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Below is our complete Cattle Decapitation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will be heading to Europe for the first time this July/August with Cattle Decapitation (US) and Gorod (FRA), plus Incantation (US) on select dates. This will also include an appearance on Obscene Extreme Festival alongside Misery Index and DRI.
The band also announced two new members: "We would also like to take this chance to welcome new guns Blake Simpson and Scott Heldorf to the ranks. They have been rehearsing with the band for the last 3 months, and are both great dudes and great musicians. They have taken the sound of the band well and truly up a notch. Please make them feel welcome at our two tour warm up shows in Sydney and Melbourne. We are very excited to take part in this tour, and are looking forward to sharing a tour bus with all the guys in these influential and extremely talented bands."
Here are the latest Cattle Decapitation "Human Harvest European Tour 2010" dates with special guests Gorod (FRA) and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (AUS):
15.07 - Obscene Extreme Festival, Trutnov (Czech Republic)
17.07 - Civitanova Marche (Italy)
18.07 - Bologna (Italy) "Blogos"
20.07 - TBA – (France)
21.07 - Bilbao (Spain) "Santana 27"
22.07 - Porto (Portugal) "Rio"
23.07 - Madrid (Spain) "Sala Inferno Bar"
24.07 - TBA (France)
26.07 - Wrexham (ENG) "Central Station"
27.07 - Manchester (ENG) "Moho Live"
28.07 - London (ENG) "Underworld"
29.07 - Bristol (ENG) "The Croft"
30.07 - Namur (Belgium) "Cinex"
01.08 – Dublin (IRE), “Fibber McGees”
02.08 – Belfast (IRE) “Auntie Annies”
03.08 – Cork (IRE) “A Cruisan Lan”
Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan has issued the following update about the band canceling their Canadian tour dates:
"Unfortunately, dear humans of Canada, I must why we can't come to Canada on the upcoming JFAC/Whitechapel tour: Here's the deal guys, I made a big mistake in June of 2001. I went out driving after a few drinks and the cops pulled me over. I blew just UNDER THE LEGAL LIMIT on the roadway (.06 - very much under the legal limit), but since I was swerving while looking in the rear view at the cop racing up behind me, they took me in and I got charged with a DUI. I fought it in court and got it reduced to a reckless driving conviction. Just to clarify, this all happened in San Marcos, California, not Canada.
"NOW, the Canadian border only cares about what I was charged with - a DUI, which they take very seriously and have threatened me with possible jail time if I try to come back up to Canada without getting it pardoned at the Canadian/US consulate. I paid $250 out of my own pocket for a "temporary residents permit" each of the 3 times we've been there since 2007. They said if I do not get a "Pardon" or successfully complete an 'application for rehabilitation' before the next time I try to cross into Canada, I will be going to jail. They keep this info in their systems for 10 years. In July 2011, this will all be behind me and I will not have to worry about crossing into Canada anymore. More...
Las Vegas, NV music store Zia will be hosting an in-store signing with San Diego grind metallers Cattle Decapitation on Saturday April 17th in celebration of Record Store Day. Fans will be able to pick up the band's latest release "The Harvest Floor" at a reduced price and get it signed by Cattle Decapitation. The details of the signing session are as follows:
Zia Records store at 1:00 PM
4225 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Cattle Decapitation has issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist and working on a compilation album:
"We are happy to announce we have found a bass player to handle all upcoming touring duties! Bassist Derek Engemann of Kansas' Unmerciful will be handling bass duties on all upcoming tour dates! We jammed all weekend and are more than confident in his abilities and can't wait to hit the road with him! Prepare for annihilation!
"We're pleased to announce that we'll be releasing a rarities compilation soon via Metal Blade Records! The collection appropriately titled 'Medium Rarities' will feature tracks spanning Cattle Decapitation's career including never before heard songs, hard to find/out of print tracks, live material, cover tunes and ultra rare pre-Human Jerky tracks never before heard by fans of the band!!! Wes Benscoter will be handling the artwork, we've seen it and it is SIIIIIIICK! More info on this coming so stay tuned!"
Arizona based deathcore outfit Job For A Cowboy has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States and Canada in April in support of their second studio album, "Ruination." Joining them on the tour until May 15th will be Whitechapel and Cattle Decapitation, after which they will be replaced by Gaza and Revocation.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter year 12 this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts, the event will take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, with an extra special pre-party sponsored by Atticus on Thursday, April 22.
