Just a few days ahead of the release of their eighth studio album, ‘Death Atlas’, extreme metal quintet Cattle Decapitation have debuted a short film called ‘The Unerasable Past’.
Shot during the past summer and autumn, the film helps to portray metal art designer Wes Benscoter‘s (who has also worked with Slayer, Kreator, Dio, Nile, etc.) vision in 4K, and is the culmination of a fruitful 18-year-long relationship between himself and the band.
The short film also features the songs ‘The Unerasable Past’ and ‘Death Atlas’ from the upcoming album, and this is what vocalist and art director Travis Ryan had to say about it.
“When Wes told me he would be down to do a music video for us, my jaw dropped. Having a music video that is completely married to the album artwork and color palette was something I had always wanted to do but never thought it could be a reality. As you can see from our lyrics, there’s not a lot of hope floating around, so when he offered up his creative hands for a music video, we snapped to it, and along the way, it became a much more formidable force by taking the form of a short film. This worked perfectly, considering the last 12 minutes of the album not only make up two tracks that become one long emotional journey with enough monolithic peaks and valleys to rival the Andes of Argentina to the Rockies of Colorado, but the tracks themselves scream for such a treatment. The scope of the video matches the scope of the album ‘Death Atlas’, which is meant to be listened to from beginning to the end in its entirety as is the video. Wes Benscoter has proven that he is a master of art, incorporating various mediums into one disastrously beautiful extinction-level art film.”
You can watch the full nearly 11-minute long short film below.
The band’s eighth full-length album, ‘Death Atlas’, will be released on November 29th 2019 through Metal Blade Records.