Although still firmly rooted in traditional deathgrind putrdity, Cattle Decapitation have seen themselves as unlikely candidates for clawing their way out of the underground in recent years. Flying the flag for the scenes increasingly potent underbelly yet still offering up a somewhat startling array of ideas and versatility, the Californian quintet proffer a hellish din which by far outstrips their peers both in dynamic enterprise and monstrous, blood caked brutality.
‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ is without doubt a thoroughly unpleasant clutch of tunes, a landslide of swivel-eyed blasting, guttural grotersquery and perverted rhythmic complexities around every corner. Indeed, it is this melting pot of extremity, a fearless desire to span all corners of the gore flecked tapestry, which sees Cattle Decapitation as perhaps the most sonically engrossing band of their generation, yet underpinning the thematic horror and mutant savagery is a wealth of genuinely infectious hooks (‘Circo Inhumanitas’) which somehow infuses the record with a stench of both the fiendishly unsettlingly and delightfully listenable.
Couple this with the vocal histrionics of Travis Ryan, a constantly malodorous foreground menace with his sewer gargling/ear piercing expertise, and ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ is a captivatingly unique prospect. As downright unhinged and destructive as contemporary heavy music can be, this is a cataclysmic slab of stomach-churning malice which never shys away from spreading its noxious wings. Cattle Decapitation have fired a warning shot to all competing death metallers old, new, and the world over. This is what you are competing with.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)