The Acacia Strain stopped in Saint Paul last night for a show filled with high-energy, stage diving, and performers giving it their all.
On their two-night stay in Minnesota, they performed on Sunday and Monday at The Amsterdam. During Sunday’s show, they played their album It Comes In Waves in its entirety and on Monday will be playing Wormwood.
Both of these albums are fast-paced and intense and being at shows like these always pumps me up with how involved the fans and performers are. All of the bands played well last night and had high energy, but Dying Wish really took the cake, giving 110% during the entire set.
Dying Wish was impressive and their music has a lot of complicated tempo changes and breakdowns that fit that metalcore vibe. Along with Dying Wish, Harm’s Way, Orthodox and Kublai Khan performed before The Acacia Strain ended the night.
Emma Boster, Dying Wish’s vocalist, had a huge smile on her face in between her powerful vocals. Thinking back on Harm’s Way’s set, the first thing that comes to mind is hair. Watching everyone headbang with long hair flying everywhere is fun and makes me want to grow my hair out just so I can headbang like the cool kids.
Orthodox captured the crowd’s attention and the circle pit in the middle got significantly bigger during their set. They released the single ‘Body & Soul‘ this year and I’m excited for what comes next.
Kublai Khan also released a single this year called, ‘Resentment’ after putting out their last album in 2019. During their set, the moshing really set in and it felt like the floor was vibrating. Their set was exciting and I was looking forward to seeing them live for the first time.
Even though it was a long night and an even longer tour for the bands, the energy at The Amsterdam really stuck it out through Acacia’s set.
Acacia’s vocalist, Vincent Bennett, looks so intense on stage and it’s honestly hard not to keep your eyes on him while he performs. I appreciate his ferocity and how much it ties into their music.
Every time I see The Acacia Strain it’s like the first time I heard their album Coma Witch. They draw you in and capture your attention and I can’t help but dance and absorb their energy. Leaving The Amsterdam, though very cold and windy, I also felt elated, excited, and absorbed the high energy that the performers put out.