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Cattle Decapitation: Monolith of Inhumanity

I was shocked to see some of my friends reporting on a new Cattle Decapitation album, and yet I didn’t hear anything about it, nor did I receive a press e-mail about it. Odd. Oh well, sometimes my inbox eats e-mail like candy, so maybe something just happened to it. Either way, it wasn’t until today that I found out a song from it was posted on-line already. Monolith of Inhumanity follows the successful The Harvest Floor, and to get fans ready, the band and Metal Blade Records have issued an audio stream of the song “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat” via SoundCloud, available on the label’s website. Since I don’t have a promo yet, and I’m a fan, I felt now was as good a time as any to pull a first impression article together.

Honestly, I wasn’t too floored by this cut. I won’t deny that it is a very intense song that fits right at home with the rest of the Cattle Decapitation discography, but it just doesn’t feel like it lives up to anything off their previous release. The screaming intensity that is the start of it really caught me off guard. I’m assuming it starts this way due to an introduction or interlude track, or at the very least slams into gear from the closing of a song the builds up at the end and bleeds into it. Either way, the intensity continues from there in each verse and bridge, though none outside the Grindcore blast beat sections ever match the speed that kicked the things off. The additional distant and layered raspy vocals that appear in the background sound good, giving it more of a unique voice that shows hints of influence from The Harvest Floor, though far from the expected haunting cries that made many of those songs an emotional experience. The Grindcore elements are transitioned in nicely, and the gap of silence after sounds good, as well as not studio edited. By the time it was done, I found myself content, and wanting to give it another spin or two.

“A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat” makes for an intense song, but I didn’t find my head banging along at any time, though I had a small urge to during the chorus thanks to the slower rhythm it had. This is far from a bad song, and the intensity that Cattle Decapitation brings with them is captured well to keep it something fans can come back to time and time again, as well as probably have listeners going straight for it once they hit the play button on the full-length when it drops. I listened to it a few times so far, and enjoyed the couple spins I spent with it the same as the very first, though I’m in no big rush to hear it again. This definitely sounds like a different beast compared to The Harvest Floor, so I don’t see people getting as invested with the music or lyrics of Monolith of Inhumanity in comparison. In fact, listening to this song not only had me thinking of just more intense Humanure material, but also finding it perfectly represents the lighter color of the artwork. The more dismal, ominous colors of it matches the overall atmosphere of the song, whereas the last one just felt hopeless and helpless, pushing a darker tone that simply is not found here. “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat” makes an interesting introduction to the album, and like their past works, I’m anxious to hear what the band has in store for us, though not any more than I did before starting out with this article.

Article based on digital review material provided by Metal Blade Records.