Cattle Decapitation – A Photic Doom (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


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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.

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

Director, Cinematography, Editor, SFX, Post-Production FX:
David Brodsky for My Good Eye: Music Visuals

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

Jason Bozzi

Practical Effects:
Jim Stramel
Renee Stramel

Daniel Hagler

Manny Plaza-Fernandez

Production Assistants:
Severin Hunt

Studio Manager:
Juan Pantoja

Office Manager:
Margarita Sotomayor

Audio Produced by Dave Otero for Flatline Audio

A Photic Doom

This accretion where gas and dust consolidate
under gravity’s control began a wasteland alone
No sign of life, intelligence has no role
Compounds of four elements, the beginning molecules of a soul

Geyser of light peers through the darkness
No ocean, no atmosphere
Hadean eon rise
Abandon hope all ye who enter here

Here where all faith goes to die
Where we are damned by the light

Complex sequence of elements
Bond together life’s essence
Sugars, enzymes, proteins, deoxyribonucleic acid
From the kingdom to the order bricks and mortar of a doomed future

A spirit born in the darkness
a new species to arise
exothermic and heartless
with a penchant for earthly demise
Thriving in the light-less
No need for hope, a future with no
illumination and sightless
and grown without incandescence

Skin starts to burn in the light
Vampiric nightmare
The cracking of the sun through the night
irradiated, alight
The uphill battle of life

Destroying dark
Oppressive light, brilliance alive
Avoid the spark that ends this night, damning sun rise

Geyser of light peers through the darkness
No ocean, no atmosphere
Hadean eon rise
Abandon hope all ye who enter here…

Father Lucifer! Your light still casts a shadow
In that emptiness we hide behind its veil
Smashed across the rocks and bleeding in the shallows
In our quest for light we’ve aimed our paths to fail

Skin starts to burn in the light
Vampiric nightmare
The cracking of the sun through the night
Goddamn the light

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