Roundtable Album Review: Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

TheAnthropoceneExtinctionLabel: Metal Blade Records

Release Date: 7 August 2015

Songs: 12

Length: 46 minutes

Genre: Death Grind

Studio Albums: Homovore (2000), To Serve Man (2002), Humanure (2004), Karma Bloody Karma (2006), The Harvest Floor (2009), Monolith of Inhumanity (2012)

Location: San Diego, California, USA

WarpRider – If it were not for the variation in vocal styles, I would not be able to listen to this album for very long. There are parts where things get so deep it sounds like pre-vomit gagging into an empty 55-gallon barrel. “Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)” is probably the best example of when this happens. But even in that song it’s not the most predominant feature as the vocal style keeps changing. Musically, it’s a great and brutal album! It’s speedy, heavy, thrashy, deathly, and the best of all of the above… a 100% kick in the nuts… or whatever. If the music were accompanied vocally by something continuously too deep to understand it would make Cattle Decapitation hard to listen to. Needless to say, they do a great job on the vocal side, keeping things fresh and interesting, changing, evolving… ruthless. 4.5 out of 5

RiffRaff – Not since Anaal Nathrahk have I heard music so insanely brutal and intense yet listenable. The vocals going from death growls to black rasps to these weird cleans keep the ever-flowing energy of the songs interesting and prevent each track from getting lost in that bru00tal monotony many bands of this genre find themselves in. That’s not to say that the vocals prop up a lack of songwriting up; in fact, the songwriting is superb. A record this brutal has no right being as catchy as it is. Try not to get “Plagueborn” stuck in your head, try it! Close attention to their tempo allows Cattle Decapitation to assault the listener to just about the breaking point before taking it back a few BPMs to give a touch of respite. Then it’s back to the slaughterhouse.

This is brutal done right. Even if you have a passing interest in death metal this is a required album. Best listened to while eating burgers and chicken fries. 4.5 out of 5

Irmelinis – Cattle Decapitation’s mix of progressive brutal death metal and grindcore is hugely successful, and their previous album, “Monolith of Inhumanity” (2012), was a big favourite of mine; a large number of my fellow metalheads will agree that it was a stellar release. On “The Anthropocene Extinction” they continue with their brilliant songwriting, captivating lyrics and speedy tracks that will melt both your heart and your brain! This album is slightly more melodic but believe me, it’s no less brutal. The insanity of the guttural/clean-ish vocals is sounding stronger than ever before, the variety throughout is fantastic, and the furious blast beats add a forceful, relentless flavour to the impactful songs. I’m telling you, this album is absolutely irresistible, go buy it now! 4.75 out of 5

ChristopherMammal – I’m addicted to this album. It would be no exaggeration to say I’ve listened to it 4,502 times, and to the lead track, “Manufactured Extinct”, 9,748 times. It’s harsh, intense, gory and thoroughly melodious all at the same time. You could extract the deep-voiced dark vocals to define “hard metal.” The guitars and bass reduce the speakers to trembling cones of pulp. By my estimate, there are 14,683 drum beats on the album. What grabs me the most though, are the extraordinary clean vocals, delivered in a demented and irresistible style unlike any I’ve heard by any other band.

Listening to “The Anthropocene Extinction” is like being in the shallow water off Omaha Beach in “Saving Private Ryan”. The German M-42 machine gun could fire up to 1,200 rounds per minute. It became the base model for all modern machine guns and the Cattle Decapitation drum kit. If the blast beats don’t shred away all your flesh, then the vocals will rip your limbs off. The album is that powerful and that exhilarating. I would be failing abjectly if I didn’t give this one the maximum possible score. 5 out of 5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 4.7 out of 5

But wait, there’s more! To gain a deeper understanding of “The Anthropocene Extinction”, watch how the album came together. If you’re hoping to see a pack of demons grunting out curses of damnation, you’ll have to probe very deeply to find any trace of them inside these nice-looking, cheerful, articulate and intelligent fellows.

FOOTNOTE: There have been five periods of mass extinction since life began on Earth. Many climatologists believe we are entering a sixth period in which huge numbers of species will die out because of climate change. They have named this new period the Anthropocene. We will be the first humans to live and die in it.

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on August 14, 2015, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wohoo, Cattle Decap for the win! Always cool to find an album we all agree on!

  2. Maybe the album of the year! But Christopher, I know you’re aware that “Manufactured Extinct” is the lead single, NOT the title track. Excellent reviews none the less! lol

  3. ChristopherMammal

    Heavy Metal OG, I suppose you think you’re bloody funny, making fun of my dementia and other mental disorders. I’m not amused, but I am. Thanks for pointing that out to the dude/s who wrote that comment, he/they have corrected it. Scatter-brained old coot. Him, not you. Me. Us. That’s what metal does to a 90-year-old brain in a 110-year old body.

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