A name that has influenced the international music industry for over 19 years and has released seven albums (and one announced later this year), Cattle Decapitation is one of the most effervescent, virulent and tireless forces of the extreme music genres.
The secret of the band? The refusal to compromise and, as Travis Ryan, the vocalist of the band, says, “the feeling that as we get older we have less and less to lose, a liberating feeling, in fact, that helps us to experience it to the extreme, following the desire to compose something new and full of explosive energy ”.
The story of the deathgrind / death metal band, which has made a reputation for its nonconformist and controversial appeara10nces on the international metal scene, begins in 1996 in San Diego, California (USA). As the name suggests, many of the songs of Cattle Decapitation address some of the most important topics of contemporary society, protesting against the abuse of humanity on the environment and referring to topics such as misanthropy, genocide of the human race or animal abuse, illustrating human beings in situations where animals are condemned by some people (experiments or liquidation).
The controversies that accompanied the band throughout the career were born not only from the topics covered, the vehemence of the lyrics or compositions but also due to the artwork chosen by the group for albums. “To Serve Man”, for example, launched in 2002, struck Germany, where the local distribution company refused to promote the new record because of the graphics chosen for the album cover. The situation was repeated with the record published only two years later, when “Humanure” was censored or was not distributed in some countries due to the graphic on the cover, thus making it difficult for fans to access the new songs.
In addition to the discussions in these situations, the band’s songs and the way they were chosen to promote the albums attracted the attention and understanding of the messages Cattle Decapitation by the journalists in profile, one of them (Garry Sharpe-Young), stressing, moreover, that “this the band is one of those few metal bands whose messages hit as loud as the music I compose. ” And these impact messages did not stop appearing, in 2012 being launched “Monolith of Inhumanity”, an album received with enthusiasm by fans and specialized critics. The material was supplemented by tours alongside well-known international stage names such as Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal or Crisis.
2015 brought “The Anthropocene Extinction”, under Metal Blade Records, which continued the series of positive reviews generated by the band throughout the career, being defined as another sample that confirms the position of the band’s records as the most violent musical expressions of the spectrum. Extreme metal, pieces that force the known sonic limits of virulence, but manage to maintain their musicality without straining their intensity.
On a lyrical level, if “Monolith of Inhumanity” describes the fate of the human species as hard and explicit as it insisted on exploiting and destroying the planet on which it lived, the album “The Anthropocene Extinction” continues and develops this harsh story, placing the place of action in the era following the ecological disaster, looking at the consequences that continue to affect the Earth, the entire ecosystem, like a domino that collapses even after the disappearance of the human race. Thus, “The Anthropocene Extinction” is placed after the moment of destruction that humanity has brought upon it, the album is defined by Travis Ryan as “the most depressing album he has ever recorded.” In addition to commercial success, this material is also the first of the Cattle Decapitation to reach the 100th place on the Billboard 200.
And the end of 2019 is preparing a new surprise for the fans of the extreme genre, offered by the long-awaited release of the newest material of the group, entitled “Death Atlas” and prepared under the careful coordination of the producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage). It defines, in fact, the new material as one in which every detail has been carefully worked and in which every second, from the beginning to the end, is the result of a long work.