Thursday, January 21, 2016

CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Anthropocene Extinction [2015 Blindspot]

Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (2015, Metal Blade)

With their seventh album, the vegan deathgrind act Cattle Decapitation comes back after a much praised album that was Monolith of Inhumanity. Based in San Diego, California, the obvious heirs of Cannibal Corpse and Exhumed are pushing the extreme level of the genre a bit more.

My first encounter with those tofu eaters was back with their sophomore album To Serve Man. A pretty decent effort that confirmed their status as the frontrunners of the genre that the aforementioned Death metal meets gore aficionados’ path to evolve and push the limit.

With The Anthropocene Extinction the band explores more mid-tempos while keeping the speed at a full head-on, they manage to make a more constant and well balance album of twelve outstanding sons. With ‘’Plagueborne’’ they even let themself vogue onto more melodic choruses and put a certain depth into the extremity of their music.

This penchant for exploration and maybe a fresher start for Cattle Decapitation was a way to not tend into the repetition of a formula that made Monolith of Inhumanity such a praised album. Cattle Decapitation simply is a band that doesn’t want to redo the same formulaic album over  and over again.

One of the surprises in The Anthropocene Extinction is the ‘’Ave Exitium’’ interlude of Neurosis-like scale. A slower more atmospheric song of clean vocals and somber effects. It leads to ‘’Pacific Grim’’ that elevates brutality and old-school Death to a level of epic grandeur that only live could rendered a song that great.

Taylor Ryan’s vocal performance is versatile and gives the definition of Deathgrind vocalist a meaning; with his heavy growls and his melodic high octaves. Behind the kit, David McGraw gives a clinic to any drummer who wants to be fast and really tight. He may not be as brutal as George Kollias’ robot-like performances but I think that McGraw delivers as much and he is probably the best death metal drummer right now.

A must for 2015 and I can’t believe it took me so long to get to this release but I think it is probably one of the must of the year and was a huge blindspot.


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