The Acacia Strain
The Most Heard Unheard


2.5
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Review

by Andrew W. Gold CONTRIBUTOR (95 Reviews)
February 19th, 2013 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's a deathcore release... that's about it.

As a whole, it’s safe to say deathcore is among the most uninteresting subgenres of metal. Like all genres of music there are good artists and bad artists, but bands like Emmure and Oceano who rely almost solely on breakdowns to get by give the entire genre a bad reputation. While The Acacia Strain isn’t part of this abominable group, they’re not particularly innovators either. It’s easy to dismiss their music as run-of-the-mill deathcore, which is a fairly accurate description for their sound, and their 2010 EP The Most Heard Unheard does little to help their cause.

Of the 10 tracks on The Most Heard Unheard, four are older live tracks, one is a demo, and one is a cover of Slayer’s ‘Seasons in the Abyss,’ the latter being the only one differentiating itself from the rest. Every other song is just so boring. They all sound terribly similar and bleed into one another making it difficult to tell when one ends and the other begins. On top of that, none deviate from the pattern of heavily distorted guitar riffs, monotonous vocals, and repetitive breakdown climaxes until they end. The live tracks are particularly annoying because Vincent Bennett yells nonsense like “Check this shit out” before every breakdown, and believe me there are plenty of breakdowns on here.

To put it simply, The Most Heard Unheard is nothing more than a safe deathcore release. None of the songs are remarkable in anyway nor are they offensive - they’re just… there. Admittedly there are a few cool breakdowns on the EP and some decent riffs scattered around, but in the context of the EP they do little to make it a worthwhile listen beginning to end. If you’re a die-hard The Acacia Strain you’ll probably enjoy this and if you hate deathcore it definitely won’t change your mind, but at the end of the day both fans and haters alike will agree that The Most Heard Unheard isn’t anything special.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


51504 Comments


Pee-Wee's mugshot, so much why

MO
February 19th 2013


19741 Comments


shit

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!!!"





*cue most generic breakdown ever*

Digging: Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang

Curse.
February 19th 2013


8037 Comments


TAS didn't "pioneer" anything. they were very much a product of the scene they grew up around.
Simply playing more breakdowns doesn't make you a pioneer.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There's a lot worse stuff out there

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Simply playing more breakdowns doesn't make you a pioneer.

^^^

Curse.
February 19th 2013


8037 Comments


Well, and Bury Your Dead, only BYD was better at it


pretty sure he capsed that to be a joke

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty sure he's trolling

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Play with yourself

TwoMonthsInTheCold
February 19th 2013


288 Comments


I like TAS, and I didn't even know this EP was released, I need to hear the first two tracks though. Regardless of whether you like them or not their live shows are insane.

SlMBOLlC
February 19th 2013


5327 Comments


yeh but the acacia strain did the over junz well in the dead walk and continent. cant say much about their most recent two other than their above average and have some fun parts

SlMBOLlC
February 19th 2013


5327 Comments


well no theyre miles ahead of emmure and oceano. And i distinctly remember you, mr snoxxy, defending continent and i think you had it at a 4 before you ratings fucked off

so either you've had a redonk paradigm shift in music taste or you got rid of your ratings to start again and try and seem elite

SlMBOLlC
February 19th 2013


5327 Comments


ahh i had a feeling that was the case. yeh tas are like that, but they did it in a way that was fun and enjoyable for a time

SlMBOLlC
February 19th 2013


5327 Comments


continent for me is a low 4, maybs 3.8 exactly
but mostly i appreciate the way they were able to make good records using the worst tendencies in the dxc genre

DirtBagDan
February 19th 2013


582 Comments


MichaelSnoxall has just proven he is a hypocrite.

Good review, 28, crikey ain't that a lot.

TheMoreira
February 19th 2013


7189 Comments


Yeah this isn't probably that good.

These guys make great albums for a casual listen. Other than that, i still prefer Emmure/Oceano.

MrElmo
February 19th 2013


1955 Comments


Deathcore looks like the only genre with no really good artists at all. Might be wrong but is anybody here able to give me one excellent deathcore band?

YankeeDudel
February 19th 2013


9336 Comments


people always point to the red chord or glass casket but even those bands are 3.3s at best so nah not really

Digging: A Certain Ratio - To Each...

MrElmo
February 19th 2013


1955 Comments


Don't think I'll ever have to bother with this genre then (might try red chord out of curiosity)

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013


22844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Red Chord and Glass Casket are great because they focus more on technicality and less on breakdowns. The Contortionist too if youre into more proggy stuff. The rest can foad



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