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    Cattle Decapitation

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Applied Human Defragmentation lyrics
    2Molested / Digested lyrics
    3Everyone Deserves To Die lyrics
    4No Light And No Life lyrics
    5Parasitic Infestation lyrics
    6Chili Dispenser lyrics
    7Karma.Bloody.Karma lyrics
    8A Body Farm lyrics
    9Reduced To Paste lyrics
    10Bodysnatcher lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Ten Torments Of The Damned [1996]
    2Monolith Of Inhumanity [2012]
    3Humanure [2004]
    4To Serve Man [2002]
    5¬°Decapitacion! [2000]
    6Harvest Floor [2009]
    7The Anthropocene Extinction [2015]
    8Human Jerky [1999]
    9Homovore [2000]
    10Karma.Bloody.Karma [2006]


    Cattle Decapitation is -
    Travis Ryan - Vocals
    David Astor - Drums
    Josh Elmore - Guitar
    Troy Oftedal - Bass

    Over the course of its existence, the San Diego-based Cattle Decapitation has ransformed 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. Their association with the Locust formed much of the original basis for their 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 their connections to the Locust finally severed personnel-wise, it became clear that they were indeed a real band of their 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. Originally, the lineup featured David Astor on bass and Gabe Serbian on drums -- both of whom were then also members of the Locust -- as well as an unknown guitarist/vocalist, who soon allegedly
    vanished without the other members knowing anything of 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 more of a death metal-oriented audience (as opposed to the hardcore/grindcore one that they had mostly 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 into the Locust. (Serbian now plays drums in the Locust, replacing Astor, who ironically had left the Locust so that he could more fully devote himself to Cattle Decapitation). 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 as well as Oftedal.

    ~ William York, All Music Guide

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