Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Cattle Decapitation: The Harvest Floor

Extreme metal with a conscience and a cause? Look no further than Cattle Decapitation, a death/grindcore band who protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, as well as abuse of the environment.

Their 2009 album, The Harvest Floor, features cover artwork showing human beings being herded towards a slaughterhouse. Cattle Decapitation’s music is itself a slaughtering force of violent sounds that pummel the listener as vocalist Travis Ryan tortures his vocal chords while conjuring inhuman sounds out of his bionic larynx.

Near the end of the album, the title track emerges as an eerily calm musical passage accompanied by mournful vocal tones and seeming to accompany the final walk to the house of death. It is probably my favorite track on the album, but the rest of the brutality is pure awesome carnage from the beginning to the end.

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