. We try to do something different every record while still keeping it comfortable.

This was our outside-the-box record and our next one is less experimental I want to say. I don’t think people are going to expect for us, one, to come up with two records so close together but for us to come out with a record that sounds like this one does. At the same time, after hearing ‘It Comes in Waves‘, I think people are going to be like “OK, this band can do different things.”

In 2020, we’ll be a band for 19 years. To keep it going without putting the same record out over and over again, we’ll have to do something like ‘It Comes in Waves‘ and after that, see where it goes. Because we wrote these records so close together, it kind of bleeds over and it bleeds over in a way that you’ll be able to tell they were written around the same time. But at the same time, you’ll say “OK, this is progression, I get it and I’m really happy to hear this band doing something different.” I hope it comes across as different. I don’t read reviews, but I hope when the reviews come in, it’s not just “Oh, well it’s another Acacia Strain record. This is what we expected!”

We want people to go, “They did an OK job at moving forward.”

You can find more from Bennett over at decibelmagazine.com.

Original Story:
Though their plans for a surprise release were thwarted last week by an advanced product listing, The Acacia Strain have now officially released their new album “It Comes In Waves” on Closed Casket Activities.

Currently the outing is available in digital formats (stream it below) with a mid to late February release date planned for the vinyl pressings. You can find pre-orders for the latter here.

The band recorded the album themselves while on tour this past spring and later had Steve Seid of Graphic Nature Audio mix it. You can catch them out with Rotting Out, Chamber and Fuming Mouth on the below run starting in late February:

02/28 New Haven, CT – The State House
02/29 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (tickets)
03/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
03/03 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger (tickets)
03/04 W. Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
03/05 Orlando, FL – Soundbar (tickets)
03/06 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
03/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/09 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/10 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill (tickets)
03/11 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
03/14 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (no Creeping Death) (tickets)
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 (no Creeping Death) (tickets)
03/16 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone (no Creeping Death) (tickets)
03/17 Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre (no Creeping Death)
03/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (no Creeping Death) (tickets)
03/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Greek Station
03/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (tickets)
03/22 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck (tickets)
03/24 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/25 Chicago, IL – Subterranean (tickets)
03/26 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
03/27 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
03/28 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary (tickets)
03/29 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar (tickets)
03/31 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
04/01 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz
04/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
04/03 Worcester, MA – Palladium (tickets)
04/04 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland (tickets)
04/05 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

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