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Cattle Decapitation

Formed: 1996
From: San Diego, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cattle Decapitation Recruits New Bassist

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!"

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Job For A Cowboy Announces North American Tour

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...

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest 2010 Announced

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.

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Cattle Decapitation Issues Band Update

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"

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Gaza To Support Cattle Decapitation on US Tour

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

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Mutiny Within Launches Tour Diary

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 info@thestudionj.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...

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More Dates Added to Soulfly Tour

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

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Cattle Decapitation Parts Ways With Bassist

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."

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Soulfly Announces U.S. Tour

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...

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Cattle Decapitation Posts Music Video Still Photos

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!!!"

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New Cattle Decapitation Video Featured On Yahoo!

Cattle Decapitation's music video for "Regret and the Grave" from their newest album, "The Harvest Floor," is currently featured on Yahoo's entertainment page (also viewable below). More...

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Josh Elmore Featured On Ultimate-Guitar.com

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.”

Visit the bands Myspace Page Here

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Cephalic Carnage Comments on Failed Tour

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. "

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Boise, Idaho Blackenedfest Show Cancelled

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.

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Marduk Disappears From Mayhem Tour

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!"

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Maryland Deathfest 2009 Lineup and Ticket News

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 mdfesttickets@yahoo.com. 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."

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Cattle Decapitation on "Militant Vegetarian" Label

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.

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Cattle Decapitation Posts New Music Video Clip

Metal band CATTLE DECAPITATION has recently posted their newest music video for the song "Regret & The Grave" online for streaming.

The band chose the song off their new album "The Harvest Floor".

'The Harvest Floor' was released in January 2009 on Metal Blade Records. More...

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Headbangers Ball Program for March 28

Tonight's Headbangers Ball will air from 10PM-12AM on MTV2 (note new time for this week only) and will be hosted by Queensryche. Here's the lineup:


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NEMHF 2009 Adds Third Stage

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.

The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.

“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.

The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.

Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.

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