There has been so much pollution dumped into the Pacific Ocean, that there is a mass of ocean garbage off the coast of California that is twice the size of Texas, it actually has its own name: ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’. If, for one minute you think that we have not destroyed this planet or that climate change is of no concern, then conduct a quick google search on this; and trash is not even the largest threat to our oceans, oil does more damage – that’s sickening!!
Cattle Decapitation are not an environmental band, but they are currently fascinated with the state of humanity. Their last album, Monolith of Inhumanity, depicted our fate if we continued to pillage and destroy the planet. Album number six – The Anthropocene Extinction – takes that concept and expands upon it by looking back at the world in the aftermath of such environmental devastation, in particular the fate bestowed on the Pacific Ocean.
Musically, Monolith of Inhumanity was a vicious slab of death/grind with just the odd hint of melody creeping into the sound; as with the concept, The Anthropocene Extinction also takes these musical elements and expands upon them to great effect. While Cattle Decapitation will never be considered accessible, there is a greater emphasis on song structure and a general tightening up of the chaotic nature of the songwriting, and they have focused on the elements that worked for them on previous endeavors and made them better ten-fold. Monolith of Inhumanity was packed full of unpredictable sections, and those moments still occur here like the black metal chorus in ‘Clandestine Ways’ or the trashy openings of ‘Pacific Grim’, even album opener ‘Manufactured Extinction’ turns heads with a doom riff, however as a whole the band is more cohesive and the general flow of the album is spot on.
“How can you look me in the eyes, tell me your proud of what you’ve done within this life.. your footprint can’t de-materialise”
Travis Ryan sings on ‘Not Suitable for Life’ using that distinctive exorcised vile stance on a clean vocal – which for that matter, should never be considered clean. The lyrical content is powerful, obviously focusing on the hazardous wasteland we have left our paradise in. The vocal work, in particular those aforementioned un-cleans are very catchy, but only used sparingly. Elsewhere they are varied, deep gutturals, fleeting black metal sections and your typical traditional death and grind flavours.
Guest appearances from Phil Anselmo, Tristan Stone (Author & Punisher) and Jürgen Bartsch (Bethlehem) adds a collaborative touch to the mix while Dave Otero returns to the fold with the production duties, as with Monolith; Otero becomes almost a fifth member of the band. Cattle Decapitation are an extremely diverse group of musicians with strong views on how things should sound, and Otero was instrumental in getting the best out of the group for The Anthropocene Extinction.
Cattle Decapitation may not have reached their full potential just yet, with The Anthropocene Extinction it comes very close. Lets just hope that the world does not self destruct to the point of extinction before we get to hear album number seven.
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim