The Acacia Strain Debuts at #2 on Billboard new Artist Chart, #107 Billboard Top 200

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 3:16 PM

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Press release:

Massachusetts’ heavy hitters The Acacia Strain have cracked into the Billboard charts at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #107 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with the first week sales of the band’s new album, ‘Continent,’ which saw an August 19 release through Prosthetic Records. Scanning nearly 5,600 copies its first week, ‘Continent,’ is the follow-up to 2006’s ‘The Dead Walk,’ and was recorded with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) and features in-depth artwork from Paul Romano (Trivium, The Red Chord, Mastodon) on both CD and vinyl platforms.

"We’re not really sure how to feel," frontman Vincent Bennett said. "Obviously, we’re really excited we made charts and very appreciative to everyone that bought the record this first week, but at same time it’s really hard to sell records with all the people downloading nowadays. We’re really happy that people still went out and bought it did and we hope they enjoy it. To the people that downloaded it, we hope you come out to one the shows and at least sing along and have a good time."

"‘Continent’ is basically my absolute disgust towards everything," vocalist Bennett says of the new record. “The whole album is based on the concept of nihilism. The world as we know it was a fluke and there is no meaning in anything. It is about pulling yourself out of society because everything makes you sick. It is about purposefully leaving everything behind and destroying everything you think you love. It is about hatred, anger, rage and resentment. Nothing is sure to me anymore. Everything has been tainted. This album is pretty much exonerating myself from it all."

Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain has been confirmed as a support band for Unearth’s upcoming tour throughout the month of October. "The Unearth tour is basically the support tour we have been waiting for," Bennett continues. "The lineup is one of the most diverse we have been a part of since Sounds Of The Underground [in 2007] and I can't wait to get out there and give what we have to offer. We are going to be playing a good number of new songs so dig in and learn those words."

"I hope everyone has been enjoying the TAS TV skits we worked on," Bennett adds, available here. "Expect more stuff like that from us in the future. Boredom is easily quelled by a video camera, and we are bored 95% of our lives. See you on the road!”"

The Acacia Strain on tour:

  • 9/20 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights (WZMR Home Town Throwdown)
(with Unearth, Protest The Hero, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel, Gwen Stacy)
  • 10/01 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
  • 10/02 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
  • 10/03 Willimasville, NY – Club Infinity
  • 10/04 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
  • 10/05 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
  • 10/06 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants (The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel, locals only)
  • 10/07 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
  • 10/08 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
  • 10/09 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
  • 10/10 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
  • 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Avalon
  • 10/12 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
  • 10/13 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
  • 10/14 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
  • 10/15 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
  • 10/17 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
  • 10/18 Lubbock, TX – the Foundation
  • 10/19 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
  • 10/20 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
  • 10/22 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
  • 10/23 Saint Petersburg, FL – The State
  • 10/24 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
  • 10/25 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
  • 10/26 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
  • 10/27 Augusta, GA – Club Hollywood (no Unearth or Protest The Hero)
  • 10/28 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
  • 10/29 Norfolk, VA – NorVa
  • 10/30 New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

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