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Cattle Decapitation

Over the course of their existence, the San Diego-based Cattle Decapitation have transformed from a stripped-down gore-grind side project of the arty hardcore/grindcore band the Locust to a full-fledged death metal band of their own, undergoing a confusing maze of lineup changes in the process. The association with the Locust formed much of the original basis for CD's popularity in hardcore circles, which was unusual for a band that growled out the type of disturbing, gore-oriented lyrics usually reserved for Carcass/Cannibal Corpse audiences. However, as the years went by and the band's connections to the Locust were finally severed personnel-wise, it became clear that CD were indeed a real band on its own, not a side project; they eventually signed to established metal powerhouse label Metal Blade Records and, musically, took on more of a professional death metal sound while retaining their original pro-vegetarian/gore-oriented lyrical stance.

Cattle Decapitation originally formed in San Diego in 1996. The lineup originally featured David Astor on bass and Gabe Serbian on drums -- both were then also members of the Locust -- as well as an unknown guitarist/vocalist, who allegedly vanished without the other members knowing anything about his whereabouts. Seeking a replacement on vocals, the band turned to Travis Ryan, who had actually been playing drums for another San Diego metal band, Strangulation, in addition to serving as vocalist in a gore metal band called Anal Flatulence. With Ryan on board, Astor moved from bass to drums, and Serbian moved from drums to guitar. This lineup quickly released two albums, the Human Jerky LP (on the Nevada label Satan's Pimp) and the Homovore CD/LP.

Next, they added a bassist, Troy Oftedal, with whom they recorded their third full-length, To Serve Man, released in the fall of 2002 on Metal Blade, a move that would expose them to a more death metal-oriented audience (as opposed to the primarily hardcore/grindcore one that they had been playing to before). Also in 2002, the band added a second guitarist, Josh Elmore (formerly of 7000 Dying Rats), who eventually took over as the band's sole guitarist after Serbian left in order to devote himself more fully to the the Locust. (Serbian plays drums in the Locust, replacing Astor, who ironically had left the Locust so that he could more fully devote himself to Cattle Decapitation). Astor left after To Serve Man and was replaced by Creation Is Crucifixion drummer Michael Laughlin for the 2004 release Humanure. A split 7" with Caninus arrived in 2005, followed by the full-length Karma. Bloody. Karma in 2006, which featured guest vocals by the Locust's Joey Karam. 2009 saw the departure of bassist Troy Oftedal, as well as the release of the full-length Harvest Floor. Monolith of Inhumanity, the group's seventh studio album, arrived in May, 2012.

The members of Cattle Decapitation are involved in several side projects, among them Oftedal's punk/metal band DisreantiyouthhellchristbastardassmanX, Ryan's noise project 5/5/2000, and UUM, another noise project involving both Ryan and Oftedal. ~ William York, Rovi
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hands down to cattle decapitation , best brutal bands, and proud of it
Long live gore grind long live cattle decapitation \m/
Monolith of inhumanity.. . goddamn that's some good metal.
Give a f**k less wat they eat .. from the way he sounds he chews on f**kin nails this band is badass haha
follow me in instagram deathgrindbr u t a l , i love metal!
Kawaii
jim.mills67
Josh is the only Vegan member, Travis a vegetarian, while the other 2 enjoy fish I believe. They have never ever been Vegan. And they don't even acknowledge hitler or any right wing idiots, especially faith based people.
these guys are fukin sick!! love these guys! \m/\m/
Where's to serve man and humanure? Sure the harvest floor and human jerky are also amazing albums... Really, all their albums are great... But wtf pandora???
Oh yeah, and their vid for forced gender reassignment is really brutal
Saw them at summer slaughter. Great f**kin show
To Serve Man is really good. Where in the hell is it?!!
where is the album..To Serve Man..that is my fav!
I ate cheeseburger s with dis guys after da show lol
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
My band Beyond Silence played with these guys at the beer mug in Erie, PA. Very cool guys, great show.
Fukkin awesome band
Im going to see these guys later with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Unearth, and Animals As Leaders and I can tell that there is gonna be a hardcore moshpit when these guys play!!! XD
I'd let him f**k my mom anyday. lml
Very irritating that their missing those cds. This is easily one of my top 3 metal bands. Travis Ryan deserves multiple awards and to f**k all of our moms.
Damn!! Never heard them before! F**king brutal!!
We played with these guys. They were f**king awesome!
@lord Tristan atlaticus- you think 6 million jews deaths on record from the war and you think it didn't happen? Are you f**ked in the brain s**t neck ?
cattle is not all vegans. travis and josh are
tristanhi88
agree with the anti human concept makes me wish the holohoax actually happend when i hear these songs wonder if these dudes like hitler for being vegetarian hahahahahaha or r they commie cuuntz
How come no-one knows what happened to Scott Miller? Last I heard he joined a Christian movement and was witnessing to teens. He informed me of this himself on Myspace years ago. He sent me his contact info (which I should have kept) because his Pastor was kicking him off of Myspace due to his communicatio n ( s ) with underage goth chicks. No joke. That first Cattle Decapitation 7" still rules.
CD is the s**t live, i saw them three times, and will continue to catch a show on occasion. i wish they had Homovore, To Serve Man and Humanure on Pandora, those records ARE on Metal Blade for f**ks sake! I mean, come on, Pandora! You have Human Jerky, but not To Serve Man and Humanure at least? Shameful.
pandora doesn't have humanure, wtf.
striker617
To Lord Orndorff: The entire band is vegan. Look up some of their lyrics and then you will understand the humor behind the name.
Interesting band name... I wonder what inspired it.
I EAT YOUR SKIN!!!!!!!! ! ! !
striker617
vegan death metal, gotta love it!
always loved Cattle Decapitation . Brutal as f**k and new album is good too.
I approve of this band.
Just saw them last weekend they were awesome SLCHC
Hail Strangulatio n (RIP)....loo k out for a re-formation of one of San Diego's long lost bands...Depr e c a t e d . . .
The Harvest Floor is one of the top ten albums of 2009, period. Absolutely freakin' brutal from start to finish. If this one doesn't rip your head off, you better check your pulse.
f**k ya i like that the cattle is us. album covers awesome, great brutal band.
One of the most underated vocalist live period.
cattle decap makes me smile.
im not a vegetarian but these dudes kick major a**
this guy has crazy stage presence. go watch some of his music videos. he acts so crazy its sick like. this band is great
Totally brutal but with a great vegetarian spin, f**king funny and totally awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Haha. This band makes me glad I'm a vegetarian. :P
Most exciting band out there! Killer music, and I love the Pro-Animal/A n t i - H u m a n concept.
One of the VERY few bands on Metal Blade that isnt PLASTIC MASS PRODUCED spoon fed garbage. CD has been around along time, and has never bent for the"METAL BLADE" brand!!!
u guys are f**king p**sies..... . . p u d e r n o christo
Pure f**king brutality. These guys are one of my faves.
aconston
F**king vegetarians
you guys f**king kick so much a** humanure is a great f**kin album
lol these guys are sponsered by PETA
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