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The Acacia Strain - Coma Witch

Jasmin Nahar
Jasmin Nahar 16 October 2014 at 13.42

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The Acacia Strain have been plagued with line-up changes, but does it show on their new album?

On their sixth album – their first full-length with yet another new lineup – this Massachusetts mob are on fine form. ‘Cauterizer’ is a brutal combination of guttural growls and Pantera-style grooves, and ‘Holy Walls Of The Vatican’ is laden with doom. The inclusion of 28-minute finale, ‘Observer’, is a bold move, but not one that works. Largely instrumental, it makes for an ambitious but wholly unnecessary addition. That aside, they’ve succeeded in making a devastatingly heavy record that, bar the odd predictable breakdown, manages to steer clear of deathcore clichés and sets them apart from their peers. 

This review is taken from Rock Sound 193. You can order the new issue to your door, download it digitally or grab it in UK stores now!

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