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U.S. grindcore band Cattle Decapitation issued the following update on the recording of the band's new LP:
"In November 2010, Cattle Decapitation returned home from headlining The California Blood Tour and decided to take the next year off and immediately began writing the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2009 release The Harvest Floor.
"The band has been holed up in the confines of their rehearsal studio in National City, California ever since and are preparing to unleash a new slab of human-dissecting carnage for a Spring 2012 release via Metal Blade Records. The band will be recording in January/February in Denver, Colorado at FLATLINE AUDIO with producer/engineer DAVE OTERO (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Trivium) and will play a small handful of shows on the way out to Denver showcasing their new material.
"Artist WES BENSCOTER is again on board to deliver more breathtaking GOREgeousness to the album cover as he has done on our past 4 releases. We will be announcing the album title, cover image and concept in the next few months.
"Here’s what guitarist Josh Elmore has to say about the new material:
'As it comes down to the home stretch before recording, we have been focusing on getting the last two songs written as well as refining and tightening the tracks which are already completed. The overwhelming impression I get from this new batch of tunes is that they have benefitted greatly from a more streamlined approach to composition and song structure. A lot of these songs are very "to-the-point" with just enough embellishment to keep them dynamic, whilst avoiding sinking into some bells-and-whistles mire. Lean and mean.
'There will be no forays in 8-string djentiness and none of us bought v-neck shirts or deck shoes to 'modernize' our sound and look, respectively. Expect some riffy, ripping blackened deathgrind with nods to our past work and tastes of what's to come. These songs are going to be a blast to play live and we are anxious to have these recorded and get on the road to play them for you.'
"The band’s friend who simply goes by the tag "T-R3X" has provided a quick teaser video available below showing the band hard at work on new material! That video is available now on Cattle Decapitation's official youtube channel here.
T"he band will be playing a ton of new material as well as some old gems at the following shows on their way out to the recording destination:
1/4/2012 – PHOENIX, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/5/2012 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ The Launchpad
1/6/2012 – DENVER, CO @ The Marquis Theater"
The teaser video can be seen here:
Metalcore act As I Lay Dying and extreme death metallers Cattle Decapitation and Carnifex have been nominated for the "Best Hard Rock" category at this year's upcoming San Diego Music Awards. The awards ceremony is set to take place on Monday August 8, 2011 at Humphrey's By The Bay in San Diego, California.
The complete list of "Best Hard Rock" nominees include:
AS I LAY DYING
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
MMA superstar Josh Barnett has spearheaded a relief fund to help the victims of the recent travesty that hit Japan. Barnett is very open about his love of heavy metal and he knew it made perfect sense to put together a show that featured some of the metal's best acts to raise some money for this very worthy cause.
This special event featuring All Shall Perish, Animals As Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Abysmal Dawn, Internal Corrosion, and Thrown Into Exile is set to take place at the House of Blues in Hollywood on Saturday, May 26th and all proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross Japanese relief effort. Tickets are only $15 and are on-sale now here or at this location.
Barnett states: "As someone that has worked in Japan over the last nine years and even lived there for a time I felt an obligation to try and help a country which has shown so much love and hospitality to me over the years. This event dealt a devastating blow to the 'Land of The Rising Sun,' not only economically but to the hearts, minds and souls of its people. I don't think that my event can in any way reverse what has happened or completely restore a country and its people, but music has the power to move the heart and soul. That kind energy can reach masses and be transferred to others and if even one person can be helped, it was worth it. In any form that we can generate funds, support and just simply the bushido spirit to all those affected by this we will be successful and keep the sun forever rising in Japan.
“I am incredibly lucky and thankful for all the bands, companies and people that have helped me organize such an awesome show and I not only look forward to seeing everyone there but to sit back and be a fan myself. I'll be the big blonde guy headbanging, horns in the air."
Ben Orum (guitarist of All Shall Perish) further comments: “We would like to personally thank Josh Barnett for inviting us to play this very special Japanese relief benefit show. What happened over there was a travesty and while it's easy to not think about the events that took place because we are so far away, we hope to remind people how much help is still needed. We will be performing some new material off of our upcoming CD, This is Where it Ends, so come out and check it out! Check out the link here for a sneak peak to some of our new material."
The first batch of bands have been announced for the forthcoming edition of the Slaughter By The Water festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place on June 25, 2011 at San Francisco, California's Craneway Pavilion. The confirmed list of bands that are set to appear include;
California metal band MURDER CONSTRUCT has posted a new track, “End Of An Error,” online via SickDrummerMagazine.com. The track is posted along with live video of the band performing “End Of An Error” during their west coast dates with VENOMOUS CONCEPT in September. “End Of An Error” comes from the band’s forthcoming debut EP that will see its release on November 23rd on CD, LP and digitally.
MURDER CONSTRUCT have recently confirmed a record release show in support of their EP for Saturday, November 27th at 3 Clubs (1123 N. Vine St) in Hollywood.
MURDER CONSTRUCT features Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION) on vocals, Leon del Muerte (EXHUMED, PHOBIA, IMPALED) on guitar and vocals, Kevin Fetus (FETUS EATERS, WATCH ME BURN) on guitar, Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, EXHUMED, UPHILL BATTLE) on drums, and Caleb Schneider (BAD ACID TRIP) on bass.
California technical death metal act Cattle Decapitation has posted a strange and potentially controversial tour diary video online through its official YouTube channel. The video features a skit performed by members of the band, as well as members of Devourment and Drowned Sorrow, in which they take possession of a bass guitar belonging to Knights of the Abyss bassist Griffin Kolinski and then go on to "kidnap"and "murder" the guitar. The video description states it was in result of Griffin Kolinski [Knights of the Abyss] leaving his equipment unchecked and open for potential theft. You can view the video below:
Cattle Decapitation, Devourment and Knights of the Abyss are currently on "The California Blood Tour" alongside Burning The Masses and Son Of Aurelius. The remaining dates on the tour include:
10/20 - Buffalo, NY - Club Paradise
10/21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
10/22 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
10/24 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
10/25 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
10.27 - