Monolith of Inhumanity

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Monolith of Inhumanity
Monolith of Inhumanity.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
RecordedJanuary–February 2012
StudioFlatline Audio, Westminster, CO, USA
GenreDeathgrind, technical death metal
Length43:03
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerDave Otero
Cattle Decapitation chronology
The Harvest Floor
(2009)
Monolith of Inhumanity
(2012)
The Anthropocene Extinction
(2015)
Singles from Monolith of Inhumanity
  1. "Your Disposal"
    Released: 2013

Monolith of Inhumanity is the sixth full-length studio album by American deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation, released on May 7, 2012.[1] Upon its release, it was met with positive reviews praising the addition of melody into their sound.[2]

Promotion[edit]

Music videos were released for "Kingdom of Tyrants,"[3] "Forced Gender Reassignment,"[4] and "Your Disposal."[5] A 7" single for "Your Disposal" was released in mid-2013. The B-side is "An Exposition of Insides," previously only available on the Japanese version of the album.[6] The music video for "Forced Gender Reassignment" was written and directed by Mitch Massie. The full uncensored music video with violence, rape, and sexual assault can be available for viewing on the website Bloody Disgusting with permission from the band. A brief mention of the video outside of Bloody Disgusting can be seen on "Another Top 10 Controversial Music Videos" from WatchMojo.com at the #1 spot on YouTube.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79%[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4.5/5 stars[8]
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Exclaim!favorable[10]
Metal Forces8/10 stars[11]
Metal Storm7.7/10[12]
PopMatters7/10 stars[13]
Revolver4/5 stars[14]
Spin7/10 stars[15]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[16]

Upon its release Monolith of Inhumanity generally received favorable reviews from critics. On Metacritic, it has been given a score of 79% based on 5 reviews.[2]

Public reception[edit]

The album also was voted the best album of 2012 by Metal Injection readers.[17] On the MetalSucks series "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves," Sven de Caluwé of Aborted, Richie Cavalera of Incite, David Davidson and Dan Gargiulo both of Revocation, Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn, Jeremy Wagner formerly of Broken Hope, John Vail formerly of Wretched, and Leon del Muerte of Murder Construct included Monolith of Inhumanity on their lists.[18][19][20][21][22]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Travis Ryan; all music is composed by Cattle Decapitation.

No.TitleLength
1."The Carbon Stampede"3:39
2."Dead Set on Suicide"3:18
3."A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat"2:58
4."Forced Gender Reassignment"3:54
5."Gristle Licker"4:54
6."Projectile Ovulation"3:31
7."Lifestalker"4:15
8."Do Not Resuscitate"3:18
9."Your Disposal"4:47
10."The Monolith"3:39
11."Kingdom of Tyrants"4:50
Total length:43:03

Personnel[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[23]

Cattle Decapitation[edit]

  • Travis Ryan – vocals, electronics, atmospherics, keyboard, drums on "The Monolith"
  • Josh Elmore – guitar, gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
  • Derek Engemann – bass, additional vocals, gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede", additional guitar and keyboard on "The Monolith"
  • Dave McGraw – drums, gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Leonard Leal (Cephalic Carnage) – vocals on "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat"
  • Mike Majewski (Devourment) – vocals on "Projectile Ovulation"

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Cephalic Carnage:
    • Leonard Leal – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • Nick Schendzielos – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • Steve Goldberg – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • Brian Hopp – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • John Merryman – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • Zac Joe – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
    • Jawsh Mullen – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
  • Sean Perry – gang vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"
  • John Wiese – electronics, atmospherics

Production[edit]

Artwork and design[edit]

  • Wes Benscoter – album artwork, photo editing
  • Brian Ames – album layout
  • Sam Lanthrem – photography
  • Matthew Zinke – photography
  • Travis Ryan – art direction, concept

Studio[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[24] 32
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[25] 18
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[26] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity". www.metalblade.com. Metal Blade Records. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Monolith of Inhumanity at Metacritic
  3. ^ "CATTLE DECAPITATION: 'Kingdom Of Tyrants' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. April 24, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  4. ^ wookubus (October 8, 2013). "Cattle Decapitation Celebrate Controversial "Forced Gender Reassignment" Video With New T-Shirt". Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "CATTLE DECAPITATION: 'Your Disposal' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. July 29, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. (July 11, 2013). "CATTLE DECAPITATION to release "Your Disposal" 7" single". www.metalblade.com. Metal Blade Records. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.watchmojo.com/video/id/12139/
  8. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity Review". heavymetal.about.com. About.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  9. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation at AllMusic
  10. ^ Falzon, Denise (May 8, 2012). "Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity". exclaim.ca. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Fisher, Mark. "CATTLE DECAPITATION – Monolith Of Inhumanity (2012)". www.metalforcesmagazine.com. Metal Forces. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Troy Killjoy (May 9, 2012). "Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity review". www.metalstorm.net. Metal Storm. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Hayes, Craig (August 7, 2012). "Cattle Decapitation: Monolith of Inhumanity". www.popmatters.com. PopMatters. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Geist, Brandon (April 30, 2012). "Review: Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity". www.revolvermag.com. NewBay Media. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  15. ^ Fury, Jeanne (May 1, 2012). "Cattle Decapitation, Monolith of Inhumanity (Metal Blade)". www.spin.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  16. ^ Ward, Kyle (May 2, 2012). "Review: Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  17. ^ Pasbani, Robert (December 28, 2012). "The Metal Injection Junkies Pick Their Top Albums of 2012". www.metalinjection.net. Metal Injection. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  18. ^ MetalSucks (December 5, 2012). "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves — Part III". www.metalsucks.net. Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  19. ^ MetalSucks (December 5, 2012). "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves — Part IV". www.metalsucks.net. Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  20. ^ MetalSucks (December 6, 2012). "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves — Part V". www.metalsucks.net. Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  21. ^ MetalSucks (December 7, 2012). "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves — Part VII". www.metalsucks.net. Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  22. ^ MetalSucks (December 7, 2012). "The Best Metal Albums of 2012, As Chosen by Metal Musicians Themselves — Part VIII". www.metalsucks.net. Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  23. ^ Monolith of Inhumanity (liner notes). Cattle Decapitation. Metal Blade Records. 2012.CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.

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