Band : Cattle Decapitation
Album/EP : Medium Rarities
Genre: Grindcore/Death Metal
Label : Metal Blade Records
Location : San Diego, California
FFO : Napalm Death, Aborted, Origin
One thing you have to remember when listening to this collection, is a good majority of it is unreleased tracks and demos. The production value on most of it will be terrible. This was also way before they developed their almost melodic sound. I do believe the shining element is Travis Ryan’s vocals. They haven’t changed much. He does a more melodic high pitch shriek type thing. It’s super hard to describe.
The song structures are pure chaos. That is how typical grind core is. It’s super fast, typically short songs. A lot of grindcore, at least to my knowledge, seems to be politically driven. From what I’ve noticed over the years, Cattle Decapitation is more about human kinds treatment of animals. With track titles like “Chili Dispenser” and “Human Jerky”, I feel like that is a pretty safe assumption.
My least favorite part is how short the songs are. To me, they feel like just sound bites. But if you listen to this collection, and work you way towards their newer releases. You will probably develop a respect and appreciation for them like I did. Since this is basically a collection of unreleased tracks from the early days, you cant really compare. This is when they were first starting out, before they found their signature sound.
Overall, if you are a die hard Cattle Decapitation fan, this collection is definitely for you. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, you will from a common appreciation for who they have become today. Also, fun fact, some of the tracks have Travis Ryan on guitar and vocals. Can you guess which one? Ill let you be the judge.
Star Rating: 8/10
Strongest Song: Cannibalistic Invasivorism