Cattle Decapitation
Humanure


3.5
great

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
July 1st, 2007 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cattle Decapitation strut their stuff in their 4th full length release

Cattle Decapitation is a San Diego based Deathgrind band that is currently signed to Metal Blade Records. Humanure, or the practice of using human excrement to nurture plants, is the bands 4th release. Justin Pearson and Bobby Bray of The Locust make appearances on the album.

Cattle Decapitation is:

Travis Ryan - Vocals
Josh Elmore - Guitar
Troy Oftedal - Bass
Michael Laughlin - Drums

Humanure is interesting. Overall it uses a lot of the same structures to craft its tracks. The first real opener, Humanure is a strong point that portrays that formula quite well, with Grind song structures, yet with Death Metal riffs, solo’s, and Drum Fills. The closest way I can describe it is, well, all over the place. This entire record is all over the place. I do not mean that in a bad way. Oh no, I do not. The chaotic, yet formulated sound that Cattle Decapitation achieves with Humanure is top notch, second only to their latest release. Reduced To Paste and Chummified show the bands willingness to brake from the pack and try out different things not usually found in Grind, yet still keeping the formula previously mentioned. The layered vocals, think production, and somewhat recycled riffs swarm the record. The album however keeps its replay value even after 9 or 10 listens.

Even through the reused riffs, Mr. Elmore continues to make catchy yet brutal songs, beautifully crafted with tremolo picking and obscure scales wandering around. Bukkake Tsunami, quite possibly the best track on the record, shows these elements. Although a lot of the riffs could be substituted to different songs without a hitch, the meat of the song is composed into the higher leads that latch on to you and don’t let go. Pinch Harmonics strewn about provide startling jabs that complete the packaged deal. Applied Human Defragmentation has tempo changes that have become a habit for Cattle Decapitation’s music to wield. Like King Arthur and Excalibur, like Jesus and The Bible, like Tony Montana and an M16, Josh Elmore wields his axe in a way that fits perfectly to the Cattle Decapitation sound.

One of the speed bumps that Humanure encounters on its road, comes in the form of not making songs up to standards set by earlier tracks. Songs like The Earthling and Men Before Swine fail to come close to the greatness achieved by tracks such as Lips & A**holes and Bukkake Tsunami. These speed bumps are the main factors in what makes this album blend together a little bit. By the time you’ve made it to Polyps, you might just turn the album off, thinking you’ve heard all it has to offer, which, for the most part, you have. Earlier on I mentioned the albums substantial replay value. That value is there, it just may take a few listens to find what tracks you believe to be the backbone of the album, what holds it together and keeps you from pressing the stop button, or if your in the correct day and age, the menu button (for you sheltered individuals that’s an Ipod). The vertebrae, however, are placed in such places, that if you are listening with open ears and an open mind, will engage you when you feel that numbness start to overtake you, the numbness that comes from listening boring, filler tracks that don’t grab you like others do.

Overall, Humanure was a solid record released by an even more solid band. The highlights of the album are surely some of the highlights of the bands catalog. And although I believe they reached new heights with Karma.Bloody.Karma, Humanure is still a necessary album for any fan of the band, genre, or any combination of the two, regardless of the couple filler tracks that plague it.

Pro’s[+]
Musicianship is very solid
Catchy, or, as catchy as you can be with Deathgrind
Memorable tracks are killer

Con’s[-]
Filler tracks don’t cut it
Some recycled riffs, but overall, not too many
Vocals never get switched up, which can leave them stale

Recommended Tracks
Bukkake Tsunami
Humanure
Lips & A**holes


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Comments:Add a Comment 
LifeInABox
July 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


Yee-haw.

Angmar
July 2nd 2007


2689 Comments


Alright review, too bad these guys are a disgrace to all things music.

LifeInABox
July 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


It could have been better, but I couldn't get my brain working tonite. It was kindof a forced review, but I'm pretty proud of it.

Doppelganger
July 2nd 2007


3124 Comments


I just lol'd for a full minute after I saw the album art.

antihippy
July 2nd 2007


696 Comments


cows with bloody dairrhea ftw.

LifeInABox
July 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


It's actually Cows with bad digestion of Humans that turned into bloody diharia.

Can anyone correctly spell that?

blackmilk
July 2nd 2007


584 Comments


Diarrhea.

LifeInABox
July 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


Is it in Websters I wonder?

Oh Well. Ket's talk about the album/review, shall we?
Has Anyone else heard this?This Message Edited On 07.02.07

ChrisWyatt
July 2nd 2007


88 Comments


I dont get how people can dig death/grind/brutal core. sure it requires an amzing amount of skill to play, but to me all the death-metal ive heard sounds exactly the same?

antihippy
July 2nd 2007


696 Comments


Diarrhea.


i was close. :p

don't really like cattle decapitation.

slep
July 2nd 2007


1604 Comments


If the cover is any indication, this will probably be like the atrocity that was Karma.Bloody.Karma.

rattlehead42147
July 2nd 2007


1345 Comments


why do they have a cow fixation/gimmick?

rattlehead42147
July 2nd 2007


1345 Comments


this double post never happened.This Message Edited On 07.02.07

gasmaskman
July 2nd 2007


1006 Comments


animal rights

kalkal50
July 2nd 2007


2386 Comments


PETA should come anytime soon

Confessed2005
July 2nd 2007


3314 Comments


The whole animal rights gimmick is a little lame.

But Karma Bloody Karma wasn't actually as bad as everyone kept saying.

antihippy
July 2nd 2007


696 Comments


it's not a gimmick, it's just annoying.

masscows
July 2nd 2007


2236 Comments


But Karma Bloody Karma wasn't actually as bad as everyone kept saying.
actually, to any DM listener (none of Cattle Decapitation's detractors on this website, mind you, can be considered DM listeners, just a bunch of kids who think Rancid and Maroon 5 have talent) K.B.K is damn near being a masterpiece.

I've heard Bukkake Tsunami and Humanure off of this, and they're both great-I might get this one.

oh, yeah, I really love Josh Elmore's guitar style. I don't know how much his style on Karma shows through on here, but Karma was one of the strangest listens the first time through because he has the oddest style.This Message Edited On 07.02.07

Angmar
July 2nd 2007


2689 Comments


actually, to any DM listener (none of Cattle Decapitation's detractors on this website, mind you, can be considered DM listeners, just a bunch of kids who think Rancid and Maroon 5 have talent) K.B.K is damn near being a masterpiece.


NoThis Message Edited On 07.02.07

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2007


44805 Comments


good cd.

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