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(Single Review) “A” by THE ACACIA STRAIN
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(Single Review) “A” by THE ACACIA STRAIN

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Acacia Strain, let’s just say jaw-dropping riffs and guttural harsh vocals are a significant part of their sound! Their new release entitled "A" features the two tracks, Inverted Person and Chhinnamasta, and follows the singles ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘C’. Inverted Person opens with a ludicrously fast pace. The energy levels are high and the heaviness of the instrumentation throws a wall of sound in your face. There’s a fair change of pace throughout the track and this really emphasizes the different parts. By having a slow tempo in the chorus, the guitar leads have time to soar above the heavier tones, whilst the dramatic percussion and guitar rhythms contrast the speed of the verses. The bridge of the track brings in further layers to the sound with v...
Mike Valante, guitarist for BRICK BY BRICK, Converses with Madness To Creation on Witnessing Murder, Hardcore Life, and “Hive Mentality”
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Mike Valante, guitarist for BRICK BY BRICK, Converses with Madness To Creation on Witnessing Murder, Hardcore Life, and “Hive Mentality”

Editor's Note:  Troy, New York's own BRICK BY BRICK recently released their CD entitled "Hive Mentality", which includes the hardcore party anthem "Bar Is Open" and "In My Ruins", which features Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain on vocals.  This band takes no prisoners, they have plenty of middle fingers for all authority, and they believe in living life on their own terms.  Fans can find Brick By Brick at the following locations: www.facebook.com/brickbybrickny www.reverbnation.com/brickbybrick Madness To Creation:  Looks like a crazy good time for the music video to "Bar Is Open", take us into the video and how did you get linked up with Tony of Municipal Waste? Mike:  Our goal was to have our own anthem. "Bar Is Open" was the hashtag that we started using when we did a We...
Trevor Phipps of Unearth Converses with Madness To Creation on Poker Tips, Remembering Vinnie Paul, and America’s Screwed Up Environmental Policies!
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Trevor Phipps of Unearth Converses with Madness To Creation on Poker Tips, Remembering Vinnie Paul, and America’s Screwed Up Environmental Policies!

Editor's Note:  Let me tell you, this was one of the most chill interviews I have ever done.  Trevor Phipps of Unearth was like a long lost friend that I reconnected with.  Unearth was getting ready to dominate the Vans Warped Tour and we talked about everything from games on smartphones, to Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, to even Donald Trump's skewed environmental policies.  Unearth's single "Incinerate" recently hit number one on "The Devil's Dozen" via Liquid Metal.  Fans can find Unearth at the following locations: Madness To Creation:  (As Trevor is finishing up with a game on his smartphone), What kind of video games do you like to play? Trevor:  Not much of a gamer, but on the road, I like to play games.  I'll show you, (pulls out his phone), it's Clash Royale, it's like Cla...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Looking Back on 2017:  Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Looking Back on 2017: Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  I remember driving in my car on my way to my full time job and Soundgarden came on the radio.  It was the song "Outshined" and I didn't think anything of it, I love being surprised when I hear a damn good song on the radio.  I forget about my stresses for those few moments and prepare to sing my heart out to a song that defined my teenage angst years.  Then, the radio DJ for Rock 108 came on and announced that Chris Cornell was found dead in a hotel room bathtub.  I froze.  Tears suddenly streamed down my face and I literally pulled over to the side of the road and wept.  I couldn't believe the news.  I remember all the tributes and most importantly the artists all seemed somewhat broken when we brought up Chris Cornell.  When I interview, I don't try to get the dirt, I foc...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Looking Back at 2017 Warped Tour Part One:  Featuring Hatebreed!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Looking Back at 2017 Warped Tour Part One: Featuring Hatebreed!

