There is a big chance that CATTLE DECAPITATION hates your fucking guts. They hate mine. Why? Because I’m a meat eating human bastard; it’s safe to say that this band doesn’t have a keen eye to humanity. Their philosophy is that we as humans are the biggest natural disaster ever to occur on the face of mother earth. The unsettling part of the statement is the truth it holds. No matter how proud a member of the human race you are you can’t deny the depressing effect humanity has on the environment surrounding us. Cheap wood anyone, let’s go and chop up some rainforest. I don’t hate humanity the way CATTLE DECAPITATION do but I see where they get their motivation from.
Their crusade of hate started back in 1996, meaning that they’ve waged war against humanity for ten full years. I’ve only been aware of the bands since their “Humanure” release, great cover art by the way, depicting a cow shitting out the remains of a human. Obviously this was just too much for some people as several stores refused to sell the album unless they changed their cover art. Who would’ve thought that a shitting cow, though with a rather unusual sort of excrements, would stir up such controversy? In the end they changed the cover art – the cow were removed, making way for a barren wasteland – but the original printing is still on sale, just a bit hard to get your hands on I guess. Your filthy human hands that is.
For being vegetarians I’d have to say that they make bloody good music. It lacks none of the meat and flesh found in the music made by their carnivorous peers. The hate sounds genuine too. A wonder they haven’t killed themselves yet, not that I want them to. There is no doubt that the music made by CATTLE DECAPITATION is of the rather chaotic kind. It would certainly raise the odds of this band being something for you if you like bands such as PIG DESTROYER, KILL THE CLIENT and ANAAL NATHRAKH. Not that any of these bands share any direct similarities besides all of them being chaotic, loud and noisy. Don’t forget to check out all of these bands, especially not KILL THE CLIENT, perhaps the angriest band ever to pick up an instrument.
I would say the music is an unhealthy mixture of Grind, Death and Black Metal, first and foremost a combination of the two first genres. Whatever CATTLE DECAPITATION chooses to play it sounds immense and filled with hatred. I guess anger management would be the political correct way of dealing with their hate and frustration. Playing Extreme Metal is a much better way of dealing it. Beating up worthless people like politicians and paedophiles should do the trick as well. Just be sure that the evidence is 100% sure before you let your anger loose.
If you want are you looking for 40 minutes of Death Metal without any regards for humanity CATTLE DECAPITATION is an excellent choice. “Karma.Bloody.Karma” is a wicked album with few let ups but with quite a share of variation. If you are sick and tired of Melodic crap pretending to be Death Metal you should get down on your knees and worship CATTLE DECAPITATION. This band is ugly, filthy, mean and without contempt for human feelings. I wonder if they are trying to mirror the state of the human race.
(Online November 13, 2006)