Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity


8.5 | 237 votes |
Release date: 8 May 2012
Style: Deathgrind

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01. The Carbon Stampede [feat. The Cephalic Carnage Community Mens Choir]
02. Dead Set On Suicide
03. A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat [feat. Lenzig Leal]
04. Forced Gender Reassignment
05. Gristle Licker
06. Projectile Ovulation [feat. Mike Majewski]
07. Lifestalker
08. Do Not Resuscitate
09. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom Of Tyrants

Top 20 albums of 2012: 9

Additional info
The Cephalic Carnage Community Mens Choir:
All current members of hydrogrind band Cephalic Carnage and ex-members Zac Joe and Jawsh Mullen.

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy
Rating:
7.7
Cattle Decapitation have taken quite a few significant strides in becoming one of the leaders of the grindcore scene, from some early amateurish goregrind work to a more professional brand of grindcore to their current style of technically-driven deathgrind. That's a whole lot of fancy descriptors for a band that doesn't concern itself with being pigeonholed.

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published 09.05.2012 | Comments (16)

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25.05.2012 - 14:11
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Calling Cattle Decapitation "deathgrind" instead of grindcore, is just arguing semantics really... "Necroticism..." by Carcass is a deathgrind album. There's more grind in Cattle Decapitation's latest than what was on that Carcass album. For me, MOI is a grind album with death metal elements. Sure, you can call that "deathgrind" if you want, but it still just comes down to semantics at the end of the day. If a band has to be equal parts death and equal parts grind to be classed as "deathgrind", then MOI doesn't really fit that category as it is primarily grind.
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25.05.2012 - 21:55
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Angelic Storm on 25.05.2012 at 14:11
deathgrind

It's a hybrid of death and grind, which this album definitely is. The lengthier tracks, technical prowess, and guitar tuning all add to the album's death metal feel, while the spastic riffs and condensed compositions lend themselves to grind.
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25.05.2012 - 22:17
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
I would certainly call this album deathgrind and not grindcore. About as much death as grind in here, maybe even a little more death than grind.
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25.05.2012 - 22:20
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.05.2012 at 22:17

I would certainly call this album deathgrind and not grindcore. About as much death as grind in here, maybe even a little more death than grind.


I definitely feel more death than grind but we are talking about 60-40 ratio i think or at the very most 65-35.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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25.05.2012 - 23:34
Angelic Storm
Melodious
For me at least, the roots of almost all the album's tracks are in the grind genre. There's certainly a good dollop of technical death in there as well, but the raw, scathing chaos at the heart of most of tracks is definitely grind. The grind is the root from where the other aspects of the songs grow. For sure, I can see why some would hesitate in calling this a grind release, but I feel that at it's core, that's what it is. It's smart, intelligent grind for sure, but still grind nonetheless.

Anyhow, it can be hard making such a decisive judgement when trying to place an album in a sub-genre which is in itself, a derivative of a sub-genre.
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25.05.2012 - 23:41
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Angelic Storm on 25.05.2012 at 23:34
Anyhow, it can be hard making such a decisive judgement when trying to place an album in a sub-genre which is in itself, a derivative of a sub-genre.

You're probably just stuck on the band playing (gore)grind in the past, similar to how people still refer to Dimmu Borgir as a symphonic black metal band in spite of their recent releases containing very few black metal elements.
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26.05.2012 - 00:03
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 23:41
You're probably just stuck on the band playing (gore)grind in the past, similar to how people still refer to Dimmu Borgir as a symphonic black metal band in spite of their recent releases containing very few black metal elements.


I was waiting for someone to say this... And whilst you are wrong, the point you raised isn't entirely an invalid one.

I'm not well versed in Dimmu Borgir's music, so cannot make a comment on the comparison you've attempted to draw there. However, I certainly do not hear "very few" goregrind elements in MOI. So I would say if what you are saying about Dimmu is true, then the comparison is quite a weak one. Whilst it's certainly not as primitive as their previous releases (apart from "The Harvest Floor" perhaps), the goregrind style is still very much a fundamental element in the new Cattle Decapitation. The death metal, and in particular, the technical death and melodic elements certainly gives the album a much more expansive, and cavernous atmosphere than their earlier, primitive works. But for at least the majority of this album, the goregrind aspect of their sound is never far from the surface, and rises to it on numerous ocassions.

I definitely see the point you're trying to make, and it's not without validation. However, I feel CD have not strayed far enough away from their original style to slap a whole new genre tag on them. I would not argue much with anyone wishing to call MOI "deathgrind" though, as I can see why some people would call it that.
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26.05.2012 - 00:06
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Angelic Storm on 26.05.2012 at 00:03
I would not argue much with anyone wishing to call MOI "deathgrind" though, as I can see why some people would call it that.

