First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced
Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch
(from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has
begun to have a significant impact on the environment.
In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered
by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later,CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil
to the world the band's magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.
Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic
DECAPITATION returned to
Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration
that helped bring that record to life.
"Dave is a bonafide producer," elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. "He's got a lot of great ideas and this time we
heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so
well. We've always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in,
but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather
than just sticking with what we were saying.
"Sometimes we shot down his ideas
and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes
the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship
is the best way to get anything out of anybody."
CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to
help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends
his throat to "The Prophets
Of Loss" while recent signee
to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band,
AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the
track "Plagueborne." Additionally, Germany's dark metal
misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word
piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track "Pacific Grim." Your body simply is not ready.
The record also sees the band extending their
collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who's handled the artwork for
every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002's To Serve Man. "When
we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band," says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated
striking imagery that conveyed the record's themes in unflinching style, the
cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn
abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.
Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt
with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued
their present course, with The
Anthropocene Extinction we
have been transported forward to man's last gasps, reminiscent of what is
currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll.
The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast
amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large
numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to
the ecosystems of the earth's oceans - the most unknown and unexplored part of
our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just
part of the problem - there are five gyres on planet earth and they're all
filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean's
ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth's ecosystems has begun long ago due to
human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate
for our species: The
The first taste of The Anthropocene Extinction comes in the form of opening track, "Manufactured Extinct," now available for public consumption at metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.
Anthropocene Extinction Track
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim
The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal
Blade Records. For preorder bundles visit metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.