Bands performing on Friday April 23 include Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Cro Mags, Earth Crisis, Death Threat, Death Before Dishonor, COA, American Me, Thick As Blood, Forfeit, XTheWarX, Grave Maker, Rose Funeral, Conducting From The Grave and Howl. Doors open at 3:00PM
Bands performing on Saturday April 24 include Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Skeletonwitch, Eluveitie, 1349, Impending Doom, Lecherous, Nocturne, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Chelsea Grin, Abacabb, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Malefice, Swashbuckle, Cattle Decapitation, Acaro, Holy Grail, Disembodied, Cruel Hand, Reign Supreme, The Mongoloids, XTyrantX, Foundation, Soul Control, Alpha Omega, Burning Empires, Mother Of Mercy, Gaza, Across The Sun and Monsters. Doors open at noon.
Tickets for Friday only cost $40.00. Tickets for Saturday only cost $46.00. A 2-day ticket costs $80.00. All tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 10AM at all stores, online at or to charge-by-phone call (800) 477-6849.
Cattle Decapitation has issued the following update about searching for a bass player and planning new tour dates:
"We'll be announcing more US tour plans for April/May VERY SOON! Tour dates for Europe are already starting to sprout up online including a festival appearance at the Stonehenge Festival in Holland on July, 31st and we'll hopefully have more to report on the rest of the tour soon! We don't want to blow the whistle on it until we are completely sure this time. Things keep coming up preventing us from heading overseas and its looking like next year is looking to have much more international and overseas dates!
"Now that the year is over and holidays behind us, we'll be narrowing down the bass player search! Our current fill-in bass player Rah Davis is stepping down to go back to school and we always applaud anyone who wishes to further their education, so we wish Rah the best of luck and we thank him for his service in gore!!! There will be more news coming soon as we're still sitting on some pretty cool shit that we haven't unleashed to 'you people' yet! Stay tuned for the coming carne!!!
"Forever basting in felch juice, Cattle Decapitation"
Salt Lake City's Gaza will support Cattle Decapitation on a week of shows in April 2010 that sees the bands traverse almost the entire US. Gaza's new album, "He Is Never Coming Back," was released in November on Black Market Activities.
GAZA tour dates with Cattle Decapitation are as follows:
04/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
04/19 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
04/20 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Tip Top Tavern
04/22 - Lake Station, IN @ Eagles Club
04/23 - Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
Mutiny Within keyboardist, Drew, has checked in with the following tour blog:
"09/30/09 - Key Club - Hollywood, California
"Hey everyone! We just played the first show of our first ever tour and it couldn't have gone better. All the bands were awesome. Cattle Decapitation, Prong and Soulfly owned the crowd.
"Also, we visited the Rainbow Room, next door to the Key Club. I got to meet Speed from Soilwork, Dino from Divine Heresy, and, believe it or not, RON JEREMY!
"Keep checking back for photos and daily blog updates. If anyone has any photos of any of our shows, send them to email@example.com with your name and we will post them. Also, if you have videos then please send us any links.
"We will be filming all the shows until the end of the tour so be sure to check in every Monday for an episode of 'Mutiny Within Fall 2009 US Tour w/Soulfly.'
"Thanks for everyone who came out last night. Next show, Santa Ana!"
Mutiny Within are currently on the road with Soulfly, Prong and Cattle Decapitation. Check them out at these tour dates: More...
More dates have been added to Soulfly's upcoming U.S. tour this fall with Prong, Cattle Decapitation and Mutiny Within. The complete list of dates are as follows:
Sept. 30 Hollywood, CA - Key Club
Oct. 01 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theatre
Oct. 02 San Diego, CA - Cane's Bar & Grill
Oct. 03 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Oct. 04 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 06 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Oct. 07 Seattle, WA - Showbox Theatre
Oct. 09 Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Oct. 10 Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
Oct. 11 Maplewood, MN - The Rock
Oct. 12 Des Moines, IA - People's Court
Oct. 13 Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
Oct. 14 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Oct. 15 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 16 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 17 Dayton, OH - McGuffy's House of Rock
Oct. 18 Pittsburgh, PA - Ches-A-Rena
Oct. 19 New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 20 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
Oct. 21 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Oct. 22 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct. 24 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
In a recent message to the fans, Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan announced that the band has decided to part ways with bass player Troy Oftedal. The message from Ryan reads as follows:
"It is time to announce a few things that have been going on in the Cattle Decapitation camp. First off, we have officially parted ways with bassist Troy Oftedal due to musical and personal differences. There is no bad blood and we wish him the best of luck. Filling in on upcoming tours will be our friend Rahsaan Davis. You may have seen him on our recent tour as Troy left tour early due to a physical ailment.
