The Acacia Strain
Wormwood


4.0
excellent

Review

by ErichB USER (7 Reviews)
March 4th, 2019 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Acacia Strain's "Wormwood" threatens to drown the listener in the sea of its enormous sound.

The Acacia Strain brought things to an elevated level in 2010 with their fifth studio album, "Wormwood." This records features the same lineup as 2008's "Continent" with Vincent Bennett on vocals, guitarist Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz, bass guitar by Jack Strong, and Kevin Boutet manning the kit. "Wormwood" features 12 songs with a total length of about 48 minutes.

After 2008's alluringly heavy "Continent," The Acacia Strain apparently were not finished with finding how big they could actually make their sound. In comes "Wormwood," with even lower-tuned guitars, higher production value, chunkier grooves, and earth-moving breakdowns. Listeners that are familiar with the Acacia Strain's work will find themselves right at home with lyrical themes of anger, misanthropy, a little technophia, and although the misogynistic content of previous efforts seems to have been toned down, it has been supplemented with a heaping serving of nihilism. The mood is portrayed to potent effect with lines like "I will set the fires that make the ocean burn, I am the one who will poison the world," and "This world is a graveyard, I don't give a f*ck." Most of the songs on this album are made up of mid-tempo riffs, with the exception of a few slightly speedier sections, and, of course, breakdowns. While there is a general lack of purposeful musical technicality throughout this album, "Wormwood" makes up for that by providing a sound that will rumble the listener's whole body. Although they use very low-tuning and production that emphasizes the bottom end, the sound never gets muddy or unclear and each instrument is fairly clear in the mix (however, the listener my struggle to discriminate the guitar from the bass guitar).

The good: For listeners that want something heavy, this album opens with "Beast," which could be an appropriate name for the whole record. It has a heavy, slow, chugging main riff and a big chorus, featuring Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed. "Ramirez" and "Nightman" are two song that bring up the tempo and are well-placed in the track list to break up the offerings of slower songs, and the latter has another great chorus. Though the listener might refer to any song on the album as "heavy," this author saves the superlative "heaviest" for "BTM FDR" (bottom feeder) and "The Hills Have Eyes." Both of these tracks have sections (breakdowns) that this author likes to refer to as "bottoming out," where the already deep, thundering sound plunges even further to provide the aforementioned "earth-moving" feel.

The bad: As mentioned earlier, the album has a lack of musical technicality. It is effective in it's delivery, but could benefit from a few well-placed solos, or even an instrumental reminiscent of "The Behemoth" from "Continent," or "Halcyon" from 2004's "3750." Although, one could argue that something like that could take away from the album's general mood and sound. On the subject of instrumentals, "Wormwood" ends with a track called "Tactical Nuke," a song that begins with a slow, groove-ish riff that continues to slow down as the tempo comes to a crawl by the end of its 5 minute and 34 second runtime. While this song is effective at winding down the album, the listener may find themselves just wanting it to end, instead of enjoying one last offering from the band.

The bottom line: "Wormwood" takes what made "Continent" great and amps up everything that its predecessor had without recycling any of its content. This album would also serve as a good introduction to the casual listener as its simplistic design is easy to listen to. The Acacia Strain set out to make one of the heaviest albums ever, and delivered a straightforward, no-holds-barred offering. This is an essential album for any fan of The Acacia Strain, and definitely warrants a listen from the casual metalcore/hardcore fan as well.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
accompliceofmydeath
March 4th 2019


4836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love that on this album they threw everything out the window and just wrote the moshiest tunes they could. Just straight ass beating riff after ass beating riff.

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Ninjahague
March 4th 2019


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Straightforward no shits given furious beast of an album

cvlts
March 4th 2019


9623 Comments


Was just listening to this for the first time in like 5 years the other day.

"Beast" is the sole reason the dinosaurs went extinct.

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ktjammin
March 4th 2019


332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS WORLD IS A GRAVEYARD I DON’T GIVE A FUUUUUUUCCKK

ErichB
March 4th 2019


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally agree with you all. The album is definitely a crusher.

joshieboy
March 5th 2019


6894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never listened to enough of this band, l do remember this album being absolutely huge though

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 5th 2019


3791 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YOU ARE THE BABY KILLERS

accompliceofmydeath
March 5th 2019


4836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WE WILL EXPLODE THE SUN

DeadBitchAlexis
March 5th 2019


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

One of the most mediocre Deathcore bands. Dont get the appeal for this at all. It sounds huge but is horribly monotonous and awfully written. Just reeks of how generic and painfully boring Deathcore became in the late 2000s.

ktjammin
March 5th 2019


332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not Animosity? Not good deathcore.

LARGEMINT
March 5th 2019


81 Comments


again, dude that knows nothing about music back to spew more dumb shit. not a deathcore band. never have been a deathcore band. you know nothing except monotonous, one trick pony ass music

DeadBitchAlexis
March 5th 2019


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Animosity are a top Deathcore band. Theres other good Deathcore bands as well as them just for me this aint one of them.



I dont know what you mean by again there Mint. Dont think ive ever seen you around but thanks for the kind words that youve given me just for not liking this band.

LARGEMINT
March 5th 2019


81 Comments


"just for not liking this band"

doesn't know nothing bout music, check.
cant read, clearly, check
needs to log off, check

DeadBitchAlexis
March 5th 2019


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oh wait now I think I know who you are. Hi Hank glad to see your hateboner for me is still throbbing hard as its been for about two months now.

Ninjahague
March 5th 2019


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeaahhh acacia isn't deathcore

but they do infuse some core elements foh sure

but they are way to groovy to be deathcore lmfao

Space Jester
March 5th 2019


7204 Comments


Yea I always thought this band was lame and boring af

P good review tho

DeadBitchAlexis
March 5th 2019


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"but they are way to groovy to be deathcore lmfao"



...As if Death Metal cant be groovy. These dudes just take Groove infused Metalcore and dose it over with some minor Death Metal influence. And its not like Deathcore around the time this came out was being anything other than chuggy mid-paced Metalcore with growling.

ErichB
March 5th 2019


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everyone has their opinions, and that's great, it's good to have differences in opinion for the purpose of discourse. I can understand why someone wouldn't like The Acacia Strain, or any other band for that matter. Unfortunately, I don't think the "which prefix-core, or which genre" argument will ever end across the board. But, I also think that if the argument didn't take the forefront of every debate about a band, we could all take more time listening to and possibly just enjoying the music, instead of fighting.

LARGEMINT
March 5th 2019


81 Comments


I spent all of high school actually enjoying the music poser, now I just talk about it cause I know/enjoy nothing else on earth

DeadBitchAlexis
March 5th 2019


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wow looks we got a big boi over here



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