The Acacia Strain
The Dead Walk


3.0
good

Review

by ErichB USER (7 Reviews)
February 28th, 2019 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chugs and breakdowns galore, but may leave the listener wanting something more.

"The Dead Walk" is the third studio album from Massachusetts hardcore/metalcore band The Acacia strain. The lineup for this record consists of vocalist Vincent Bennett, guitarists Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz and Daniel Daponde, bass guitarist Seth Coleman, and drummer Kevin Boutet. This album features 11 songs with a running time just under 32 minutes.

If the listener has heard this band's previous efforts (2004's "3750" and/or 2002's "...And Life is Very Long), then said listener will already know what they are in for, albeit a more polished production and structured experience. The general lyrical themes to be found consist of anger, misanthropy, and misogyny. The lyrics themselves convey subtle metaphors, but are mostly straightforward. Lines like "I pray your broken family heals your broken neck - eat sh*t and live," and "There was a bloodbath [...] I changed her from her neighbor's wet dream into his nightmare," give a glance at the hateful, negative tone of the album. The music itself is full of aggression to accompany the anger portrayed in the lyrics. All songs, save for the first track (an "instrumental"), are made up of mid tempo, chugging riffs with a plethora of breakdowns scattered throughout. "-Core" genre fans love a good breakdown, but something is lost when they aren't executed in an exciting way. The listener is most often plunged into these sections throughout the album, with almost no time to absorb or enjoy what they have just heard before the next one begins. Now, that's not to say that the music is bad, in fact it's fine. But, that's all, it's only fine, and the album as a whole suffers from a lack of memorable moments.

The good tracks: "Burnface," which begins with a memorable, string-bending riff that gets that bounce going, and is then enhanced later in the song with a dissonant lead. "4x4," featuring one of the only solos (and it's a short one) on the album that manages to add some character to this crowd-mover. "See You Next Tuesday," a song with some great groove sections, and a catchy chorus section. "Demolishor" has a really eerie lead over its main riff, and a great bridge riff that stands out among all other on the album (and includes two seriously intense pinch harmonic bends). Finally, "Pity" is an almost 4-minute beatdown that ends with the albums biggest and best breakdown.

The bad: The other 7 tracks can get lost as they don't contain anything that particularly stands out from one another, nor from the 5 songs mentioned above. Riffs are lesser versions of others that were used multiple times in other songs, and the breakdowns are all very similar despite the large amount of them.

The bottom line: Despite it's mediocrity, "The Dead Walk" and The Acacia Strain as a whole still manage to stand out from their counterparts at the time. Hardcore fans of the band will enjoy this album, as I do. However, casual listeners may soon forget this album even after just one listen.



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PyramidNoise
February 28th 2019


535 Comments


Well written review, but I don't agree with the conclusion at all.

ErichB
February 28th 2019


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you, I appreciate your feedback! What is it that you don’t agree with? That I feel it’s mediocre? Our that I feel it stands out a bit?

PyramidNoise
February 28th 2019


535 Comments


It's the mediocre part. It's not diverse, but I don't think it's mediocre. They do what they do extremely well.

At least in my opinion.

ErichB
February 28th 2019


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, for sure. TAS is one of my favorite bands and I like pretty much everything they’ve done, and this album is no exception. This is the first album that I heard by the band, and actually one of the first I ever heard in the heavy music genres. Maybe I should’ve expounded upon “mediocre” and ‘why’ a little more, but I will keep that in mind for future reviews. I was mostly getting at the fact that although they indeed stand out a bit from the rest at the time, and this effort in particular came before they came into their sound, I don’t find it to be that profound. I find it to be good, just not great. Again, I appreciate your feedback, and value your opinion, thank you!

Relinquished
February 28th 2019


41065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember pre-Continent days and thought this was more fun than 3750 but sounded a bit more 'dumb'. Didn't like it as much as I do now but I always came back to 4x4, Whoa, and Angry Mob Justice.

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PyramidNoise
February 28th 2019


535 Comments


I also disagree about the coming into their sound bit. For me it's always been two eras. Pre and Post-Wormwood.

Arguably Continent isn't part of the Wormwood sound, if that's how you define their signature sound these days, but it's still arguably their best album.

Ninjahague
February 28th 2019


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bird era Acacia will always be my favorite but this album is much more than mediocre. POS tho my man any fan of Acacia is good in my book

ErichB
February 28th 2019


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Bird era," I like that. I enjoy both, Coma Witch and Gravebloom are great, but the albums that preceded them are great in their own right. Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it. Agreed, The Acacia Strain is pretty awesome, definitely a favorite of mine.



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