Distributor/label: Metal Blade Records
Distributor/label URL: www.metalblade.com/
Released: 7 August 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.metalblade.com/cattledecapitation/
Band Website: www.cattledecapitation.com/
Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums
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
After nearly two decades of experience in the art of brutality, Cattle Decapitation once again have unleashed pure turmoil on the world this month with their seventh full-length album “The Anthropocene Extinction”. The news that the quartet were working on a follow-up to 2012’s release “Monolith of Inhumanity” soon had fans frothing at the mouth in anticipation, with many wondering whether Cattle Decapitation could live up to the expectations created by their brilliant previous opus.
And “The Anthropocene Extinction” does follow closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, although this might be seen as a mixed bag by some. On the one hand, if you really enjoyed “Monolith of Inhumanity”, then you should also enjoy the new album. However, “The Anthropocene Extinction” does also seem to be a slight rehash, which in turn may disappoint fans. But hey, you can’t please everyone, right?
Kicking off the album with “Manufactured Extinction”, a slow intro slowly swells into the tumultuous aural hellfire we have come to expect from Cattle Decapitation, with doom-laden sections woven flawlessly into the soundscape. One thing that really stands out about the album is how well the band has managed to meld in influences from a slew of genres into something that seems to effortlessly flow. Nevertheless, this amalgamation between brutality and melody gradually changes throughout the album, with the album increasing in ruthlessness as it goes on. You know that scene from Metalocalypse where Dick “Magic Ear” Knubbler hears the new Dethklok recording for the first time, and it’s so brutal that his eyes eventually explode? That is the exact image that went through my mind as I listened to “Mutual Assured Destruction”. As a perfect countercoup “The Burden of Seven Billion” provides an instrumental interlude at the apex of the album that breaks up this blitzkrieg before launching the listener straight back into an even more vicious ambush. Ending the album off with the punny song “Pacific Grim”, the listener is treated to one final dose of aggression underpinned with a truly riveting soaring melody that leaves you craving more.
Overall, this album still sees Cattle Decapitation on top of their game, as unrelenting with the brutality as always, skilfully incorporating more melodic elements without losing any of their vicious bite. But then again, I would expect nothing less from these masters of death. Whilst “The Anthropocene Extinction” certainly is a very solid release that has some truly breath-taking moments, it won’t be eclipsing the previous gems of Cattle Decapitation’s discography. But to be fair, after the sheer monstrosity of “Monolith of Inhumanity”, this would be a near impossible feat. Nevertheless, this album is still worth checking out!
Review by Erika Kuenstler