Metal Blade [Release date 07.08.15]
I love Cattle Decapitation. From the moment I heard the name I knew I had to check them out. I was not disappointed when I did. Lucky enough I was already getting more and more into extreme metal at the time, and they are one of the best extreme metal bands out there. Combining Death and Grindcore to make their own distinct sound, they have been carving out their piece of the metal world for 19 years now.
And with each release the band seems to get heavier (if that’s even possible) and angrier. In the nearly two decades the band has been around they have released six albums of pure extreme metal that has been destroying ears all over the world.
Returning with their 7th album, following up the brilliant Monolith of Inhumanity is the equally brilliant The Anthropocene Extinction. Continuing to warn the people of the planet that if it stays on the same path of destruction there will be no more Earth, the band holds no punches when delivering their cryptic message. One of the things that appeals to me about this band, and in particular this album, is the fact that they are unabashedly brutal yet have a melodic sense lost on most bands of this style.
Songs like “Plagueborne” are the perfect example of this where it has this unrelenting, pummeling riff, but interspersed is this very Tool-ish sound going on. Then you have just the straight ahead Deathgrind tracks like “Manufactured Existence,” “Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot),” “Pacific Grim,” and “Mammals In Babylon” that show why this band is considered one of the best and heaviest bands around.
You will find no syrupy ballads and songs about hope, unless your idea of hope is complete and absolute desolation in a world destroyed by stupid people doing stupid things. I don’t necessarily share in all of their beliefs, but Cattle Decapitation has definitely locked in on their passion and drive, both lyrically and musically. The Anthropocene Extinction is a stunningly bleak, haunting, yet amazing album. Fans of this band will not be disappointed. ****1/2
Review by Chris Martin
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