The Anthropocene Extinction
Review by Brian on July 22, 2015.
Cattle Decapitation have come a long way in there almost 20 years of existence. Forming way back in 1996 as a grindcore act, they released a demo, EP, and their debut full-length in 2000. With the release of 2002's To Serve Man, they started to transition to a death metal act. Over the next decade they began to get more progressive with each release finally putting it all together on their last release Monoliths of Inhumanity. To be quite honest folks, I don't care much for anything prior to Monoliths of Inhumanity. Last time out Cattle Decapitation made the best record of their career. This is a dangerous time for a band. Do they push forward and grow or just plateau?
The Anthropocene Extinction sees the band progressing and building of their last release. The biggest jump forward is in the vocals. Travis Ryan has always had the varied vocals, here he has total command of all of them and actually has added a few new vocal stylings to the mix. He's upped the use of his semi-clean sing/scream vocals, which I love. There is more dare I say sing-a-long chorus type moments. "Not Suitable for Life" is a perfect example of this. Musically it's a step forward as well. There's more melodic moments, more catchy elements in general. Please die hard Cattle fans, don't let this scare you. There is still all the death/grind there too. "Pacific Grim" incorporates all these in one killer track. There are also what I am going to call Symphonies era Carcass moments. "Clandestine Ways" fits into this category. The albums most interesting song and my favorite is "Circo Inhumanitas" It's absolute brutality gives way to a catchy chorus and is as close to a traditional song that the band has ever written. This is a formula that is starting to be used a lot more on this release.
Cattle Decapitation have become a force in the progressive death metal genre. It's a rarity that a band releases their strongest albums after 7 or 8 records, which is exactly what Cattle Decapitation have managed to do. Another step in the right direction and continuing to grow. The Anthropocene Extinction is another monolithic release from animal rights activist from San Diego and their best to date.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10