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Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity
July 2012
Released: 2012, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Infamousbutcher

San Diego’s Cattle Decapitation has been playing their brand of deathgrind since 1996, supporting animal rights and denouncing animal mistreatment and consumption in the process. Some of the band members are vegetarian, similar to Carcass back in the late 80s / early 90s. “Monolith of Inhumanity” is their 5th full length album on Metal Blade Records. Since I am an old school deathmetaller, this is my first exposure to Cattle Decapitation and it just didn’t smash my head like I was hoping it would.



The album cover is a cool Wes Benscoter interpretation of a scene from 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY with apes / ape men surrounding a monolith, crawling around in garbage like savages. Then I put the album on and any promise from the killer cover vanished. “Monolith of Inhumanity” features lots of blast beats, run of the mill grindcore guitars, some decent solos, and ordinary guttural vocals that sound like a half assed George Fisher. The “original” parts are clean, melodic vocals in the choruses, featured in songs like “Dead Set On Suicide” and “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat.” They came of cheesy to me and detracted from the brutality, which is what I thought was whole the point of this type of music. For recent excellent deathgrind, check out Exhumed’s ALL GUTS NO GLORY.



Cattle Decapitation seems to have a big following for a deathgrind band but I just don’t get it. I’ll stick to the Carcass and the Exhumed.
Track Listing

1. The Carbon Stampede
2. Dead Set on Suicide
3. A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
4. Gristle Licker
5. Forced Gender Reassignment
6. Projectile Ovulation
7. Lifestalker
8. Do Not Resuscitate
9. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom of Tyrants

Lineup

Travis Ryan - vocals
Josh Elmore - guitar
Dave McGraw - drums
Derek Engemann - bass


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Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity
August 2012
Released: 2012, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

This album could’ve just as easily have been titled BRUTAL F@#KING PERFECTION, because that’s about the best way to sum up Cattle Decapitation’s latest full length, MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY. For those unfamiliar with the San Diego outfit’s brand of gore grind or who may only be familiar with their reputation, Cattle Decapitation originated as a sloppy sounding Carcass clone that spouted an animal supremacy/liberation message. Over the course of the band’s discography, the band has become a technically proficient and much more devastating death metal machine, ultimately culminating with the album that we’re discussing right now. A guttural masterpiece with a social conscience, MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY is the soundtrack of human extinction.



MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY retains all of the visceral extremity of previous releases, but executes against those extremes with a frighteningly intense level of musical complexity. It’s a qualitative level of success that rivals more prominent bands in the genre, and quite frankly, it makes for a flawless record. Integrating familiar discourses like blast beats and speed picking with bizarro time signatures, dynamic riff shifts, and a schizophrenic vocal performance, the album flirts with a variety of musical themes while never abandoning the gut level ferocity associated with the Cattle Decapitation name. As good as the album is musically, it’s really the vocal and lyrical performance of Travis Ryan that propels MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY from good to great. The guy has a gift, that’s the only way I can put it; twitching between the most low end gurgles you’ve ever heard to screaming wails to a psychotically clean and intelligible scowl, Ryan’s voice is truly an instrument.



Speaking of instruments, the rest of the band ain’t slouches either. Longtime guitarist Josh Elmore’s six string assault is lethal, as is drummer David McGraw’s work behind the kit. You like blast beats? Good, ‘cause there’s plenty of lovelies here. Bassist Derek Engemann doesn’t get a whole lot of spotlight time, but his bass rumbles resonate against Elmore’s crunch, particularly during more punctuated pauses across the disc. But as good as the music is, the lyrics are not to be missed. Seriously, either buy the physical CD or a digital version that comes with an e-booklet, because it’s Ryan’s commentary that makes MONOLITH that much more vicious. While still vehemently antagonistic, Ryan details his contempt for humanity beyond animal rights issues, tackling religious hypocrisy, environmental time bombs, and the general deterioration of human quality of life. From “Dead Set on Suicide”: “Sighting the blind/sheltering the poor/Blood into wine/but all is fair in blood and gore…” It’s downright poetic, eh?



There’s not a bum track to be found on the disc, but standout cuts are definitely the opening “Carbon Stampede,” the aforementioned “Dead Set on Suicide,” “A Living Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat” and the epic closer “The Monolith/Kingdom of Tyrants.” The band released a video for the track, which visually compliments the tune in a stunningly powerful manner. I can’t stress enough how surprised I am to be this impressed by a Cattle Decapitation record, and I can’t stress enough what a f@#king amazing listen it is. Definitely on my top 5 for the year, MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY is not to be missed.
Track Listing

1. The Carbon Stampede
2. Dead Set on Suicide
3. A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
4. Forced Gender Reassignment
5. Gristle Licker
6. Projectile Ovulation
7. Lifestalker
8. Do Not Resuscitate
9. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom of Tyrants

Lineup

Travis Ryan - Vocals
Derek Engemann - Bass
David McGraw - Drums
Josh Elmore - Guitars


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