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Album Review

Since their inception in the mid-'90s, Cattle Decapitation have been consistently written off as a side project of the Locust (lineup changes have squashed that connection) or a gore-obsessed novelty act (can't a band have a sense of humor, albeit a pitch-black one, without being stuck with this tag?). Humanure changes all that, though. On the surface it's not very different from To Serve Man or Homovore: gore-minded hardcore punks playing a brutal fusion of grindcore and metal. The difference here is in the playing and a higher level of songwriting in general. New to CD is drummer Michael Laughlin, who also plays in political metal conceptualists (really) Creation Is Crucifixion, and his impact on the band is immediate. Former tub-thumper David Astor was a great hardcore drummer, but Laughlin is clearly a metal drummer of higher technical ability, and that more than anything has allowed CD to blossom into something more than an also-ran. Laughlin is just part of the puzzle here, though, as is veteran producer Bill Metoyer, who — along with the band — went for a cleaner sound more typical of European metal bands. Standout tracks include "Lips & Assholes," "Bukkake Tsunami," and (surprisingly) the indulgent closing soundscape, "Men Before Swine" — a collage of pig squeals, rattling metal, and swirling hiss, it's not something that metal fans will like but ultimately it's indicative of just how comfortable CD are right now, because noise has been an interest for all of these guys all along in their other projects (e.g., Uum), and it's nice to see them owning up to it here.

Customer Reviews

HAHAHA

HAHAHA, I'm laughing at the guy who reviewed this cd, gave it one star, and said that the only reason there is still music like this is because it's an easy way to get rich. This isn't exactly the mainstream my friend. But hey, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and believe that you were trying to leave that review on a Fall Out Boy cd. Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of this band, but this cd sounds pretty good to me.

badasss

this cd is badass cattle decapitation is one of the best bands out there

good cd

One reviewers who rated this badly loves rap rock garbage, like linkin park or pod. So it may not be your typical over produced garbage you hear now on mtv. But it is metal at its finest. The person who said this is talentless music should really stop talking. This cd is good and it has a cannibal corpse vibe to it. The vocals are very eccentric and sweet. The bands musicianship is great. if you like death metal you would love this band. The best part is they even hate scene dance tools at their shows.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Over the course of their existence, the San Diego-based Cattle Decapitation have transformed from a stripped-down gore-grind side project of the arty hardcore/grindcore band the Locust to a full-fledged death metal band of their own, undergoing a confusing maze of lineup changes in the process. The association with the Locust formed much of the original basis for CD's popularity in hardcore circles, which was unusual for a band that growled out the type of disturbing, gore-oriented lyrics usually...
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