Cattle Decapitation

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Cattle Decapitation
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 1996 (1996)–present
Labels
Associated acts The Locust, Caninus
Website cattledecapitation.com
Members
  • Travis Ryan
  • Josh Elmore
  • Dave McGraw
  • Derek Engemann
Past members
  • Scott Miller
  • Gabe Serbian
  • Dave Astor
  • Michael Laughlin
  • Troy Oftedal

Cattle Decapitation is an American deathgrind band from San Diego, California, formed in 1996. The band's current line-up includes vocalist Travis Ryan, guitarist Josh Elmore, drummer Dave McGraw, and bassist Derek Engemann. Cattle Decapitation have released seven albums, their most recent being Monolith of Inhumanity in 2012.

History[edit]

Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the situations that animals are subjected to, for example animal testing, slaughter, etc. While the band started with an entirely vegetarian lineup, only two current members are vegetarian namely Travis Ryan and Josh Elmore.[3]

Their 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover.[4] The cover of the 2004 album Humanure, featuring a cow excreting human remains, was reportedly censored without permission from the label in some outlets. Record store owners did not display the album, making it difficult for customers to find and buy it.[5]

Former member Gabe Serbian is a member of the band The Locust.[6] Former member Dave Astor was also a member of The Locust.

Metal author and journalist Garry Sharpe-Young once acknowledged the band as "one of the few metal bands whose message hits as hard as their music".[4]

In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of "musical and personal differences".[7] Cattle Decapitation's latest album, Monolith of Inhumanity, was released in 2012. It received positive reviews upon release.[8][9]

Cattle Decapitation has toured with many death metal bands including, Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Krisiun and Job for a Cowboy.[10] The band also participated in Metal Blade Record's Scion A/V Showcase in late 2012.[11]

The band spent the majority of 2014 writing a new record, tentatively due in 2015. [12] The tracking for the album was announced to have been completed on February 14, 2015. on May 20, 2015, Cattle Decapitation announced the title of the new record would be The Anthropocene Extinction and will be released through Metal Blade Records August 7, 2015. Alongside this announcement the band released the first song of the record, titled "Manufactured Extinct."[13]

Band members[edit]

Current
  • Travis Ryan – vocals (1997–present)
  • Josh Elmore – guitar (2001–present)
  • Dave McGraw – drums (2007–present)
  • Derek Engemann – bass (2010–present)
Former
  • Scott Miller – guitar, vocals (1996)
  • Gabe Serbian – drums (1996), guitar (1997–2001)
  • Dave Astor (Pathology) – bass (1996), drums (1997–2003)
  • Michael Laughlin (Creation Is Crucifixion) – drums (2003–2006, 2007)
  • Troy Oftedal – bass (1998–2009)
Live
  • Kevin Talley – drums (2006)
  • Rahsaan Davis – bass (2009)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Cattle Decapitation discography
Releases
Studio albums 7
EPs 2
Music videos 3
Split albums 1
Demos 1

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[14]
US
Indie.

[15]
US
Hard
Rock
[16]
2000 Homovore
  • Released: May 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
  • Label: Three One G
2002 To Serve Man
  • Released: July 30, 2002 (2002-07-30)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2004 Humanure
  • Released: July 13, 2004 (2004-07-13)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2006 Karma.Bloody.Karma
  • Released: July 11, 2006 (2006-07-11)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2009 The Harvest Floor
  • Released: January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)
  • Label: Metal Blade
16
2012 Monolith of Inhumanity
  • Released: May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
  • Label: Metal Blade
6 32 18
2015 The Anthropocene Extinction
  • Release Date: August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
  • Label: Metal Blade
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

EPs[edit]

List of EP
Year Album details
1999 Human Jerky
  • Released: 1999 (1999)
  • Label: Three One G
2000 ¡Decapitacion!
  • Released: 2000 (2000)
  • Label: Accident Prone

Split albums[edit]

List of Split albums
Year Album details
2005 Cattle Decapitation / Caninus
  • Released: November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24)
  • Label: War Torn Records

Demos[edit]

List of Demos
Year Album details
1996 Ten Torments of the Damned
  • Released: 1996 (1996)
  • Label: independent

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Year Title Album Director(s)
2004 "To Serve Man" To Serve Man N/A
2009 "Regret and the Grave" The Harvest Floor N/A
"A Body Farm" N/A
2012 "Kingdom of Tyrants" Monolith of Inhumanity Mitch Massie
"Forced Gender Reassignment"
2013 "Your Disposal"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.chartattack.com/reviews/65591/cattle-decaptitation-%E2%80%94-the-harvest-floor
  2. ^ "peta2 - The Largest Youth Animal Rights Group in the World - Free For All! - peta2.com". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cattle Decapitation: vegetarian death metal". NUVO. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Metal: The Definitive Guide, page 169
  5. ^ Sanford, Jay Allen (November 19, 2008). "Cattle Decapitation Veggie Burgers, plus History of San Diego Music Parts 1 thru 7". www.sandiegoreader.com. San Diego Reader. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  6. ^ metalweb interview
  7. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Review: Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity". Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - "Monolith of Inhumanity" Album Review - Thrash Magazine". Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "SIX FEET UNDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION And More Confirmed For Scion A/V Label Showcase". bravewords.com. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ http://metalstorm.net/events/news_comments.php?news_id=22175
  13. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. (May 20, 2015). "CATTLE DECAPITATION to release The Anthropocene Extinction this August via Metal Blade Records". www.metalblade.com. Metal Blade Records. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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