Dr. Acula was an American deathcore band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2005, the group has released five studio albums, and One Independent EP which is long since out of print. They are currently signed to Victory Records. The band is known for the use of soundclips from movies and TV shows as an accent to their songs. Their band name is derived from an alternative perspective from the name of Dracula. None of the original members exist in the band anymore.
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Dr. Acula was founded in 2005. Their name derived originally as a quote from comedian Mitch Hedberg; "I went to see the doctor. All he did was suck blood from my neck. Don't go see Doctor Acula." In the beginning, the band did not take the music seriously by writing joke songs, but soon after they began to pioneer songs from their experiments and released an EP independently the following year. To this day, the band buckled down and wrote and released a more serious album, entitled "Nation"
The band released two demo albums; 2006's Chillogy and 2007's S.L.O.B. (Silver-Lipped Operator of Bullshit). They latter gained the attention of Uprising Records, and Dr. Acula was eventually signed to the label. The following year their debut-full length album, Below Me was released through Uprising, receiving mixed to negative critical reception by many. In the proceeding year, the band saw themselves touring and performing at many local and national festival with more popularized and larger groups. Following into December 2009, three members of the band departed, all leaving just one original member, Bill Graffeo, left.
After re-aligning their line-up again, Dr. Acula released their third studio album, The Social Event of the Century in 2010, also through Uprising Records. It was met with better reception than Below Me, although it was somewhat hobbled with critics noting that the record did not entirely venture to a progressed sound than that of their previous album.
After the release of The Social Event of the Century, Dr. Acula were taken in with a Victory Records contract. The band released their Victory Records debut, Slander on February 15, 2011. During June of that year, keyboardist, Joey Simpson quit the band while on the Horror Nights Tour. The band has no concern or plan at all on a replacement keyboard player. On June 19, 2012 Dr. Acula released Nation. The band called it quits in October of 2012.
Casey Carrano - vocals (2009-2013),
Ricky Ostolaza - guitar (2010-2013),
Jesse Ciappa - drums (2010-2013),
Kevin Graffeo - bass (2009-2012),
Bill Graffeo - lead guitar (2005-2012),
Craig Hecht - samples (2005-2006),
Rob Accardi - vocals (2005-2007),
Mikey Dada - drums (2005-2007),
Bert Vegas - vocals, keyboard (2005-2008),
Lou "Dawg" Figurito - guitar, bass (2005-2009),
Billy Brady - drums (2007-2008),
Rob "Acula" Guarino - guitar, bass (2005-2007, 2007-2009), keyboard (2008),
Jon-Erik "Jerik" Pantorno - vocals (2007, 2008),
Adam Stiletto-bass squeels (2007,2008),
keyboard (2008), bass (2007)
Eric Wallwork - drums (2008-2009),
Tyler Guida - vocals (2008-2012),
Drew Gipe - drums (2009-2010),
Joey Simpson - keyboards, synthesizers, samples (2009-2011)