Cattle Decapitation + Osiah + Party Cannon
@ The Cathouse, Glasgow
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Review By: Pete Mutant
Photography By: Graham Hilling
Another Wednesday night of metal in the city of Glasgow. Tonight we once again hosted Cattle Decapitation who have made several stops through Glasgow over the years and had a new album to promote. I had missed them on too many occasions so it was time to settle this and finally see them live.
It was a night where we were getting to the period of spoils and the gigs were stacking up. I was at Exhorder a few weeks prior and was very much up for ticking another box on my list. The cold always brings the best and I, along with many others in droves, was willing to tolerate this cold and stand out to get myself in the venue.
The opening and fairly local act Party Cannon [3.5/5] supported Cattle Decapitation three years ago when they played in Glasgow and they were the first band on tonight. They had already started whilst the queue to get in was building but you could hear them doing their thing.
And what is their thing? Why Party Slam of course.
By the time I got in, they were a few tracks deep and were just finishing up one track. Seems they were having issues with the kick drum and asked the crowd if they noticed. They went back to ‘Partied In Half’ for ‘High Five Ghost’ and the problems with the lack of blasts was unsettling. The same party vibe wasn’t there and Stony on vox did not look too into it. His vocal delivery was still top notch as were the rest of the band as they slammed away.
It is a belter of a track and had some nice flairs of musicianship from all members. Bassist Chris Ryan was even putting some slapstick in and both guitarists could switch it up from the more simple crunching chords to more furious flurries of notes. We just lacked some blasts.
The blasts did come back, then disappeared, then came back and I almost got used to the sound without them. When they did kick in though, it made everything come together and made the slams that bit more potent. Shame that the band were left in the lurch a bit as they are all very good at what they do. They closed their set with ‘We Prefer the Term Living Impaired’ and we got some more slams, some more blasts (occasionally) and a solid start to the night.
Next up were a band I was not aware of pre-gig in Osiah [3/5] so I had no idea of what to expect. There was a decent enough sized crowd there to greet them as they took to the stage and kicked off with some rapid brutal death.
The band looked pretty young but they’ve been kicking about for a while, seven years or so and they definitely had skills.
They had skills but the music wasn’t really going anywhere. It was pretty formulaic and didn’t stand out from a myriad of other bands out there. Vocalist Ricky Lee Roper was switching between sharp screeches to deep growls with quick fluidity as the band stomped on.
“The Harvesting” started rapidly as well and had a solid break but the impact wasn’t really there. Not much movement in the crowd either but it was still fairly early on the night.
We got a much slower, stomping track before things switched up and the band brought in a nice wee riff through the last track of the set. I wasn’t wowed at all but there were definitely some good moments throughout. They had no problems with triggered blasts like Party Cannon had but it just wasn’t very exciting at all.
It was main event time and the crowd had thickened down the front for our headliners tonight in Cattle Decapitation [4/5]. They had a new album coming out and we were going to get a taste of it from the start.
A great yell of appreciation rang from the crowd as they took the stage and kicked into the music. The pit was small at first but the sound was massive.
We then went to some slightly older stuff next with ‘A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat’ and the movement in the crowd really began. The riff was titanic as was the whole combination of the instruments. Travis Ryan’s trademark vocals cut through over the deluge of sound and many in the crowd were imitating the frontman’s high grinding vocals. Next we went forward to the ‘Anthropocene Extinction’ for ‘Prophets Of Loss’. The rapid brutality was administered at such a high dose and it looked like the pit was growing, sucking more and more fans into it as its gravitational might took hold.
Travis was reminding us all that their new album was out on Black Friday on 29th November but before they got into some new stuff, he wanted to give us some older stuff. ‘Not Suitable For Life’ wasn’t what I’d call an older song but it was still cracking. A nice drumroll from the machine that is David McGraw brought us in and then threw us into an ocean of absolute intensity. We did get to the new-new stuff with ‘Bring Back The Plague’, which went down very well, especially when the slams hit. Choppy and crunching, this changed the dynamic somewhat and got our more base response mechanisms firing.
Cattle Decapitated did keep us on our toes throughout their set as, although they kept dishing out their more recent stuff, it had loads of variety to it. Even a touch of sci-fi sounding eeriness was used as another new track, ‘Pacific Grim’, got a trial tonight. Things did grow to be a little more atmospheric and the crowd settled a little bit but the rapid gear was always around the corner, waiting to be unleashed once again.
The set was wrapping up and we got a two track encore from the band who thanked us for being amazing. It was a return to the crushing rapidity of the earlier set and the crowd gave it a final push after their little breather.
‘Kingdom Of Tyrants’ closed the set and the band walked off for real this time. The night was over and my Cattle Decap cherry was finally popped, stomped on, crushed and turned into a blitz of gelatinous goo. It was a nice introduction to their live show and another box ticked off my list. Until next time fellas.