After the dust settles and the apocalypse runs it's course, art will still persist in the wake of insanity. Society may crumble, but music endures and even thrives. The Acacia Strain document this deconstruction from the front row. The metal institution survey humanity's fate with seasick grooves, thrash precision, doom vulnerability, and vocal convulsions. 2006's The Dead Walk is one of the band's most composed, confident efforts to date, filled with a devastating one-two punch of swift riffs and chest-caving breaks. With eerie artwork and the return of veteran producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains), The Acacia Strain stripped away any cliche trappings here that would mistakenly label the band for anything other than what it is.