Massachusetts-based metallic juggernauts THE ACACIA STRAIN have set "Wormwood" as the title of their new album, due on July 20 in North America (August 2 in Europe) via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2008's "Continent" was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris. The cover artwork for the album was created by Justin Kamerer of Angryblue and is available below.
A video message from THE ACACIA STRAIN vocalist Vincent Bennett in which he reveals both the title and the artwork for the CD can be viewed below.
THE ACACIA STRAIN played several shows last month with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
The band will take part in the Cool Tour in July/August with AS I LAY DYING, UNDEROATH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BLESSTHEFALL, ARCHITECTS, CANCER BATS and WAR OF AGES.
"The Most Known Unknown", the debut DVD from THE ACACIA STRAIN, entered Billboard's Top Music Videos chart at position No. 10.
Disc one of the "The Most Known Unknown" DVD documents a sold-out show at the Worcester Palladium shot in December 2008, while disc two contains footage of a show at the much smaller and more intimate Waterfront on the band's home turf of Holyoke, Massachusetts, as well as three music videos, a documentary covering the formative years of the band and a "10 Seconds of Fame" bonus segment, in which select fans were given 10 seconds on camera to do whatever they wanted.
"The Most Known Unknown" features cover art by Paul Romano, who was also responsible for the cover of THE ACACIA STRAIN's latest album, "Continent", as well as covers for MASTODON, TRIVIUM and many more.
THE ACACIA STRAIN sold almost 5,600 copies of "Continent" in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD debuted at No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.