1. Testicular Manslaughter
2. I Eat Your Skin
3. Writhe in Putressence
4. Land of the Severed Meatus
5. The Regurgitation of Corpses
6. Everyone Deserves to Die
7. To Serve Man
8. Colonic Villus Biopsy Performed on the Gastro-intestinally Incapable
10. Long-pig Chef and the Hairless Goat
11. Hypogastric Combustion By C-4 Plastique
13. Chunk Blower
2002 Metal Blade Records
by Graham Landers
Members of The Locust playing death metal, you say It sure is and boy is it weird. I'm not sure what it is exactly that's really messed up about this record and band, but there is something entirely wrong here. Maybe it's the toilet vocals over old school death metal music that's the odd part. Or, maybe it's the fact that this is a vegan band that talks about killing humans to save animals Either way you have quite a listen ahead of you.
The cover art designed by Wes Benscoter is definitely a masterpiece. It fits the sound perfectly and was worth every penny spent. As for the music, it's classic Autopsy to older Carcass style death metal with just a touch of grind thrown in for good measure. I personally hate the snare sound, it's way to vociferous in the final mix. This is especially noticeable on cuts like "Testicular Manslaughter" and "The Regurgitation of Corpses." Vocals are their absolute strong point - muddy toilet vocals that sound like Travis Ryan is gurgling gastric fluid for the entire length of this album.
The oddest part about this whole record is that it actually sounds like it's older than it actually is. The record was officially released in late 2002 but would probably be more fitting if it had been unleashed in the mid 90's.
The lyrics on "To Serve Man" are all anti-human based with animals triumphing in the end. For this they deserve a pat on the back, as this is originality in its purest form. I don't care if you are vegan or not, you have to give them credit for this lyrical idea. Songs like "Pedeadstrian" and "To Serve Man" are classic examples of humanity being overrun by animal loving human murderers. Eventually somewhere down the line, the animals would overcome the population and kill us all. It doesn't make much sense but it's amusing to say the absolute least.
Bottom Line: Cattle Decapitation is not going change the world, although it would be worth a few laughs to see them try. Their sound doesn't really lend itself to repeat listens. I've listened to it a few times through just to see if it would grow on me and my final verdict is simply "eh." If you like old Autopsy and Carcass, perhaps you'll be inclined to check these guys out. If you have never been a fan of the Razorback Records roster, stand far and clear from this band and album. A valiant effort guys, just not quite there.