The Acacia Strain

Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA


  • Vincent Bennett - Vocals
  • Florian Schartner - Guitar
  • Devin Shidaker - Guitar
  • Jack Strong - Bass
  • Kevin Boutot - Drums

It can be said that some bands truly embody a certain spirit or emotion. Without a doubt, Massachusetts’ long running juggernauts, THE ACACIA STRAIN, truly embody anger. And that shows more than ever on their newest full length, “Wormwood.” The band’s actual sound and vibe are more ferocious than ever on this, their fourth full length for Prosthetic Records and fifth effort overall. Even the successes of their previous full-length, “Continent,” which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart in 2008 and their DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” which debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Video Sales Chart in the February of its release, have not assuaged front man and lyricist Vincent Bennett’s turmoil. For “Wormwood,” the band returned to the scene of the creation of “Continent;” producer Zeus’ of Planet Z Studio in Hadley, MA, who has previously worked with the likes of Hatebreed, The Red Chord, All That Remains and more, engineered, mixed and mastered the slab of vitriol. This time around, we find guitarist, D.L. experimenting with 8 string guitars, adding further depth and low end to the band’s already stomach-turning low end sound. “Wormwood” peaked at #67 on the U.S. Billboard charts, signaling metal fans’ increasing affinity for the band’s sheer musical passion and vicious brand of heaviness. The band appeared on last year’s “Cool Tour” with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. The band’s extensive tour history has them on the road with acts such as Whitechapel, Unearth, Bleeding Through, Killswitch Engage, Despised Icon and August Burns Red. They have also appeared on The Sounds of the Underground Tour and will be a must-see addition to this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. THE ACACIA STRAIN were formed in 2002 in Western Massachusetts, and have gone through a variety of line ups, even, at one point having three guitars, but have played in their current incarnation since 2006. That line up consists of vocalist Vincent Bennett, bassist Jack Strong, guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskeiwitz and drummer Kevin Boutot.


Detailed discography - Add release

Title Type Rating Label Release datesort icon
Wormwood Full-length
Prosthetic Records July 20, 2010
Death is the Only Mortal Full-length
Rise Records October 9, 2012
Money For Nothing EP
Prosthetic Records February 19, 2013
Above / Below EP
Rise Records November 11, 2013
Coma Witch Full-length
Rise Records October 14, 2014
The Depression Sessions Split
Nuclear Blast August 12, 2016


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Have to admit I was extremely surprised to see these dudes listed on here but I agree, Wormwood and DITOM had some serious djent sounds and it is completely because DL is a HUGE fan of Fredrik/Meshuggah. He even used a DAR FBM 100 on DITOM and has a signature guitar with strictly 7 that is clearly influenced by Fredrik.

So I'd say they had djenty influences along the way but now that DL is no longer in the band, I don't think we'll be hearing any more of that. Coma Witch did not, in my opinion, have the slightest hint of djent in it but it was still amazing and you should still go listen to it. At the end of the day, djent or not, who freaking cares?

This band is as solid as they come. Super great musicians. Their shows DESTROY. Absolutely awesome down to earth dudes off stage.

As a long time fan, it's a shame DL's out of the band but they're still rocking hard.

Fair enough, can't say it surprises me coming from them Tongue

For everyone arguing about them being "djent", TAC fans should know that they think djent is fucking dumb. They do sound like some djent bands, but that is probably only because they are big Meshuggah fans.

Some people say this isn't "djent" at all, and imo you just have to listen to their last 2 albums to notice that (at least) there's a HUGE djent influence on them.

I agree with mister. The dudes are really nice with their fans. On a stage tho...well...they are bringing the cataclysm!

Why are they dicks? I got to talk with them for a few minutes after their show together with ETID here in the Philippines, they are pretty good people.

These guys are honestly dicks, it's not even just their "negative" appearance anymore; but, I gotta admit, I love their music and they're flawless live! Props.

Why don't these guys have more fans?! I know this is a site for djent and they really aren't even close, but go see them live....You WILL not be the same. \\m//

yea exactly, theyre not 100% djent, but they definately have some influence or resemblence in there.
and some bands just put on bad shows sometimes, I saw A Day to Remember put on a pretty bad show once, but these guys were awesome

get this horseshit out of here! acacia has no place at all on a djent website

Maybe you should keep that kind of crap for your Facebook feed, so we don't have to read it.

this band is fucking gay, i've seen them live and they're terrible. and they're not djent at all.

That infamous bro brawl between Vincent of tas and gay Frankie of emmure wasnt very djentleman like.

This is djent?

A ''djent'' band saying djent is lame. You can't explain that. A lot of bands on this site don't like the term.

Their entire back catalgoue might not be "djent" but the latest release "Wormwood" definitely uses a lot of djent on it! You only have to hear "The Impaler" to hear that!

"Also IDK about you but I have had an assful of deathcore/metalcore bands hopping on the djent and dubstep bandwagons, so I was pretty stoked that TAS have no plans of doing either."
-Jack Strong - Guitarist from The Acacia Strain in an interview with Metalsucks.

Last album = djent. Great band live.

I wouldn't say that these guys are djent...but they are fucking sick!

not djent