Review: Cattle Decapitation’s Terrasite Serves Up Familiar Environmental Fury
Cattle Decapitation are a band that has always been known for their brutal, heavy, new-school death metal sound, as well as their love for animals. Their new record, Terrasite, delivers more of the same, so don’t expect anything brand new, but it’s definitely a solid offering.
The album opens with the title track, which is a blistering attack on climate change. The song is full of harsh vocals and pounding drums, and the lyrics are a call to action for people to wake up and do something about the damage that we are doing to our planet, a very important theme, even if it is heavily revisited. Still, in this day and age, it’s a very fitting theme.
The rest of the album follows a similar pattern, with each song tackling a different environmental or social issue. There are songs about animal agriculture, deforestation, and the exploitation of workers. The lyrics are often graphic and disturbing, but they’re also incredibly powerful and thought-provoking, as they should be on a vegetarian death metal record.
Musically, Terrasite is a tour de force. The band’s musicianship is top-notch, and they manage to blend death metal, grindcore, and even some melodic elements into a cohesive and exciting sound. Although this record follows a pretty typical death metal format, it does so well.
Also, Terrasite is more than just a collection of heavy songs. The band also shows a knack for melody and atmosphere. Tracks like “Solastalgia” and “Just Another Body” feature catchy choruses and soaring melodies that will stick in your head long after the album is over.
Terrasite is a powerful and important album. It is a must-listen for fans of extreme metal, and it is also a great album for anyone who cares about the future of our planet.
Cattle Decapitation’s Terrasite comes out on May 12, though you can preorder your copy today via Metal Blade Records.
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Dark Funeral, 200 Stab Wounds, Blackbraid:
5/11/2023 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
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