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Cattle Decapitation is an American deathgrind band from San Diego, California, United States, formed in 1996.

Over the span of a decade, the band has forged its not-so-humble beginnings in gore-grind into one of extreme metal's most relentless forces, encompassing a sound as schizophrenic as their record collections but with a determined lyrical stance resolutely damning the ills of humanity.

After a couple early line-up shifts, “Human Jerky,” Cattle Decapitation's first full-length, was released in 1999 as LP-only by Nevada label Satan's Pimp. The album featured the bass-less trio of Travis Ryan on vocals, Gabe Serbian on guitar and Dave Astor on drums. Serbian and Astor split duties with the ubiquitous arty-grind act The Locust. “Human Jerky” as well as 2000's “Homovore” (released by San Diego's Three One G label) showcased Ryan's obsessively gore-oriented musings laced within his pro-vegetarian/anti-human posture. In keeping with the spirit of the genre as well
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CATTLE DECAPITATION Homovore album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Grindcore 2000
CATTLE DECAPITATION To Serve Man album cover 3.61 | 5 ratings
To Serve Man
Grindcore 2002
CATTLE DECAPITATION Humanure album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Death Metal 2004
CATTLE DECAPITATION Karma.Bloody.Karma album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Death Metal 2006
CATTLE DECAPITATION The Harvest Floor album cover 4.33 | 7 ratings
The Harvest Floor
Death Metal 2009
CATTLE DECAPITATION Monolith Of Inhumanity album cover 4.57 | 7 ratings
Monolith Of Inhumanity
Death Metal 2012
CATTLE DECAPITATION The Anthropocene Extinction album cover 4.15 | 6 ratings
The Anthropocene Extinction
Death Metal 2015
CATTLE DECAPITATION Death Atlas album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Death Atlas
Technical Death Metal 2019


CATTLE DECAPITATION Human Jerky album cover 2.93 | 3 ratings
Human Jerky
Grindcore 1999
CATTLE DECAPITATION Metal Blade Records: 20th Anniversary Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Blade Records: 20th Anniversary Party
Death Metal 2004
CATTLE DECAPITATION Cattle Decapitation / Caninus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cattle Decapitation / Caninus
Grindcore 2005


CATTLE DECAPITATION demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CATTLE DECAPITATION Ten Torments of the Damned album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ten Torments of the Damned
Grindcore 1997
CATTLE DECAPITATION Cannibalistic Invasivorism album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cannibalistic Invasivorism
Death Metal 2015

CATTLE DECAPITATION re-issues & compilations

CATTLE DECAPITATION Decade Of Decapitation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Decade Of Decapitation
Death Metal 2014
CATTLE DECAPITATION Medium Rarities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Medium Rarities
Death Metal 2018


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Grindcore 2000
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Your Disposal
Death Metal 2013


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The Flesh Is of No Use
Grindcore 2017



EP · 1999 · Grindcore
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"Human Jerky" is an EP release by US, San Diego, California based grindcore/death metal act Cattle Decapitation. The EP was released through Satan's Pimp/Three One G Records in 1999. The band released the "Ten Torments of the Damned" demo in 1997, but "Human Jerky" is their first label release, predating their 2000 debut full-length studio album "Homovore".

Stylistically the 18 tracks on the 18:49 minutes long EP are pretty raw and noisy grindcore with politically charged and gory animal rights/anti-human lyrics. The vocals are rather extreme though and often multible extreme vocal styles are utilized at the same time in a layered fashion, which makes the vocal department of the music even more unintelligible. The quality of the material is decent but it´s not the type of release where you´re able to remember much about the tracks after it has finished playing.

The sound production is raw and unpolished, but still clearly professional. The musicianship is solid too, and all in all "Human Jerky" is a decent first label release by Cattle Decapitation. Judging by this release I wouldn´t exactly have guessed future greatness, but it´s a relatively good quality release and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.


Album · 2002 · Grindcore
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Before drifting into pure death metal territory the San Diego based CATTLE DECAPITATION started out in the goregrind and noisecore arenas of extreme metal. After a couple of EPs, they released their debut TO SERVE MAN in 2002 which is somewhat of a bridge between the early years and those that followed as this one takes the goregrind and merges it with more deathgrind. As evidenced by the cover alone, this is meant to be nasty and gory through and through with the visual shock value turned up to 11 and such clever titles as “Testicular Manslaughter,” “Colonic Villus Biopsy Performed On The Gastro-Instestinally Incapable” and “Long-Pig Chef And The Hairless Goat” making me think of the perfect fusion between early Carcass in relentless grinding brutality mixed with the humor of band like Psychostick.

