Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Acacia Strain - Death is the only mortal

The Acacia Strain - Death is the only mortal (2012) Rise Records
Produced by The Acacia Strain
Tracks : 1.Doomblade 2.Our lady of perpetual sorrow 3.Go to sleep 4.Brain death 5.The mouth of the river 6.Dust and the Helix 7.Victim of the cave 8.Time and death and god 9.The chambers nautilus 10.House of abandon
2,5 out of 5

The Acacia Strain from Massachusetts is one of the most hardworking bands in the hardcore genre the last decade, they tour constantly and are very loyal to their fans. Recently, they signed to Rise Records which must be one of the heaviest labels around if not the heaviest, I mean this is soooo heavy. Imagine Hulk in his angriest mood and then hang a guitar over his shoulder, get the picture! The band debuted with "And life is very long" in 2002 and ten years later, their 6th album "Death is the only mortal" is unleashed. The Acacia Strain deliver a blend of hardcore and death metal, very doom-ish where the soundscape is dark with spacerock-esque guitar harmonies. "Our lady of perpetual sorrow" stand out here but I also like "Victims of the cave" a lot, this album works better in small doses because they´re just a bit too aggressive. Hrm.

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