“Humanure” by Cattle Decapitation

Artist: Cattle Decapitation
Title: “Humanure”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 7/13/2004
Genre: Grind Core
Rating: 5/10

Looking past the title of the album and the name of the band is not easy to do when it comes to the guys in Cattle Decapitation. The music is also not for the faint of heart and is a non-stop assault on the listeners senses. However, you have to expect this sort of extremism when you choose to listen to a Grind Core artist that borderlines on the Gore Core aspect as well. The crazier and more in your face they are, the more apt to be remembered they will be. The CD at first listen is as brutal as its name denotes and should you not be an expert in this form of music you will find it largely repetitive. As I listened I felt one track blended into the other with little difference and tempo change and it was only noticed when I paused to see where the heck I actually was. It was then that I came to the realization that a number of songs had gone by and I was approaching the close of the album. However, when I witnessed them live I was taken aback by their drive and delivery as lead singer Travis Ryan screams and growls his way through a very energetic set. The bands song titles and lyrical content are abrasive as hell and this band are not for the weak stomached. Meat lovers are not encouraged to read too deeply into the subject matter, but if you do take this as your warning. There is a level of politics and animal rights addressed in these songs which shows that the band is a little different from others who play similar styled stuff.

These grind-core bands have an audience but I am not one of them as to me it is a lot more chaos than I enjoy in a single sitting. Despite this, Cattle Decapitation aims to get their message across to you in the most in your face method possible. Be advised that the lyrics are very explicit but unless you can follow them in the songs you only have to worry about reading the booklet that is provided. Hamburger anyone?

Track Listing:
1. Scatology Domine (intro)
2. Humanure
3. Reduced To Paste
4. Bukkake Tsunami
5. Cloacula: The Anthropophagic Copromantik
6. Chummified
7. Applied Human Defragmentation
8. The Earthling
9. Polyps
10. Lips & Assholes
11. Men Before Swine (outro)

Official Website: www.cattledecapitation.com

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