CATTLE DECAPTATION are the definitive CARCASS clone. Gory as hell, yet there is a vegan/anti-humanitarian message underline all the blood and guts. CATTLE DECAPITATION are a lot more open about their Veganism than CARCASS were though, clearly portraying humanity as the bad guy on this Earth and when the lyrics are spewed forth with as much conviction as on "Karma.Bloody.Karma.", its very hard to disagree.
With the new release, CATTLE DECAPITATION are moving into Death Metal areas more than ever. The Goregrind/Grindcore past is still here in abundance, but the guitar work and drumming are much more DM than I've come to expect from a CATTLE DECAPITATION CD. Itís no bad thing by the way. Some of the leads on this album blew me away, "Total Gore?" being the prime example of this, its old school Bill Steer and I love it. The problem that I found with older CATTLE albums was that the songs, however good, didn't seem as good after repeat listens. No such problems here. I can listen to the album again and again and still find something new to keep me interested. This could be because of a greater sense of melody than before. Much like DEICIDE's new record, CATTLE DECAPITATION have used guitar melodies to great effect and it doesn't make the music any less brutal than previous releases.
The lyrics are what you come to expect from this band. Bloody and Gory, yet there is a sense of (black) humour which underlines their message that humans will get their comeuppance for the mistreating of animals and nature. The 7 minute epic "Alone At The Landfill" tells the story of an Earth that has driven to extinction by human waste and it leaves you thinking, "Shit! I should recycle more!" I certainly will!
The album, overall, is a competent release but there are some minor flaws that prevented it from getting a higher score. The production job isn't great and I know that Death Metal will never be polished and clean, but bands like DEICIDE, DEATH and many more got superb mixes over 15 years ago so why can't they, with Metal Blade's backing, get a decent producer to mix it? "Kill" by CANNIBAL CORPSE had the best mix I'd heard in years and I think that this would sound great with Erik Rutan at the helm.
Still, even with a slightly dodgy mix, this album is still a great listen. Fans of earlier material will love it, people who hadn't heard of CATTLE DECAPITATION should buy this and see what they are missing out on and people who didn't like them before, well this won't change your mind, but all I can say to you is its your loss. (Online October 18, 2006)