Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade)

Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore

With 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity we witnessed Cattle Decapitation’s metamorphosis from a highly credible deathgrind outfit into something far more expansive – accessible even.

Ok, ‘accessible’ might be stretching it, but there was a real verve to the quartet’s songwriting on that opus… and it’s very much evident on The Anthropocene Extinction too. There are hooks here aplenty and Travis Ryan employs his twisted ‘melodic’ vocals in exactly the right places: see Pacific Grim and blistering opener Manufactured Extinct for the evidence.

Plus, the San Diego crew have proved, once again, that they’re one of the tightest and slickest bunches  of sonic terrorists in the business, with tracks like Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot) and Circo Inhumanitas putting the mighty rhythm section of Derek Engemann and Dave McGraw through their paces. Naturally, they pass with flying colours, as does riff-spitter Josh Elmore, whose multi-textured attack puts many of his peers to shame.

The Anthropocene Extinction is also an angry little record, with Ryan painting a bleak picture of ecological devastation, and you know from his caustic, vitriolic delivery that he’s poured his heart and soul into these 12 songs.

Want to know how good extreme music can sound when the shackles are off? Get this album. Richard Holmes

RUSHONROCK RATED: 8.5/10 Extinction Level Event