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.
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.