The old tried and true saying goes is that "all good things must come to an end".  It was recently announced that after 2018, Kevin Lyman was going to discontinue the Warped Tour.  My heart sank into my stomach after I read the news on Alternative Press.  The thing is, the Vans Warped Tour was the festival of all festivals to me.  It allowed fans to check out many different genres of music, heck pop singers such as Katy Perry and hip-hop artists such as 3OH!3 were embraced at the Warped Tour.  The Vans Warped Tour had a sense of unity there where it didn't matter what style of music, what background you were, or even what political or religious belief you had, you were accepted simply for who you are.  I am pretty sure that was what Kevin's vision was.  I am going to make this a several pa...
Madness To Creation’s A to Z Throwback Reviews: Featuring The Acacia Strain!
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Madness To Creation’s A to Z Throwback Reviews: Featuring The Acacia Strain!

This year has been a pretty darn solid year for Massachusetts(and Iowa's own) The Acacia Strain, who has had their fifth consecutive album charted in the Billboard 200 and had a great run with the Vans Warped Tour this year.  The Acacia Strain is prepared to embark on an Australian tour with Kublai Khan, and is riding the wave of success off of "Gravebloom". The Acacia Strain has seen band member changes, however, Vincent Bennett remains the constant in the band as the founder and vocalist of the band since 2001.  The Acacia Strain is also composed of Griffin Landa(formerly of Too Pure To Die) on bass, Devin Shidaker(formerly of Oceano) on guitars, Kevin Boutot on drums, and Tom Smith, Jr. on rhythm guitar.  They would initially sign a record contract with The Devil's Head and release the...
“1711” by Katastrophes Tomb, raw bludgeoning power!
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“1711” by Katastrophes Tomb, raw bludgeoning power!

After recently seeing their set when they opening for The Acacia Strain during their one-off show before embarking on the Vans Warped Tour, I became further intrigued with this band.  It was an intense live show that was highly engaging for the packed house at the Vaudeville Mews.  This band is known as Katastrophes Tomb, and on July 21st, they have released their EP entitled "1711" via Reverb Nation, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud. Katastrophes Tomb is composed of Vincent Venn on vocals, Taylor Soloman on drums, Brian Lundy on guitars, Curtis Coleone on bass, and Joe Youngbear on guitars.  This year alone, Katastrophes Tomb has shared the stage with the likes of the aforementioned The Acacia Strain, Flaw, Psychostick, Motograter, Mushroomhead, Madame Mayhem, and American Head Charge.  They a...
The Acacia Strain gets Warped with Madness to Creation! The band talks Seinfeld, inspiration following performance in Shakopee!
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The Acacia Strain gets Warped with Madness to Creation! The band talks Seinfeld, inspiration following performance in Shakopee!

Fresh off their eighth studio album Gravebloom, hard-hitting metal band The Acacia Strain was one of the first bands to perform at the 2017 Vans Warped as the festival made its way through Shakopee, Minnesota. The Massachusetts based band has been inciting mosh-pits since 2001. Vocalist Vincent Bennett is the only original member . Guitarist Devin Shidaker joined the band in 2013. We sat down with the two after their energetic performance at Warped. (more…)
Griffin Landa, bassist of The Acacia Strain, discusses “Gravebloom” and “Seinfeld”, plus bonus fan section with Madness To Creation!
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Griffin Landa, bassist of The Acacia Strain, discusses “Gravebloom” and “Seinfeld”, plus bonus fan section with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  It was a great night for hardcore music in a rundown, filthy, yet sexy venue known as the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Acacia Strain put on a killer show in their one-off concert before they ventured off to be a part of the summer's hottest festival, the Vans Warped Tour!  Here, we had an awesome conversation with Griffin Landa, who is the bassist for The Acacia Strain.  It's appropriate that we interviewed Griffin right at his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.  Apparently, The Acacia Strain was in town for several days hanging out, and they continuously expressed their love for Iowa, and I knew it was a genuine love for the Hawkeye State!  Griffin discusses his career, the upcoming release entitled "Gravebloom", which is due out via Rise Records on June 30th, and ...