Death grind legends Cattle Decapitation never fail to impress. After an incredible response to Monolith of Inhumanity, the bar was set at near impossible standards. Yet, without fail, The Anthropocene Extinction picks up flawlessly where Monolith left off. The new album feels even more powerful and cohesive than the last, marking a real maturation of the band’s songwriting abilities. With the likes of Dave Otero behind the mixing board, you really can’t go wrong. The Anthropocene Extinction is everything a Cattle Decap fan could want from a new album. It’s faster, heavier, meaner, and exponentially more evil.
“Manufactured Extinct” opens the album with a dramatic crescendo that falls into a nasty marching pace riff that gets the blood boiling quicker than a call to war. They waste no time getting into the grinding and relentless sound they’re known so well for. Travis Ryan’s vocals dominate the sound with his signature bellowing vocals. On this record, we see more of Ryan’s higher pitched, guttural screams that are damn near impossible to truly put into words. “Circo Inhumanitas” is a great example of the true ferocity of this record. Even when the tempo slows for just a brief time, you still feel the thunderous weight of the track kicking you in the chest. The track “Mutually Assured Destruction” really pushes the chaotic and atmospheric elements of the album, sounding briefly like a great black metal band with Ryan’s screeching vocals ripping apart the atmosphere built by the rest of the band.
All in all, The Anthropocene Extinction is everything and more than fans could ask for. It’s a seamless transition from Monolith, and yet again, Cattle Decapitation sets the bar even higher for the metal world. It’s an absolutely incredible record that really solidifies Cattle’s place among the death metal greats.
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