Just when you thought it was safe to enter a fast-food franchise again, along comes San Diego's super-intelligent and ultra-lethal grindcore act Cattle Decapitation to remind you that, if any beast deserves to slip down the food chain, it is mankind. The disturbing anti-human lyrical content of Cattle Decap lies somewhere between SNL-grade comedy and extreme vegan propaganda, making you laugh as well as think long and hard about what it means to eat meat in an era when many of us should know better than to enjoy artery-clogging, antibiotic-drenched, carcinogenic (not to mention Mad Cow-causing) animal flesh.
Recorded in Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, The Harvest Floor, the band's fourth full-length for Metal Blade, drags the listener through a sonic slaughterhouse so vile and uncompromising you may opt to shower after listening to it. Produced by Billy Anderson (Melvins), Harvest hoses off much of Cattle Decap's pustular edges, allowing the technical ferocity of new drummer David McGraw to shine like a polished blade. As usual, vocalist Travis Ryan deploys hair-raising shrieks and guttural growls as on "The Gardeners of Eden," sounding like the cast of George Orwell's Animal Farm on a gleeful murder spree, while guitarist Josh Elmore continues to slice and dice eardrums with razor-happy riffage. The ambient title track, meanwhile, features a guest appearance by Jarboe (Swans), whose lovely siren's call to the killing floor sounds at once beautiful and nightmarish. (Metal Blade)
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