Cattle Decapitation have had a pretty good stint with metal Blade up until this point. So far, they’ve released 5 full-length records since they were signed back in 2002, and they’ve become a huge face in the more political spectrum of metal. Along with bands like Napalm Death and Thou, Cattle Decapitation represent a growing faction of loud rock bands that allow their politics to be expressed throughout their work, and even take the form of protest songs. In Cattle Decapitation’s case, they’re more focused on an environmentalist perspective, writing a lot of lyrics based on the mistreatment of the Earth, and the animals that inhabit it. Their newest album, The Anthropocene Extinction, definitely continues this trend.
Just looking at the cover art and title of their upcoming album, you can get a pretty good idea of what Cattle Decapitation is all about:
The Anthropocene epoch is a hypothetical era in history, which began the moment that humans started to have a significant impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. These clear, pro-environmental themes become even clearer when Travis Ryan breaks down the meaning behind his songs on the new album, which you can read all about via Loudwire
After the band spent months of teasing the new album, they’re finally gearing up for an August 7th release date! Of course, with the current state of the industry, that also means that they’ve released the entire album for streaming a week early! You can listen to the new album in its entirety below:
From a first listen, the album is absolutely phenomenal. Considering what a low key release this has been so far, it definitely deserves a bit more hype behind it…