Reviewed: July 2012
Released: 2012, Metal Blade Records
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.
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