TO SERVE MAN is simply a near 35 minute brutality bash with the expected grindcore elements like relentless guitar riffing with a muffled bass and incessant drumming that has never heard of a break for even one second! While the music is still very much rooted in grind, Travis Ryan’s vocals are very much in the death metal camp hence the term deathgrind! The musicianship is top of the line with one tiring speed metal riff after another with breakdowns and pummeling rhythms and occasional outbursts of a solo. This is some brilliantly brutal metal for those who love a constant barrage of uncompromising brutality but for me the tracks seem to lack enough variety to make this an extremely exciting listen all the way through. The drums become a tad monotonous at times and the riffs begin to sound a bit recycled by the end of the album, however if you are in the mood to simply band your head until your eardrums pop out then this will do the trick. Seditious and refractory music to spread earaches far and wide!

CATTLE DECAPITATION The Anthropocene Extinction

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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"The Anthropocene Extinction" is the 7th full-length studio album by US, San Diego, California based death metal act Cattle Decapitation. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in August 2015. It´s the successor to "Monolith of Inhumanity" from 2012 and features the same lineup as that album did: Travis Ryan (vocals), Josh Elmore (guitars), David McGraw (drums), and Derek Engemann (bass).

The music on the album is a frenetic type of death metal featuring fast blasting parts, heavy mid-paced grooves, and many different types of vocals. The latter is a bit of a speciality for Cattle Decapitation, and lead vocalist Travis Ryan is quite inventive in that department. He performs low growls, high pitched aggressive snarls, dry lung core tinged vocals, and also sings some raspy clean vocals. The latter mentioned add some melody to the otherwise chaotic and very brutal soundscape, but they are not "angelic" cleans by any means. The technical level of playing is high and the music feautures many tempo changes and breaks, relatively adventurous structures, and an overall unconventional way of composing. The "clean" vocals for example only appear on occasion and are not necessarily used in a "growl in verses/sing clean vocals in the chorus" format. It´s actually quite deliberating although it´s not completely alien compared to conventional vers/chorus structured music. There´s just a slight twist to this, which makes it different enough to be a little more interesting.

The material on the 12 track, 46:09 minutes long album is of high quality. It´s not easily accessible music and it´s an album which requires more than one spin, before the tracks settle and become distinguishable from each other. Highlights include "Manufactured Extinct", "Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)", and the closing track "Pacific Grim", but there´s nothing sub par on the album and the quality is consistently high throughout. "Ave Exitium" is the only track which stylistically stands out as it´s a sombre atmospheric track solely featuring clean vocals.

"The Anthropocene Extinction" features a clear and powerful sounding production, which suits the music well and the musicianship is also on a very high level, so upon conclusion it´s an album with many great assets. They way Cattle Decapitation twist conventions without sacrificing classic extreme metal virtues and memorability is generally pretty exciting. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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Every genre has its visionaries

I'm pretty sure that "progressive deathgrind" is an unusual combination of terms, and for a good reason. The scene is dominated by imitators, splashing around in the same puddles of gore and brutality their idols did before them. And that's where Cattle Decapitation steps in, shining like a stallion among hordes of muddy cattle. The band got lots of praise for their 2012 release MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY and even though I love the album, it's THE HARVEST FLOOR that deserves to be called their opus magnum.

THE HARVEST FLOOR is the first proper concept album by Cattle Decapitation and you can hear it already on the first listen. Every track is like a jigsaw puzzle piece, making up a consistent sequence of technical deathgrind songs. And what a deathgrind it is! When you hear that a band is technical, you expect the music to be calculated and cold, impressive yet with the human element being of secondary importance at best. THE HARVEST FLOOR is a brilliant exception to the rule though. It combines proper aggression of deathgrind with purely artistic approach to composition. Twisted parts of technical death metal are interspersed with clever and emotionally charged riffs and build-ups. Vocal parts by Travis Ryan are just like the music - brutal yet clever, complex yet passionate, varied yet consistent and most of all, completely inhuman...

It's an evocative and brave masterpiece of technical death metal, hands down. Fans of Cryptopsy's NONE SO VILE and ONCE WAS NOT, Cephalic Carnage and Suffocation should love this. I haven't been mesmerized by a deathgrind album for a very long time but Cattle Decapitation have brought twisted riffs, frantic shrieks and blast beats back to my life. Thank you guys, thank you for the passion and conviction that what you believe in is right. Thank you for putting it all into this intriguing music. Listen to death metal - stay veggie!


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