"On to tours… We’ll be hitting the road in late September with SOULFLY, PRONG and MUTINY WITHIN for a US tour! Starting in our neck of the woods, the tour will lead us across the country, along the east coast and back home. We have a handful of dates already and there are more on the way!
"We’re also working on dates for a European tour! We expect that it will happen in the early winter months and we’ll keep you posted on that."
Tribal metal outfit Soulfly has announced that they will be hitting the roads of the United States this Fall. Joining them on the tour will be Prong, Cattle Decapitation and Mutiny Within. Only a few dates have been confirmed so far, with more to be announced shortly.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Cattle Decapitation has issued the following announcement about posting photos from their recent video shoot online:
"Check out our pics for video stills from the NEW VIDEO of our track 'A Body Farm' from our latest album THE HARVEST FLOOR, now available on Metal Blade Records!!!
"The images are available for viewing in the 'Body Farm video stills' album in the pics on our MySpace page!!! CHECK EM OUT!!!
"The video was directed by our friend Tyson Montrucchio (Brutal Truth's 'Sugardaddy' video/Downspell vocalist) and shot right before our last 2 and a half month tour which we have just barely recovered from! The video will be available shortly and we'll keep you posted for premiere dates and where to see it!
"We're gonna be hitting the road again in the Fall and we'll keep you posted about with whom, where and other details as we get them!!! CHECK BACK SOON!!!"
Cattle Decapitation's Josh Elmore's guitar lesson for several of the riffs from Regret and the Grave from The Harvest Floor can now be seen on ultimate-guitar.com. Cattle Decapitation filmed a video for Regret and the Grave, which can be seen on youtube.com Here
Cattle Decapitation has recently wrapped up 2+ months of touring which included tours with GWAR and Priestess and the more recent tour with Mayhem, Cephalic Carnage and Withered on Blackened Fest. The band issues their personal thanks to those who helped out while they were on the road:
“We'd like to thank everyone that came out to the shows during the past 2 and a half months. Canada was AMAZING. Thank you to all the promoters who helped out up there in a land which we knew very little about. THANK YOU. Rose Funeral, Woe of Tyrants, Psyopus - you are all great guys, thanks for coming out with us! We'd like to also thank Oderus Urungus for personally inviting us to do the Gwar tour! It was a blast and we actually felt accepted by the crowd much more this time around! Also, thanks to merchie, Ms. Shannon Rodriguez, for jumping on the tour with us and helping us out.
It's been a HUGE run and was actually a success for us, even the Blackenedfest turned out to be kick ass for us, it's unfortunate how it ended up.
Lastly, we'd like to thank the touring bass player we had with us, Rahsaan Davis. He is our international touring bass player and picked up on this run when our bass player Troy Oftedal came down with an intestinal ailment that left him out of the whole tour. Thanks man, you really came through on this.”