I feel like it's a useless gesture trying to point out the obvious fact this is a deathgrind album to someone who continues to surround the genre name in quotations as if it's a word I just made up.
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26.05.2012 - 00:25
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.05.2012 at 00:06
I feel like it's a useless gesture trying to point out the obvious fact this is a deathgrind album to someone who continues to surround the genre name in quotations as if it's a word I just made up.


Methinks you are being way too quick to jump to conclusions there matey. lol I am perfectly aware that deathgrind is a real genre, I never suggested otherwise. You completely misinterpreted the reason why I put the word deathgrind in quotes.

But yes, of course it's an "obvious" fact, and I'm a halfwit for not realising it.
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26.05.2012 - 13:18
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Going down into semantic territory now deathgrind means most grind with some death in it. grinddeath however is primarily death with some grind in it. The right hand head rle applies here where the part furthest to the right determines the primary genre.
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26.05.2012 - 13:24
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.05.2012 at 13:18
grinddeath

Except nobody calls it "grinddeath".
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26.05.2012 - 13:25
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.05.2012 at 13:24

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.05.2012 at 13:18
grinddeath

Except nobody calls it "grinddeath".


Mmmm people who are into semnantic do, just like there''s deathdoom and doomdeath (which also a lot of people make a difference between the two)
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26.05.2012 - 13:40
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.05.2012 at 13:25


Mmmm people who are into semnantic do, just like there''s deathdoom and doomdeath (which also a lot of people make a difference between the two)

No, it really is a totally irrelevant and unnecessary categorisation. The larger majority still don't even distinguish between doom/death and death/doom, and while I agree that distinction is useful that's only because death metal and doom and very different. Separately siphoning off bands that slightly favour either death or grind is an excercise ir personal wankery and pointlessness

BTW, I just did a search on here for "grinddeath" and these posts were the only ones that appeared, and nothing on google brings up any conversations of distinction which shows hoe no one else cares about separating the two.

You're making it up as you go along Marcel; like MoD territory like he did on the Monolith review
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26.05.2012 - 14:31
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Guest on 26.05.2012 at 13:40
No, it really is a totally irrelevant and unnecessary categorisation. The larger majority still don't even distinguish between doom/death and death/doom, and while I agree that distinction is useful that's only because death metal and doom and very different. Separately siphoning off bands that slightly favour either death or grind is an excercise ir personal wankery and pointlessness


I couldn't have put it any better myself. xD
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26.05.2012 - 16:11
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Angelic Storm on 26.05.2012 at 14:31

Written by Guest on 26.05.2012 at 13:40
No, it really is a totally irrelevant and unnecessary categorisation. The larger majority still don't even distinguish between doom/death and death/doom, and while I agree that distinction is useful that's only because death metal and doom and very different. Separately siphoning off bands that slightly favour either death or grind is an excercise ir personal wankery and pointlessness


I couldn't have put it any better myself. xD


That applies to grinddeath though, certainly not Deathgrind which is what this guys are playing here.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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29.05.2012 - 20:37
Rating: 9
snakecorpse
Biggest surprise for me so far this year. Picked it up this weekend and i am absolutely blown away
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26.06.2012 - 00:15
Rating: 10
LusitanianTroll
Album of the year so far.
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27.07.2012 - 06:32
Rating: 10
Sentinel65
One of the most interesting grind/death albums I have ever listened to. I hope they continue in this direction. For me this will most likely be the best death/grind album of the year.
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14.08.2012 - 02:00
Lit.
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I'd like to know... Who does those awesome sounding vocals on songs like Lifestalker at 1:55?
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14.08.2012 - 02:23
Sync
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Written by Guest on 14.08.2012 at 02:00

I'd like to know... Who does those awesome sounding vocals on songs like Lifestalker at 1:55?

As far as I know it sounds like Travis, at least I think I'm 99% sure it's him.
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22.07.2013 - 02:37
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Listened to a couple of tracks off the full album stream on YouTube....pretty impressed. Have to get this one sometime. Love those high screams to pitch
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22.07.2013 - 04:54
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by LeKiwi on 22.07.2013 at 02:37

Listened to a couple of tracks off the full album stream on YouTube....pretty impressed. Have to get this one sometime. Love those high screams to pitch

This album is fan-fuckin'-tastic!
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21.09.2014 - 11:48
Frank Comstock
First time listening...I think I dig it.
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"You travel within the glory of my memories, insect. I can feel your fear as you tread the endless expanse of my mind. Make yourself comfortable... before long I will decorate my home with your carcass."
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31.12.2014 - 15:45
Rating: 8
Don_Morita
Listening to this again right now. I am really glad I have this in my collection. Pretty decent stuff.
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18.11.2015 - 05:43
Rating: 9
stedanko
Hhhhhhooooooook, see how far they've come!
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