Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction (2015)
More often than not over the years, the average mall metal kid has a tendency to shy away from record covers with a more than normal amount of gore and horror art, deemed “too deathy” by the lot of them. And that’s fine. Because the real underground metal heads have welcomed splatter and gore as a means to let us now what we’re getting ourselves into . And true to their brand, Cattle Decapitation never disappointed. Whether it was the debut lo-fi art of “Homovore” to the utterly gorgeous craptastic (see what we did there) art of “Humanure”, Cattle Decapitation by many outsiders were viewed as almost a gimmick in the surging world of pretty boy Warped Tour crabwalkers. But if you actually had a set of balls and would hit play on bands like them, you’d find a complete gem of a group. Album art can suck in the buyer, especially if new. If it sparks curiosity then it’s done it’s job.
So what to make about The Anthropocene Extinction? Aside from a completely badass cover job by Wes Benscoter, the band is pure gold at this point. In a day and age where groups often grow stale and stagnant release after release, Cattle Decapitation upped the ante fusing their patent deathgrind sound with a slew of intricate and worthwhile ideas. From King Diamond-inspired vocal passages to twisted ambiance galore to tight as a drum dynamics, the band plows through tracks like Beastmode running over preschoolers in a pee-wee football game. From “Not Suitable For Life” to “Manufactured Extinct” Travis Ryan spits malcontent for society’s ignorance to the destruction of the planet and the mass slaughter of animals as good as he ever has, while amazing guest spots from Phil Anselmo and Author & Punisher give the album just the slight sound of difference needed to take their ideas to the next level.
The Anthropocene Extinction is a most welcome album in 2015’s list of top releases and manages to place most everything else that is run-of-the-mill under it’s hoof. It’s relentless but breathes when it needs to. It appeals to a wide array of metal fans, and it’s never too overly serious to the point of being cheesy. And hey, we of course got to give props to them, because a merry band on vegetarians toting the animal and environmental rights line is fine by us. Never has the destruction of the world sounded so good.