Cattle Decapitation - Scourge of the Offspring (Official Video)

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Second single from the upcoming album, 'Terrasite' - out May 12th.

Travis Ryan: All Vocals
Josh Elmore: Lead Guitar
Belisario Dimuzio: Rhythm Guitar
Olivier Pinard: Bass
David McGraw: Drums

Director, Cinematography, Editor, “AI Artist”, Post-Production FX:
David Brodsky for My Good Eye: Music Visuals

Producer, Cinematography:
Allison Woest for My Good Eye: Music Visuals

Jason Bozzi

Add’l Camera:
Jim Stramel

Gaffer, “AI Artist”:
Daniel Hagler

Manny Plaza-Fernandez

Production Assistants:
Severin Hunt
Renee Stramel

Studio Manager:
Juan Pantoja

Office Manager:
Margarita Sotomayor

Audio Produced by Dave Otero for Flatline Audio

AI Art generated in Midjourney v4 and v5 by
David Brodsky and Daniel Hagler
Lyrics used as prompts.

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, they return with Terrasite, which is as bold a statement as they have ever made.

“After a record like Death Atlas, you have to make a turn,” notes guitarist Josh Elmore. “Everything about that album - the concept, artwork, music, etc, was a final statement. The only way to move forward is rebirth. In approaching the newest record, it was not only necessary to keep the musical trajectory the band has been aiming towards since the beginning, but also to further explore the ambient/textural elements that were part of Death Atlas.”

As such, Terrasite pushes their sound further into more epic and varied territory, and in the hands of vocalist Travis Ryan the governing concept takes a new and disturbing direction. “I wanted to do the 180° opposite of Death Atlas. I already had the concept idea from years back and since Death Atlas was so dark and brooding, I wanted a completely opposite effect - I wanted this to take place in the daylight. I’ve always found daytime horror to be really unsettling so I wanted to make sure what was going on on the cover took place in the light of day, which also finds its place within the lyrics.”

The title is a word invented by Ryan that brings together “Terra-“ meaning “earth” and “-site” derived from the Greek word “-sitos” which means “food.” “The combination of the two means ‘earth-eater.’ It’s a metaphor for humanity’s role in the destruction of the planet and is a play-on-words of the very fitting word ‘parasite.’”

This is vividly brought to life in the artwork by longtime collaborator Wes Benscoter (Vader, Kreator, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy). “We see the nymph stage of this human/cockroach hybrid that is more of a fully grown being that has just molted from its ootheca stage, startled, confused, frightened but also pissed off.

The band once again worked with producer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Allegaeon), who knows the members’ individual styles and how to coax the best out of them, bringing in Tony Parker of Midnight Odyssey to handle piano and synths.

Hell hath wrought upon this earth
From the desires of the patriarch
To carry thine name unto the dawn
A hapless spawn to go on and on and on

A swift and deadly virus has once again emerged
Blessed upon humankind to control the surge

We are the scourge

One more host to transmit death
One more ghost shaped from my breath
Human beings they never learn
Even as their houses burn

We are infections
We are pathogens
We are assassins
The gluttonous factions

Curve never flattens
when the population fattens

What a wondrous life this would have been
But I’m outnumbered
Like the stars at night
There’s so many of us
that need to die
Like a swarm of flies
There’s too many of us

We came to destroy
We’re alive to cause abject suffering
The troops are deployed
ultimately, unanimously outnumbering

Live to feast upon everything
feed to dilapidate our surroundings
enveloped by kindred societies
Evil, corrupt heterogeneities

From the pupa to a nymph
molting each stage of our lives til cold and stiff
Now thriving terrasites, dramatic shift
Now as a parasite humanity persists

What a wondrous life this would have been
But I’m outnumbered
Like the stars at night
There’s so many of us
That need to die
Like a swarm of flies
There’s too many of us
We need to die
Can this vengeance please be mine?

A virus emerged
To control the surge
A virus emerged
We become the scourge

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