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Album Review

California death-grinders Cattle Decapitation will never be accused of subtlety, but there are moments on the typically grotesque Monolith of Inhumanity, their seventh long-player, that are unabashedly melodic. The band's penchant for setting off relentless explosions of BPM shrapnel, while vocalist Travis Ryan swallows the microphone and uses his rib cage for a reverb tank, remains steadfast, but the occasional clean vocal in the mix, as heard on the exhilarating "Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat," adds a new vintage black metal patina to the group's signature Carcass/Pig Destroyer-informed attack. Elsewhere, the brooding "The Monolith" engages with its slow-burn Fields of the Nephilim-esque build and bleak spoken word outro, "Projectile Ovulation" (the second best title after the aforementioned "Defecating Meat") is a grindcore drum classic, and epic closer "Kingdom of Tyrants," with its sludgy, anthemic midsection, offers up a montage of all of the band's filthy strengths, before slithering back into the pestilence from which it came.

Customer Reviews

Monolith of tech-brutality

New record by my favourite band, and it's most epic, brutal and skillful from their albums ever.
'Blackened' lines, awesome guest vocal from Carnage, and a lot of cool riffs and shred will please any hard music lover.
However, I don't like cover art. It looks secondary. And, if sending to the pink floyd was nice and funny on "Humanre" cover, this one looks irrelevant, and hardly remind me "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" one. But cover isn't important, when music is so great.

An Evolution

Seems that their sound has evolved. There's still a sense of the Cattle
chaos we grew to love on Karma and Harvest, but now the chaos seems more organized. Slightly more accessible than Karma and Harvest Floor, but still heavy and off kilter as hell. Definitely buy this one if you're into extreme metal and need a heavy, catchy, memorable album that's been sprinkled with elements of death, black, grind, slam, and even a touch of thrash. Get it.

Holy Cow!

Just started listening to these guys a few months back and I must say, this album has blown my socks clean off. Every single song has something special about it that makes you want to just keep listening to it on repeat. Won't be surprised if I see this record on a lot of Metal Top 10 lists at the end of this year.


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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