Take Offense: Cali Crossover Thrash Kings Announce TO.tality Album, Drop First Single

Photo: Becky DiGiglio

It's been a minute since we heard any new music from the Take Offense camp. The Chula Vista, California-based crossover thrash powerhouse's last record, an EP titled Cause and Effect, appeared in the spring of 2020. When I saw that the group's co-founder Greg Cerwonka was touring with Turnstile as a fill-in guitarist, I thought it might be the end of Take Offense.

Gladly, I was wrong on that assumption.

Take Offense have signed on with MNRK Heavy (Darkest Hour, Creeping Death) and just announced the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album, T.O.tality. Co-produced by the band and Nick Jett (Terror, Berthold City), the 14-track collection was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) and is being teased via its first single, "Greetings from Below."

The music video for "Greetings from Below" touches on beliefs of the Mexica underworld and was directed by Nick Hippa, who you might know from his guitar work in such bands as Wovenwar and As I Lay Dying:

Take Offense vocalist Anthony Herrera also offered the following about the song's lyrics:

“It’s believed these are places we go to when we die, but also when we go to sleep, in our dreams and nightmares. Our underworlds also correlate to our waking state as well and we usually experience them in the form of troubles or obstacles we face in our everyday life.”

Take Offense will be playing with Voivod and Prong on March 10th at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (tickets), and March 12th at Brick By Brick in San Diego (tickets).

T.O.tality will be out on May 10th via MNRK Heavy (pre-save).


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