The Aca­cia Strain

GRAVEBLOOM

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - Con­necti­cut met­al­core high­ris­ers de­cide to hold the fort STEPHEN HILL

The suc­cess of 2014’s Coma Witch was as sur­pris­ing as it was en­joy­able for The Aca­cia Strain. For a band who deal in gut­tural lev­els of sonic bru­tal­ity to make a dent in the US Bill­board Top 40 is some achieve­ment. So you wouldn’t ex­pect them to try any kind of grand rein­ven­tion on Gravebloom, and, to be fair, they don’t. What they do in­stead is what they’ve al­ways done: write an al­bum of fairly one-paced death­core that is tuned so low it threat­ens to rum­ble the Earth’s crust. Some­times, like on the fairly turgid Bit­ter Pill, it can grate if you’re look­ing for some­thing chal­leng­ing and rev­o­lu­tion­ary; on oth­ers, such as on the far more rhyth­mi­cally in­ter­est­ing Model Cit­i­zen, the re­lent­less march and power of The Aca­cia Strain’s mu­sic just feels so good it’s ut­terly se­duc­tive. As much as you might want to en­cour­age them to stretch them­selves, this is a band who know what they’re good at and are aware of their lim­i­ta­tions.

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