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Some death metal bands are fun. Some are serious. Some are technical. Some are brutal. And
some have a message. Cattle Decapitation are all of these things.
Founded by Travis Ryan, Cattle Decapitation initially had an all vegetarian lineup and their lyrics
focused on people's relationships to animals. Specifically putting people in some of the horrific
situations we put animals- subject to chemical testing, harvested for food, experimented on in
They've now expanded to include environmental and climate issues in their anti-humanitarian
message. The newest studio album, Death Atlas, explores this territory but introduces some
interesting new elements and I am here for it. Travis is experimenting with his voice more on
this record. His death gurgles and roars are on point as always, but he's doing more of the weird
high shrieking goblin thing, and also singing in a low baritone at times. I like it.
They brought their masterful, fierce live show to le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan's Greenwich
Village on December 1st. It was a rich experience filled with gurgling lows and shredding,
shrieking highs. They know what the crowd wants and play to those lofty expectations. I really
love the title track from the new album and am glad they closed with that 10 minute opus.
Tour opener Vitriol slayed me from the beginning with their rough and mean death metal. These
dudes do not mess around, taking the stage like a storm and then viciously attacking you. This
is not happy music for happy people, but it rules.
Vitriol were followed by a much more introspective experience. Author and Punisher brought his
sonic death weapons out and enveloped us all in a warm sound bath. Seriously, this dude is a
mechanical engineer and custom builds all his instruments. It's an ingenious setup and really
needs to be experienced up close.
Atheist rounded out the bill with their weird jazzy old school technical death metal. Their
experiencing a bit of a renaissance upon reforming with a mostly new lineup in 2006 after a
twelve year hiatus. I’m happy I got to catch them on this tour, their 1991 album, Unquestionable
Presence, is a bonafide classic and the 2010 release Jupiter carries that torch well.
Unfortunately Full Of Hell had to drop off the tour after their van with all their personal
belongings and instruments was stolen in Atlanta. Thankfully the metal community comes out
when bad things happen and their GoFundMe exceeded its cap within days.
Check out Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Author and Punisher and Vitriol on tour now.
Get some death metal in your face.
Show review and gallery by Billy Devine