Despite the brutality and aggression in Acaro's music, off stage the band have a familial vibe. Over drinks at the Model, Harrell praises his bandmates as the best group of guys he's ever worked with. He speaks glowingly of growing up around metal, in a scene that is welcoming, and reflects on "what it was like, working all week, just so I could go to shows."

Roa echoes Harrell's emphasis on the importance of engaging fans, reflecting on his youth in Chile under the repressive Augusto Pinochet junta. His youth, Roa says, was spent "going over to friends' houses to listen to a third or fifth copy of a tape someone's cousin in the US sent home, wondering what it would be like to meet or see bands like Sepultura and Death."

Beyond this weekend's release of The Disease of Fear, Acaro are eager to continue their progress in a heavier and more technical direction. With a slate of weekend shows across New England and New York in the months ahead, the band aren't resting easy — the follow-up to The Disease of Fear is already in the works.

ACARO + AUSTRALIS + SOUL REMNANTS + FORCED ASPHYXIATION + TOTALITY | Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | July 24 @ 7 pm | $10 | 18+ | 617.236.7600

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