Cattle Decapitation
Karma.Bloody.Karma


4.0
excellent

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
January 10th, 2008 | 72 replies | 13,130 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

”Ah, yes…Success. It’s hanging by the neck”

If there is any band that would make both PETA and Peter Jackson smile to themselves, it would be Cattle Decapitation, a group whose “graphic” use of violent lyrics and subject matter to communicate pro-animal, anti-humanism ideals has unfortunately been the attention grabbing aspect of their existence to many. But what their 5th full length album, Karma.Bloody.Karma has accomplished is far more than that. With this album, Cattle Decapitation have set themselves apart from the herd of young, up and coming death metal artists.

Fusing death metal and grind together to form the aptly dubbed fake genre of “deathgrind” and be an iffy style of music to play. As shown by many, many artists in the genre, keeping a balance of both of the aforementioned is a tough feat. Rarely does an album appear with a true equilibrium of the two genres. Karma.Bloody.Karma, though taking steps in the right direction, cannot achieve the goal either. The album is heavily weighted by the death metal aspect, making some of the clear cut grind tracks sound a bit out of place. On the other hand, songs that do hold true to the natural death metal sound fresh and flow nicely. There is still a noticeable difference, though, between more of a standard death metal sound and the tracks off of the album. The tinge of grind that can’t convert the album gives a nice, original touch to the tempos and some of the riffs, which is where I find that the album is taking a stride towards getting to that perfect balance of both grind and death metal. There is no doubt about it, though. Karma.Bloody.Karma when looked at inside the death metal genre is almost groundbreaking. More so than either of their last two full lengths, and more so than many of the exhausted technical death metal albums appearing out of nowhere as of late.

A feature of all Cattle Decapitation albums that seems to push people’s buttons is the subpar vocal performance. Personally, I think the vocals fit the music quite well. Quirky vocals for quirky music. But for argument’s sake, I will go into detail. Travis Ryan isn’t exactly known for his fantastic range or even quality of vocals or lyrics. In all seriousness, he really sounds like he’s shouting in a low voice for most of the time, other times snarling in a kind of poor interpretation of a black metal rasp. If vocally poor musicians bother you, put down this artist and never examine them again, because if you do come across some of their material, and are conscious of that aspect, you will be sadly disappointed. But the upside of his vocal style is found in this question: does anyone even remotely sound like him?

Musically and riff wise, Karma.Bloody.Karma is by far Cattle Decapitation’s best effort yet. Though technicality rarely equals quality, in this case, it sure comes close. Despite having a single guitarist, the riffs all around sound great and in abundance. For a nearly absent bass, the music is surprisingly dense, and if you listen hard enough, you can barely make out the distorted runs of bassist Troy Oftedal. Diminished chords and speedy licks that actually have substance come basically one after another on the album, and the songwriting that made the last album stale and a little boring has kicked into overdrive and done its work here. Since Humanure, the songwriting has matured to an overall high for the band. The album flows amazingly, even with two noise break tracks set into the package. The smaller dainty parts that were totally absent from Humanure are put in at precisely the right times, adding to the already angry atmosphere, giving it an air of passiveness.

Honestly, Karma.Bloody.Karma is nothing like I have ever experienced before. Not from this band before now, and not from any band since. Although it was one of my favorite albums when it first came out, it still has a part in my play rotation at some point. That’s more than I can say for almost all the other music I was listening to at the time. I highly recommend this to anyone open to it. If from this review it sounds like something you would probably avoid, than by all means, do so. If you think it may bug or annoy you by one of the above mentioned points, chances are, it will.

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LifeInABox
January 10th 2008



3708 Comments


This is just a rewrite of my first ever review. I didn't think my first one did it justice, so I redid it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2008



17920 Comments


Nice.

BallsToTheWall
January 10th 2008



44164 Comments


Success is.. was a really good song from what I remember. I got a copy of this somewhere which I should take out again. Good band that get's too much shit talking, another pretty good review.

jrowa001
January 10th 2008



8750 Comments


never been a fan of this band, but at the same time i have never listened to a full album (only a few songs i didnt care for)

masscows
January 10th 2008



2236 Comments


A feature of all Cattle Decapitation albums that seems to push people’s buttons is the subpar vocal performance
The voculars are the best part dude.

LifeInABox
January 10th 2008



3708 Comments


Alot of people hate them. Like I said in the review, I have no problem with them.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2008



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seeing these guys live just ruined it for me.

masscows
January 10th 2008



2236 Comments


I also think The Carcass Derrick is the best song on this, could be just me though. The lyrics are fucking :lol:

LifeInABox
January 10th 2008



3708 Comments


I love how Travis's vocals are completly different live :lol:

rattlehead42147
January 11th 2008



1345 Comments


i saw the words "cattle decapitation" on the main page and knew it was you immediately.

Confessed2005
January 11th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't hate them but after listening to this a number of times I can't help feel that is just an average album.

masscows
January 11th 2008



2236 Comments


I love how Travis's vocals are completly different live
yeah...his vocals on Humanure sound like his live vocals but they sound a little processed on this one. He's still an insanely kickass live vocalist.

rasputin
January 11th 2008



14520 Comments


wat exactly is the difference between death and grind?

LifeInABox
January 11th 2008



3708 Comments


Well, they are completly different. Grind isn't a metal subgenre and death metal is. Grinds' a subgenre of punk.

rasputin
January 11th 2008



14520 Comments


OK, but what exactly is it? Is there any way of describing what it sounds like, because at the moment I don't really find any distinction between the two. Cephalic Carnage for example, I've been told they're more grind than death metal, but they sound like death metal to me.

blackened07
January 11th 2008



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to Anal Cunt or Ed Gein then listen to Cannibal Corpse or Bolt Thrower etc. you'll see the difference.

LifeInABox
January 11th 2008



3708 Comments


Ed Gein is like metalcore ish, but yeah.

blackened07
January 11th 2008



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry I didn't see your other post....
Grind is faster and the majority of the time the songs are shorter, sometimes brutal death metal gets classified as grind which is kind of confusing, but other than that I don't really know how to explain it.

masscows
January 11th 2008



2236 Comments


Grindcore is punk rock pushed to its logical end. Minimalistic, raw, atonal anti-music with various harsh vocal styles and blastbeats. Think about it; punk was never intended to communicate musicality, and grindcore is just taking that idea to the extreme.

Death/grind is death metal with some grind influence. Even though most grind in itself isn't musical, elements of it can be used to create more interesting material.

And the guy above me: yeah, some brutal death metal has some grind influence, but not enough to be considered death/grind, just some elements to make it more "brutal".

And at the other guy: Cephalic Carnage's recent material is closer to death metal.

LifeInABox
January 11th 2008



3708 Comments


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