BULLDOG PROMOTIONS & BOOKING PRESENTS
The Acacia Strain, Incendiary, This Or The Apocalypse, Carbomb, CCWB, Beyond Dishonor, undermind, Tomorrow Will Always Triumph, Navigate the Maelstrom, MINUTIA
1706 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE, 19809
Doors 3:30 PM / Show 4:15 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
The Acacia Strain
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.
This Or The Apocalypse
Most unfamiliar with Lancaster County, Pennsylvania typically associate it with sprawling rural environments and Amish populations. Those who have spent time in the central PA location can speak of an entirely different portrait of Lancaster. They have experienced the "big city" atmosphere mixed with the earnest hard work ethos of a small town. They know of the thriving and vibrant downtown arts and music scene, which has produced a number of ground breaking local music acts. They can also tell you the benefit of its close proximity to 5 major US cities. It is this blend of circumstances that established the creative approach, broad vision, and DIY principles of This or the Apocalypse. They are a band that exhibits the patience and dedication to step outside the box to create something both heavy and unique. Their craft of song is intelligent, scathing, honest and even uplifting.
With a foundation steadily built from self-released recordings and self-booked tours, This or the Apocalypse signed to LifeForce Records. Their first commercial debut, "Monuments", reached American shelves on September 07 and the rest of the world the following month. The album ripped along at a driving pace, thoughtfully interchanging syncopated polyrhythmic grooves, striking melodies, and a passionate approach unheard in heavy music. With inspiration taken from vintage poetry and classic literature coupled with Armellino's tenacious and honest vocal delivery, the album offered listeners a welcomed change of pace from typical heavy music themes.
"Monuments" blurred the lines between hardcore and metal, dodging the gimmicks of both. The band toured relentlessly performing through North America for 10 months out of 12 months in support of the release during it's debut year. Focused and unwilling to stop writing new material, the band used recording equipment to create pre-production demos while on the road. It provided an opportunity to creatively experiment as a band without the limitations of deadlines. While on stage the band displayed an array of musicianship and energy, which caused them to stand out in distinction amongst others on the bill. At the 2009 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler was in attendance to one of these noted performances. Chris fondly recalls his first impressions of the band:
""I received advance copy of 'Monuments' from my friend Drew at Lifeforce and I flipped on the drummer. I called Drew and asked if this was the real deal or programming; he assured me it was real. I saw they were playing a festival LOG was on months later, very early in the day. I drug my drum tech to come watch with me and about 12 other people stood in awe with jaws dropped. I found the drummer, Grant, later that day and we discussed all things metal over a bottle of vodka in the back of my bus all night. I realized after that hang, specifically, that this was a band that could be and do anything and I was entirely addicted"
Shortly after Chris approached the band about producing their next album. Chris explains, "I knew that if I was going to ever work with another band that it would have to be a very special circumstance. I've had literally thousands of bands ask, but I never felt the connection and belief I felt when I saw and hung with TOTA. I'm happy to be a part of this. I feel like this is an important moment." Chris also brought along with him famed producer/engineer Josh Wilbur (Avenged Sevenfold/Atreyu) to work on the project. The band brought into the session enough material to record three full albums.
While the core of the songs retain the trademark TOTA sound, each member made a commitment to push their individual arrangements and performances well beyond any previously established boundaries. The synergy between the band and the co producers was the perfect storm of aggressive and creative youth coupled with experience and wisdom. The blistering ensemble of tracks will undoubtedly blaze a new path for the band and turn the world of aggressive music upside down.
Car Bomb is a mathcore band from Long Island, NY that was initially formed in 2000. Their debut album, Centralia, was released through Relapse Records on February 6, 2007.
For Fans of Pantera, Soulfly & Biohazard
If you were to sum up the collective philosophy of Beyond Dishonor, it would probably read that the most egregious mistake current metal bands make is to take themselves too seriously. Comprised of five members with very disparate influences, styles and quirks, this stalwart of the resurgent New Jersey Metal scene combines all of those myriad differences between them and, somehow, creates music that is brutal and aggressive enough for the most hardcore of fans and yet groovy enough to be accessible to those on the fringe. It is no wonder that they are a featured metal band with Philadelphia's own Preston and Steve Morning Show on 93.3 WMMR.
Beyond Dishonor creates a wild soundscape that veers just far enough away from the norm in order to capture the attention of today's distractible music listener. All of this is wrapped around the lyrics of singer Reese Dunlap, who's literary, filmographic and intellectual obsessiveness pervades each song with hidden meanings, double entendre', and tongue-in-cheek jabs. Their latest full length release, "travesty." is a perfect example. It is their sense of humor, their desire to combine aggressive, brutal metal with a wry sense of humor, and a high level of experience that has helped shape this 5 piece. Project Independent claimed "This is a PRO band" and awarded their only perfect score when critiquing the music and performance capabilities, and Wicked Radio claims "Beyond Dishonor is the finest example of accomplished metal, unsigned or not". Taxi confesses that "This band is completely airtight – [we] would definitely see this band live after hearing only one track from their CD". Cravemetal claims that they "have a fantastic sound….feet will be tapping along without even realizing it". Judge for yourself why MySpace Metal called Beyond Dishonor "one of the top ten unsigned metal bands in the USA". Raise your glasses!
uNdErMiNd. IN NJ YOU CANT MAKE LEFT HAND TURNS OR PUMP YOUR OWN GAS. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS UNDERMIND IS STILL PISSED ABOUT IT. ENJOY.
Tomorrow Will Always Triumph
5 PIECE POST HARDCORE FROM NEWARK, DE.
Navigate the Maelstrom
One of their songs is entitled "Alexis Texas In July". Nuff said.
Minutia was created in the suburbs of Philadelphia in late 2009 by guitarist Jeff Braytenbah, drummer Tom Cullen, and vocalist Goho as the antithesis of clichés found across the wide swath of metal subgenres in existence today. The trio eventually brought bassist Bryan Gulla into the fold and began crafting songs that lack many of the pretensions and recycled ideas found in most current metal music. Their sound is stripped down, yet refined. It is traditional and catchy, but also experimental. It is as simple as it is intelligent. The name "Minutia" was seen as a perfect fit because though the surface of their music suggests a more traditional, balanced set of compositions, one look at its subtle details betrays the band's creative energies focused on technicality and experimentation. Each of the member's unique contributions blend together to form a fresh, new sound, albeit one that echoes their primary influences, like Pantera, Tool, Deftones, Radiohead, Meshuggah, and Primus, as well as many other bands spanning many genres. The members of Minutia continue to create a unique brand of metal and care little for fashionable trends, instead preferring to win the respect and loyalty of their fans through the aesthetic of their music, and the uncontrived, raw energy of their live performances.