Cattle Decapitation performing in 2013. From left to right: Josh Elmore, Dave McGraw, Travis Ryan and Derek Engemann.
|Origin||San Diego, California, United States|
Cattle Decapitation is an American extreme metal band from San Diego, California, formed in 1996. Their brutal musical style fuses grindcore and death metal. The band's current line-up includes vocalist Travis Ryan, guitarist Josh Elmore, and drummer Dave McGraw. Cattle Decapitation have released seven albums, the most recent being The Anthropocene Extinction in 2015.
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 the band's 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.
The 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover. 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.
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".
In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of "musical and personal differences". Cattle Decapitation's album Monolith of Inhumanity was released in 2012. It received positive reviews upon release.
Cattle Decapitation has toured with many extreme metal acts, including Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Krisiun and Job for a Cowboy. The band also participated in Metal Blade Record's Scion A/V Showcase in late 2012.
The band spent the majority of 2014 writing a new record. 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 was The Anthropocene Extinction. Alongside this announcement the band released the first song of the record, titled "Manufactured Extinct". It was released through Metal Blade Records on August 7, 2015.
On April 30, 2018, two Native American teens were pulled out of a Colorado State University tour by the police for being "too quiet' and wearing "dark clothing." When the band found out that one of the brothers was wearing Cattle Decapitation T-shirts, they offered the brothers "free guest list spots for life."
The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2019.
Former touring members
|Cattle Decapitation discography|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2002||To Serve Man
|2009||The Harvest Floor
|2012||Monolith of Inhumanity
|2015||The Anthropocene Extinction
|"--" denotes a recording that did not chart.|
|2005||Cattle Decapitation / Caninus
|1996||Ten Torments of the Damned
|2002||"To Serve Man"||To Serve Man||Brett Herpich|
|2004||"Reduced to Paste"||Humanure||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"|
|2016||"Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)"||The Anthropocene Extinction|
|2017||"The Prophets of Loss"||Paul McGuire|