Review: Cattle Decapitation, Monolith of Inhumanity

By Georgi Bomb

If there is any death metal album that is needed for your 2012 collection then it is Cattle Decapitation’s seventh full-length, Monolith of Inhumanity.

The inspiration for the record lies around the band’s disdain for contemporary civilisation and the damage it is having on the world.

“Whereas The Harvest Floor focused on sort of rounding up the populace and getting rid of them, this record is about what would happen had we let them go.” Says vocalist, Travis Ryan.

“It’s about where humanity will end up if it continues the course it’s on.”

Ryan’s vocals definitely are a drawing point; throughout the band’s discography, the insane range he can hit is beyond impressive.

It’s merciless and the passion he drives is outstanding. Rising into tiny goblin squeals to deep, guttural growls.

Kingdom of Tyrants, recently released as a mini movie, directed by Mitch Massie, fits in with the themes throughout the album that touch on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey.

The artwork, designed by longtime collaborator, Wes Benscoter reflect a bleak apocalyptic future and the relapse of mankind into apes.

“The monolith really represents technology, and the cover’s this trash heap with the monolith atop it and humans scavenging all around it,” Ryan says, “because that’s all they’re able to do any more.

“It’s where we’re headed on the course we’re on, and yeah, a lot of kids will say that’s a really negative, shitty attitude to have, but is it not correct?”

In all honesty, this negative attitude works into a positive for Monolith of Inhumanity, this anger and loathing is what gives the album its energy.

A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat has a deep resounding groove at the chorus, which is impossible not to hang on to.

Forced Gender Reassignment makes no fancy intro about getting started, charging in with a punchy and filthy riff. The chops and changes in tone during Gristle Licker make for compelling listening. There is just so much happening from start to finish.

The mood shifts for Life Stalker, taking a dramatic turn in tempo with a doom-like twist, before the unrelenting fury smashes it’s way through. This tempo drop occurs again later on, towards the end on track, The Monolith.

Unfortunately I now have to send this review careering into a world of cliché and hip phrases, there is no other choice but to describe this album as a record of magnitude extremity. The speed builds up to a ridiculous intensity, and the breakdowns don’t even slow things down all that much.

Mind blowing drumming, addictive riffs and thick and chewable grooves all contribute to a severely savage album of superb musicianship.

Now we have the clichés and cheesy descriptions out the way, Monolith of Inhumanity is a beast of an album and needs to be indulged. End of.

Monolith of Inhumanity, by Cattle Decapitation is out May 8, 2012.

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