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Cattle Decapitation
Cattle Decapitation
Cattle Decapitation live Neurotic Deathfest 2013.jpg
Cattle Decapitation performing in 2013. From left to right: Josh Elmore, Dave McGraw, Travis Ryan and Derek Engemann.
Background information
Origin San Diego, California, United States
1996 (1996)-present
  • Travis Ryan
  • Josh Elmore
  • Dave McGraw
  • Belisario Dimuzio
  • Olivier Pinard
  • Scott Miller
  • Gabe Serbian
  • Dave Astor
  • Michael Laughlin
  • Troy Oftedal
  • Derek Engemann

Cattle Decapitation is an American deathgrind band from San Diego, California, formed in 1996. 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.[4][5]

The 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover.[6] 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.[7]

Former member Gabe Serbian is a member of the band The Locust.[8] Former member Dave Astor was also a member of The Locust.

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".[6]

In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of "musical and personal differences".[9] Cattle Decapitation's album Monolith of Inhumanity was released in 2012. It received positive reviews upon release.[10][11]

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.[12] The band also participated in Metal Blade Record's Scion A/V Showcase in late 2012.[13]

The band spent the majority of 2014 writing a new record.[14] 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".[15] It was released through Metal Blade Records on August 7, 2015.[16]

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."[17] 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."[18][19]

The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2019.[20]




Cattle Decapitation discography
Studio albums 7
Music videos 8
EPs 2
Split albums 1
Demos 1

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions


2000 Homovore
  • Released: May 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
  • Label: Three One G
-- -- --
2002 To Serve Man
  • Released: July 30, 2002 (2002-07-30)
  • Label: Metal Blade
-- -- --
2004 Humanure
  • Released: July 13, 2004 (2004-07-13)
  • Label: Metal Blade
-- -- --
2006 Karma.Bloody.Karma
  • Released: July 11, 2006 (2006-07-11)
  • Label: Metal Blade
-- -- --
2009 The Harvest Floor
  • Released: January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)
  • Label: Metal Blade
16 -- --
2012 Monolith of Inhumanity
  • Released: May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
  • Label: Metal Blade
6 32 18
2015 The Anthropocene Extinction
  • Release Date: August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
  • Label: Metal Blade
-- 5 5
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart.


List of EP
Year Album details
1999 Human Jerky
  • Released: 1999 (1999)
  • Label: Three One G
2000 ¡Decapitacion!
  • Released: 2000 (2000)
  • Label: Accident Prone

Split albums

List of Split albums
Year Album details
2005 Cattle Decapitation / Caninus
  • Released: November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24)
  • Label: War Torn Records


List of Demos
Year Album details
1996 Ten Torments of the Damned
  • Released: 1996 (1996)
  • Label: independent

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Year Title Album Director(s)
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"
2013 "Your Disposal"
2016 "Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)" The Anthropocene Extinction
2017 "The Prophets of Loss" Paul McGuire


  1. ^ Andy Hermann.Seeing Cattle Decapitation at Los Globos Just Made Me a Deathgrind Fan. LA Weekly. January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Cattle Decapitation at AllMusic
  3. ^ Bayer, Gerd, Heavy Metal Music in Britain (Ashgate Publishing, 2013), p.60.
  4. ^ "Cattle Decapitation: vegetarian death metal". NUVO. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ a b Metal: The Definitive Guide, page 169
  7. ^ Sanford, Jay Allen (November 19, 2008). "Cattle Decapitation Veggie Burgers, plus History of San Diego Music Parts 1 thru 7". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ metalweb interview Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement -". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Review: Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity". Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - "Monolith of Inhumanity" Album Review - Thrash Magazine". Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "JOB FOR A COWBOY announce headlining tour with CATTLE DECAPITATION & WHITECHAPEL - Metal Injection". 1 March 2010.
  13. ^ "SIX FEET UNDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION And More Confirmed For Scion A/V Label Showcase". Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Writing Material For New Album - Metal Storm".
  15. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. (May 20, 2015). "CATTLE DECAPITATION to release The Anthropocene Extinction this August via Metal Blade Records". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "PHILIP ANSELMO To Guest On New CATTLE DECAPITATION Album". 20 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Safety | Colorado State University". 2018-05-05. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Swenson, Kyle (2018-05-04). "Two Native American brothers were touring a Colo. college when a parent called police. They say it was racial profiling". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "(4) Cattle Decapitation - Posts". 2018-05-05. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "CRYPTOPSY & EUKARYST Members Join CATTLE DECAPITATION, New Album Due in Fall 2019". Metal Injection. August 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Cattle Decapitation - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.

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