Metal band Cattle Decapitation have debuted a new short film entitled “The Unerasable Past,” which features artwork from Wes Benscoter, who is renowned for his cover art for many metal albums. This latest film combines two of the band’s songs “The Unerasable Past” and “Death Atlas,” which will be featured on the band’s upcoming album Death Atlas.
This latest short film opens up in a grass field, as the camera slowly descends showing a dead bird, pieces of plastic litter, and some bullet shells, before cutting to a title card featuring the band’s name. The next shot then cuts to post-apocalypytic images, showing a city on fire, and multiple stone corpses lying across the decayed buildings.
“The Unerasable Past,” begins with a soft ambient-like instrumental with a light piano chord, complimented by the singer’s somber vocal delivery. The next track, “Death Atlas,” goes full force into its metal instrumental, with heavy and quick drum and bass breakdowns, intense guitar chords and screaming vocals.
“I’ve never had any real interest in doing a music video until we started planning the photos for the album layout and I thought man, this could be a great opportunity to make the kind of film I like,” Benscoter explained regarding the video. “Grim, atmospheric, and topical. Created with a mix of old-school practical effects, some digital tricks and an insane amount of sand and fog. I used every trick in the book to try to do justice to Cattle’s apocalyptic nightmare soundtrack.”
The band recently wrapped up their Summer of Slaughter tour dates earlier this year with Nekrogoblikon and Rivers of Nihil. They are currently on their Geocidal Tendencies tour with Full of Hell and Author & Punisher.