The track, “Scourge of the Offspring,” is an excellent representation of Cattle Decapitation’s style, which blends elements of death metal, grindcore, and progressive metal to create a unique and intense sound. The song opens with a frenetic guitar riff, followed by thunderous drumming, and Ryan’s searing vocals, which are reminiscent of the genre’s best-known acts.
Ryan noted that “Scourge of the Offspring” is a significant piece of the Terrasite puzzle, as it contributes to the album’s overarching theme. He stated that the album explores the concept of humanity’s impact on the environment and the consequences that come with it. In particular, “Scourge of the Offspring” delves into the theme of overpopulation and how it’s affecting the planet.
The song’s lyrics vividly depict the destruction and chaos that overpopulation has wrought upon the earth. Ryan’s lyrics are unapologetically brutal and paint a bleak picture of the future if we don’t change our ways. Lines like “A race to the bottom, scavenging on our own offspring” and “Our love is a plague, a cancer on this earth” convey a sense of urgency and despair.
The music video for “Scourge of the Offspring” is equally impactful, showcasing scenes of environmental destruction and devastation. The video features a range of images, including factories belching out smoke, barren landscapes, and wildlife struggling to survive in a polluted world. The visuals complement the song’s message, driving home the importance of taking action to mitigate the damage we’ve already done to the planet.
Cattle Decapitation’s latest single, “Scourge of the Offspring,” is a testament to the band’s commitment to tackling important issues through their music. The song’s unflinching portrayal of the damage caused by overpopulation, coupled with its intense and powerful sound, makes for a compelling listen. The album, Terrasite, promises to be an ambitious and thought-provoking work, and “Scourge of the Offspring” is a promising glimpse into what fans can expect from the band’s latest offering.
The video, which you can see below, was created by David Brodsky and Allison Woest of MyGoodEye.
Terrasite will come out on May 12 via Metal Blade Records, though you can preorder your copy in any number of formats or variants today. You can also check ’em out live this May as they tour with Dark Funeral, 200 Stab Wounds, and Blackbraid. Dates can be found below the video.
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