Today marks the official unveiling of Terrasite, the herculean tenth studio album from San Diego, California-based deathgrind behemoths, CATTLE DECAPITATION, out now on Metal Blade Records!
Though many bands have tried, no one articulates the real apocalypse humanity is facing as vividly and succinctly as CATTLE DECAPITATION. With 2019’s Death Atlas, they reached the apex of this, perhaps leading some to believe they had no place left to go beyond such an achievement, but alas, the band returns with Terrasite, which is as bold a statement as they have ever made. Roaring to life with the savage yet hauntingly melodic “Terrasitic Adaptation” and advancing through the likes of the relentless “We Eat Our Young” and culminating with the ten-plus minutes of “Just Another Body,” Terrasite is an album that constantly shifts dynamics and demands a variety of emotional responses.
Elaborates guitarist Josh Elmore, “All the CATTLE hallmarks are there; ripping blasts, abrasive and aggressive guitar/bass riffs and [vocalist] Travis [Ryan]’s varied vocal approach; but this record just feels different. There’s a deep richness to the guitar tones and a more prominent bass guitar presence, the drums parts are assaultive, but tasteful and Travis’ vocals are as varied as they’ve ever been but with an added emotional depth. The whole record sounds like a somber panic attack; like mourning the loss of a loved one at Mach 3. The trademark CATTLE intensity is always there, but this time at paces that range from frantic to controlled and driving but with more focus on menacing heaviness. The ambient and effect-laden guitar presence also takes up a much larger part of the whole experience.”
In celebration of the release of Terrasite, today the band has unleashed a video for “A Photic Doom.” Offers Ryan of the track, “[The lyrics for “A Photic Doom”] are more of just a metaphor for being alone in your head and turning away from the life that is exposed by the light of day. Shaking your fist at the sun for exposing this place to us. For uncovering the depravity of our species and casting light onto subjects rather than letting them rest in the darkness.”
Watch CATTLE DECAPITATION’s “A Photic Doom” video at THIS LOCATION.
Watch the band’s previously released video for “We Eat Our Young” at THIS LOCATION and “Scourge Of The Offspring” at THIS LOCATION.
Terrasite, which features the artwork by longtime collaborator Wes Benscoter (Vader, Kreator, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy), was produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Allegaeon) and includes Dis Pater of Midnight Odyssey handling piano and synths.
Terrasite is available as a jewel case CD, digitally, and on vinyl in the following color variants:
— “The Fleshy Architect” Orange/Peach Marble vinyl (US exclusive)
— “Hadean Eon” Orange Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
— “Gomorrah’s Flora” Green Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
— “Winds Of Solastalgia” Purple Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
— 180g Black vinyl (EU exclusive)
— “Pupa To A Nymph” LP1: Black Ash Smoke vinyl – LP2: Transp. Skin Marble vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
— “Irradiated Alight” Sunset Marble vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
— “Living Death Spirituality” White w/ Purple Splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies) ** SOLD OUT **
— “Terrasitic Jizzplosion” Clear w/ Gold Splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
— “Life Finds A Way” Clear w/ Green + Purple Splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
Find all ordering options at: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.
CATTLE DECAPITATION is currently on the road supporting Dark Funeral on this year’s edition of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The journey kicked off yesterday, May 11th in Santa Ana, California and will run through June 10th in Los Angeles, California. Additional support is being provided by Blackbraid and labelmates 200 Stab Wounds. Secure your tickets at THIS LOCATION. See all confirmed dates below.
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Dark Funeral, 200 Stab Wounds, Blackbraid [remaining dates]:
5/12/2023 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
5/13/2023 El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2023 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
5/16/2023 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
5/17/2023 The Warehouse – Houston, TX
5/19/2023 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
5/20/2023 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2023 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
5/23/2023 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/24/2023 Irving Plaza – New York, NY * No Blackbraid
5/26/2023 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
5/27/2023 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
5/28/2023 Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
5/30/2023 The Metro – Chicago, IL
5/31/2023 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
6/02/2023 The Summit – Denver, CO
6/03/2023 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
6/05/2023 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/06/2023 The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/07/2023 The Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
6/09/2023 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/10/2023 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
“… it speaks to the depth and musical appetite that has been growing in the band’s ranks for over a decade. Terrasite is the next important step for a consistently excellent band…” – Decibel Magazine
“…another absolutely stellar release from these guys with lyrics and themes that represent the apex of today’s extreme music.” – Metal Injection
“The collective musicians in CATTLE DECAPITATION show their chemistry in full power on Terrasite. The cadence and enunciation by vocalist Travis Ryan along with the varied rhythms from drummer David McGraw are especially fascinating to me as a longtime drummer that also tries to sing occasionally… Anyone who still tries to diminish or discount death metal as a genre with defined musical parameters can quickly have that mindset destroyed with only a few minutes of listening to this record.” – No Echo
“They’ve evolved from a grind band into something even more maniacal with this album; a true and brilliantly executed hybrid of heavy death metal, brutal grind and lyrical terror.” – Lambgoat
“…a phenomenal album that’s well worth the time of extreme metal fans who want to hear a band perpetually push itself.” – Blabbermouth
“…a brutal and uncompromising display of technical deathgrind. The band have been steadily pushing the boundaries of the genre for over 25 years, and this album is no exception.” – Invisible Oranges
“The band’s prior work gazed upon the futility of mankind’s ability to change its nature; Terrasite boldly suggests something else entirely: the horror of existence itself. Album Of The Year contender, without a doubt.” – The Razor’s Edge
“…another accomplished and uncompromising release, further pushing the band’s boundaries of extremity.” – New Noise Magazine
“Terrasite improves upon Death Atlas in a multitude of ways giving us aggressively emotional melodeathgrind forcing upon us their message of anti-consumption and anti-violence in the most violently cathartic of ways! The best record since The Anthropocene Extinction, maybe their best yet!” – Metal Wani
“Terrasite… confirms their status as unshakeable gods of the scene… a phenomenal death/grind album in its own right. Not one moment of tedium or insincerity, just fifty minutes of excitement and the highest quality musicianship.” – Metal Observer
“Terrasite seethes with unbridled fury and abject hostility. If you like your deathgrind/goregrind/grindcore to be one-dimensional, atonal noise where pigs die squealing in their caves for no longer than a minute at a time then you’re in the wrong place. However, if you want growth, exploration, and mutation then look no further. Terrasite is a fucking monster.” – Ghost Cult
“…delightfully chaotic, catchy, and shows a band stewing in their prime…Terrasite is an brutal exercise in knowing your enemy – it just so happens the enemy is yourself.” – Everything Is Noise
Travis Ryan – vocals
Josh Elmore – lead guitar
Belisario Dimuzio – rhythm guitar
Olivier Pinard – bass
David McGraw – drums
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