The third album from meat-is-murder San Diego band Cattle Decapitation is rather like their second, and once you've heard one song there's little need to play the rest of the album, unless this brand of extreme metal appeals to you. Taken strictly within its genre, which blends gore-grind with brutal death metal (I know, I'm a jargon whore - but you try reviewing a hundred heavy metal albums a week without using the terminology), this is really very good. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case, it offers very little for those who desire something more than speed and brutality in their music.
I appreciate a good brutal death metal album more than a good grindcore release, mainly because it can be hard to discern between the good and bad of an essentially careless genre, and I'm pleased to see Cattle Decapitation continuing to move towards metal in this way. The production job is great, arguably better than the band deserves but inevitable considering their relative popularity, and the performances have been tempered to better accommodate the style: Travis Ryan's vocals are now more in the style of a death grunt than a grind gurgle, and David McGraw's drums have an evident thrash influence, while Josh Elmore's guitar continues to impress as the instrument holding the band together.
It's not very original, and it won't convince you to stop eating meat, but it's still as good an album as can be expected from this breed of band.
2. Unintelligent Design
3. Success Is (Hanging By the Neck)
4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
5. The Carcass Derrick
6. Total Gore?
8. Suspended In Coprolite
9. Alone at the Landfill
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Unintelligent Design
3 Success Is... (Hanging By The Neck)
4 One Thousand Times Decapitation
5 Carcass Derrick
6 Total Gore
8 Suspended In Caprolite
9 Alone In The Landfill
11 New Dawn
12 Of Human Pride & Flatulence