Cattle Decapitation + support – Concert
Cattle Decapitation return to Reykjavík once more to finish up the Europandemic tour 2020!
Cattle Decapitation have in recent years cemented themselves as one of the world’s leading acts in extreme metal, which was further set in stone with their monumental 2019 release: Death Atlas
Cattle Decapitation have never shied away from confronting the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race, and Death Atlas is their bleakest offering to date. The cover art says it all, a stooped, skeletal Grim Reaper carrying the burnt-out husk of our planet on his back. “The core concept of this record is humanity’s insignificance despite what we’ve convinced ourselves,” explains vocalist Travis Ryan. “That’s kind of why this album cover takes place in space, to remind you that ‘the universe always finds a way to purge’. In the grand scheme of things, our species is merely a fleeting thought.” Backing this up with a ferocious soundtrack, it’s one of the most shocking and unflinching records of 2019, demanding an emotional response, and forcing people to think about their own contributions to the devastation of the planet.
As intense a listening experience as it is – there is also a lot of melancholy in the melodies, which was intentional. “One of my favorite reactions from people has been when they cry at our concerts. It’s happened more than a few times, and it’s a very primal, very real emotion. If a metalhead is willing to cry in front of other metalheads, you have done something amazing and that is evoking a very genuine response from a person. It has nothing to do with being sad, emotional or depressed. It’s simply just a very real and true reaction to art that I appreciate very much. That was a big influence to me, personally, while writing this record.”
On this album the band went places they never have before without compromising themselves at any juncture. Death metal, grind core, black metal, sludge, doom, drone, all of these extreme styles are thrown into the melting pot alongside some more restrained elements, and Ryan’s vocals are broader and more fully realized than ever before. he took things to the literal extremes on this one, it’s not just ‘the bear and the snake’ that traditionally make up extreme metal vocals , but he also included everything from The highest screech to the lowest of melancholy singing.