The Acacia Strain have been releasing a number of 2-track EPs throughout 2020, with D, E, C, A, and now the fifth EP Y spelling out DECAY - and the band have officially announced that it was all a lead-up to their new album Slow Decay, which is slated for a July 24 release.
Slow Decay will feature the ten tracks already released as part of the EP series, along with two unreleased songs to round out the tracklist.
The two grim new tracks featured on Y, 'One Thousand Painful Stings (feat. Spiritbox vocalist Courtney LaPlante)' and 'EARTH WILL BECOME DEATH' can be heard below.
Vocalist Vincent Bennett says of the new EP:
"The whole concept is reality breaking down around us. We've done our time on earth, broken through the boundaries of what reality actually is, and we're now witnessing our collective descent into madness. Lyrically and sonically, everything reflects that. You're getting the vision piece by piece. The whole theme is a slow dive. By the same token, it organically becomes one record instead of just one big push out of the gate. As soon as you think you're getting the hang of it, we throw out a wrench with the full-length. There's no evidence to suggest we're aren't actually in a living hell. The things happening around us could be out of a comic book or a movie. The idea is, 'This can't be real.' Maybe something happened. Maybe we're all dead and we don't even know it. Maybe we're just living in some augmented reality hellscape of actual planet earth."
The Acacia Strain - 'Slow Decay' tracklisting:
01. "Feed A Pigeon Breed A Rat"
02. "Crippling Poison"*
03. "Seeing God" (Feat. Aaron Heard)
04. "Solace and Serenity"
05. "The Lucid Dream" (Feat. Jess Nyx)
06. "I breathed in the smoke deeply it tasted like death and I smiled" (Feat. Zach Hatfield)
08. "Inverted Person"
10. "One Thousand Painful Stings" (Feat. Courtney LaPlante)
11. "Birds of Paradise, Birds of Prey"*
12. "EARTH WILL BECOME DEATH"
Listen to The Acacia Strain now.