Release Date: Aug 7, 2015
Record label: Metal Blade
With every album they release, Cattle Decapitation shatter expectations; this time around, the shards have seemingly lodged themselves in Travis Ryan's vocal cords. Littered throughout the wasteland of gurgling growls and shrill shrieks that fill The Anthropocene Extinction are the snarls that the vocalist experimented with on 2012's Monolith of Inhumanity, a sort of pseudo-singing that just might be more unsettling than his more traditional death metal scream, and which showcases his impressive range. It gets even more impressive when it takes hold for a whole track, as on the mournful "Ave Exitium.
Review Summary: "Monolith of Inhumanity pt. 2" should please Cattle Decapitation purists and fans of technical death metal alike.The vegetarian in me has always had a soft spot for Cattle Decapitation. The metal fan, not so much. Cattle Decapitation typically deploy a fast (really fast) and eviscerating form of death metal with all sorts of technicality and whatnot.
Environmental degradation counts as a common subject in metal. For grindcore San Diegans Cattle Decapitation, it's religion. Title based on the unofficial term for an epoch in which human behavior upends Earth, The Anthropocene Extinction holds nothing back in pursuit of eco justice. The brutally furious "Manufactured Extinct" and "Mutual Assured Destruction" blast bluntly, while "Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)" twists the knife with animal test subjects taking revenge on their tormentors.