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You may have read a few days ago that the Idaho Blackenedfest show was canceled without reason. It appears as though the whole tour was canceled. Cephalic Carnage released the following statement:
"So, unfortunately, we were reluctantly forced to stay in Denver as the Blackenedfest Tour was unable to continue. We sincerely apologize to the friends and fans who've been waiting a while to see us and this tour. We want to thank Thunderdome for having us out, as we had an absolutely amazing time with Withered, Cattle Decapitation, all the crew and of course Mayham. We promise to make up the dates we didn't get to play...we ALMOST had the $70 dollar-a-shirt-cool-guy-tight-shirt company Affliction ready to pay for us to be helicoptered to the each of the rest of the tour dates, but they pulled the deal after they found out we stopped shaving our legs which was the part of the contract we decided we couldn't go through with, (except John). Anyways we've got some serious time off now, and we're going to commence with getting our long awaited reality-tv DVD completed, getting on with writing the next full length, and writing the 2nd installment of H.O.A., as well as finishing construction of our late night poutine stand, where we will serve country-fried giraffe eggs and your favorite French-Canadian specialty. "
MetalSucks reports that tomorrow’s BLACKENEDFEST show, featuring Mayhem, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage and Withered, in Boise, Idaho has been canceled. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Black metal group Marduk missed out on the scheduled Blackendfest show in Orlando, Florida yesterday but no explanation has been given why. A message from headlining act Mayhem reads: "There has been a lot of confusion around the MARDUK situation. They are not playing tonight at the show in Orlando, Florida. What will happen for the future of this tour is currently unknown. We want to stress that Mayhem has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. We didn't have any information about what is going on at all, there were many different rumors flying around, and unfortunately the only thing we know is that the band is not here. Why? We don't know! Thank you for your patience!"
With the date fast approaching, it'd be good for you to get your tickets to the Maryland Deathfest VII soon. They have a stellar lineup planned, most notably Napalm Death, Trap Them, Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation. But their website is down, so you can't buy tickets directly. From the Deathfest Myspace:
"Unfortunately we're dealing with the headache of our website being down for the next day or so, so here's the deal with the tickets.
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY TICKETS: These can be purchased through paypal. Friday only is $38 and Sunday only is $43. Paypal payment can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.paypal.com and enter that e-mail address to send payment to. If you send payment for tickets between now and the fest, they will automatically be placed at WILL CALL. Friday and Sunday only tickets can also be purchased at the door.
SATURDAY ONLY TICKETS: An outside only ticket for Saturday will be available AT THE DOOR ONLY for $25."
Vince Neilstein of MetalSucks recently caught up with Josh Elmore (guitar) and Troy Oftedal (bass) of Cattle Decapitation at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA last month. Josh and Troy spoke about the band's new album "The Harvest Floor," the critical response it received, being falsely pigeonholed as a bunch of crazy vegan militants, and the importance of having day jobs to balance life in a touring metal band. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
MetalSucks: Why do you think you have two strikes against you? What do you mean by that?
Josh Elmore: I think a lot of it is the whole stupid veggie thing that people seem to think that every song from this band is about that. It's like "fuck that hippie shit" or whatever. I just think we got a bad image because of that. People have a negative connotation of that sort of thing. They think we're out preaching and handing out samples to everyone.
Troy Oftedal: We're definitely not.
Josh Elmore: And we're definitely not doing that. We're not some crazy, activist vegan band. We just all happen to be non-meat eaters. I think that the press has taken it way too far.
Troy Oftedal: It's like, do what you want to do.
Josh Elmore: This is the way that I choose to live. Have fun.
Troy Oftedal: Music comes first.
Josh Elmore: There is a whole message that people suck.
Troy Oftedal: That's more of the message than any sort of animal rights kind of thing.
Josh Elmore: Maybe in the first couple of records there was some of that. There was definitely some of that, not maybe, there was some of that. Ever since Metal Blade, that's four albums now, in the past seven years, it's all been anti-human rather than any sort of animal rights kind of thing.
MetalSucks: Obviously the press loves to latch on to the veggie activist thing. Do you get tired of getting asked questions about that all the time?
Josh Elmore: Dude, it's so annoying. Seriously, it's like just get over it. It's been seven or eight years now. We don't know how many times we've said "alright we get it. You guys know that we don't eat meat." It's not what's a part of this band. It had something to do with it, but it's not everything. Try to focus on our music and what we're doing and not on what we eat or don't eat. It kind of gets old. I would hope that people would be focusing more on the music and aspects like that. Which, fortunately, they finally are becoming a bit more focused on that.
MetalSucks: Do you think there's a way that you guys can somehow continue to do what you do: write songs the way you write songs about what you want to write about and to sort of move to a point where you don't get asked those questions anymore? Or do you feel like you are pigeonholed?
Josh Elmore: I think we're almost kind of stuck with it.
Troy Oftedal: I think to a certain extent that we're going to be stuck with it.
Josh Elmore: I hope that over time it will start to die out. I think that it will always be there no matter what. We're going to get stuck with that.
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.