San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have parted ways with bassist Troy Oftedal due to "musical and personal differences." The band states, "There is no bad blood and we wish him the best of luck. Filling in on upcoming tours will be our friend Rahsaan Davis. You may have seen him on our recent tour as Troy left tour early due to a physical ailment."
CATTLE DECAPITATION will support SOULFLY on a U.S. tour in September/October. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are PRONG and MUTINY WITHIN.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows (with more to follow):
Sep. 30 - Hollywood, CA - Key Club
Oct. 02 - San Diego, CA - Cane's Bar & Grill
Oct. 03 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Oct. 04 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Oct. 07 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Theatre
Oct. 09 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece
Oct. 10 - Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
Oct. 14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Oct. 16 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 17 - Dayton, OH - McDuffy's House Of Rock
Oct. 19 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 20 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
CATTLE DECAPITATION recently shot a video for the song "A Body Farm". The clip was directed by the band's friend, DOWNSPELL vocalist Tyson Metruccio (who previously helmed BRUTAL TRUTH's "Sugardaddy" clip), and was shot right before CATTLE DECAPITATION's last two-and-a-half-month tour.
Metal Blade Records released a limited-edition, picture-disc vinyl version of the new CATTLE DECAPITATION album, "The Harvest Floor", on April 14.
"The Harvest Floor" sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The drum tracks for "The Harvest Floor" were laid down with Zach Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) before the rest of the instruments were recorded and the entire thing was mixed with producer Billy Anderson (MR. BUNGLE, MELVINS, SWANS) at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California. The CD features guest vocal appearances by Ross Sewage (IMPALED, LUDICRA) and Dino Sommese (DYSTOPIA, ASUNDER). There is also a special appearance by Jarboe (SWANS), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor". Jackie Perez Gratz (GRAYCEON, AMBER ASYLUM) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album, further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today's extreme acts.