The Anthropocene Extinction

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The Anthropocene Extinction
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction.jpg
Studio album by Cattle Decapitation
ReleasedAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
RecordedJanuary–February, 2015
StudioFlatline Audio, Westminster, CO, USA
GenreDeathgrind, technical death metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerDave Otero
Cattle Decapitation chronology
Monolith of Inhumanity
The Anthropocene Extinction

The Anthropocene Extinction is the seventh studio album by American deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation. It was released on August 7, 2015, on Metal Blade Records.[1] It became Cattle Decapitation's first album to chart on the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 100. It is their last record to feature bassist Derek Engemann.

Lyrical concept[edit]

The last record, Monolith of Inhumanity, dealt with the future of Earth, if mankind keeps its current style of life. The Anthropocene Extinction deals with the results of mankind's influence on the environment, such as the Great Pacific garbage patch.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About.com4.5/5 stars[3]
Metal Hammer4.5/5 stars[5]
MetalSucks4.5/5 stars[6]
Ultimate Guitar8.7/10[8]

The album received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic (a review aggregator site which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from music critics), based on 4 critics, the album has received a score of 86/100, which indicates "universal acclaim". Reviews particularly praised Travis Ryan's vocal performance, with Exclaim! writing that "Littered throughout the wasteland of gurgling growls and shrill shrieks that fill The Anthropocene Extinction are the snarls that the vocalist experimented with on 2012's Monolith of Inhumanity, a sort of pseudo-singing that just might be more unsettling than his more traditional death metal scream, and which showcases his impressive range." praised the variety and songwriting on the album, praising the band's attention to detail: "Cattle Decapitation write albums, a quality that allows each song to fit within the entire grand vision. An interlude like 'The Burden of Seven Billion' may seem like filler, but its placement allows a reprise from a first half of life-draining potency. A similar claim follows the gloomy 'Ave Exitium', which follows in the vein of 'The Harvest Floor' and 'The Monolith' as a haunting intro to a momentous closer in 'Pacific Grim'."

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Travis Ryan; all music composed by Cattle Decapitation.

1."Manufactured Extinct"4:40
2."The Prophets of Loss"4:07
4."Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)"4:34
5."Circo Inhumanitas"4:03
6."The Burden of Seven Billion"1:23
7."Mammals in Babylon"4:09
8."Mutual Assured Destruction"2:42
9."Not Suitable for Life"3:16
10."Apex Blasphemy"3:45
11."Ave Exitium"3:06
12."Pacific Grim"5:25
Total length:46:14
Japanese edition bonus track
13."No Light and No Life"3:24
Total length:49:34
Limited edition bonus tracks[9]
13."Cannibalistic Invasivorism"4:00
14."No Light and No Life"3:24
Total length:53:32


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[10]

Cattle Decapitation[edit]

  • Travis Ryan – vocals, keyboards, drums on "Ave Exitium"
  • Josh Elmore – guitars
  • Dave McGraw – drums
  • Derek Engemann – bass, additional gang vocals on "The Prophets of Loss", keyboards and drums on "The Burden of Seven Billion"

Guest musicians[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


Artwork and design[edit]

  • Wes Benscoter – album artwork, photo editing
  • Brian Ames – album layout
  • Sam Lanthrem – photography
  • Denise Ryan – photography
  • Zach Cordner – photography
  • Travis Ryan – art direction, concept



Chart (2015) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 88
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[12] 43
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[13] 22
US Billboard 200[14] 100
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 5
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 14
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 11


  1. ^ a b Staff writer(s); no by-line. (May 20, 2015). "CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release 'The Anthropocene Extinction' This August Via Metal Blade Records" (Press release). Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  2. ^ The Anthropocene Extinction at Metacritic
  3. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction Review". Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Zorgdrager, Bradley (August 5, 2015). "Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction". Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  5. ^ Dare, Tom (July 21, 2015). "Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction". Metal Hammer. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Rothmund, David Lee (August 7, 2015). "Album Review: The Extinction of Cattle Decapitation". MetalSucks. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  7. ^ K., Elijah (August 12, 2015). "Review: Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Quigley, Joseph (August 7, 2015). "The Anthropocene Extinction Review". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction CD & DVD, Digibook, Limited Edition". (in German). E.M.P. Merchandising. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  10. ^ The Anthropocene Extinction (liner notes). Cattle Decapitation. Metal Blade Records. 2015.
  11. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Cattle Decapitation, The Anthropocene Extinction, Album".
  12. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  17. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.

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