Hear the Acacia Strain’s Crushing New Concept Album ‘It Comes in Waves’

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The Acacia Strain planned to surprise-release their 38-minute new album It Comes in Waves; unfortunately, an advance product listing tipped their hands, but the deathcore veterans have still gifted fans with an exceptional holiday offering in the doomy slugfest of a record. Maybe even better, frontman Vincent Bennett has revealed that his band already have another new album recorded and ready to go for a 2020 release via Rise Records. As for It Comes in Waves, as the vocalist recently told Decibel, the Acacia Strain view it as more of a conceptual single-song experiment than a proper full-length.

“The main concept is that humans have believed in deities and gods and angels and demons and all of these otherworldly, infallible beings since the beginning of humanity,” he explained. “They all, throughout cultures, throughout time, throughout everything, they all have commonalities, they all have this feeling of leadership, of manipulation, of humans always follow whatever these deities say and they’re known to be all-knowing, all-powerful and, like I said before, infallible. The concept of this album is although all of these cultures have different gods, what if it’s all the same ‘gods’ that have been, throughout history, manipulating and shaping humanity? I’m not saying they’re aliens, but I’m saying they’re inter-dimensional beings that have a personality and have kind of just been manipulating humanity since the beginning. They’ve been around forever. We haven’t and they saw us as an opportunity to have a little fun. … That’s basically what the album is about. It’s about this idea of gods actually being not only real but also physical beings that are just having their way with us at our expense, just so they can have something to do.”

Stream it below and check out the band’s 2020 itinerary.

The Acacia Strain tour dates:
02/28 New Haven, CT – The State House
02/29 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
03/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
03/03 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
03/04 W. Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
03/05 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
03/06 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
03/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/09 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/10 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
03/11 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
03/14 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (no Creeping Death)
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 (no Creeping Death)
03/16 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone (no Creeping Death)
03/17 Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre (no Creeping Death)
03/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (no Creeping Death)
03/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Greek Station
03/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
03/24 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/25 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
03/26 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
03/27 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
03/28 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
03/29 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
03/31 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
04/01 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz
04/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
04/03 Worcester, MA – Palladium
04/04 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
04/05 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts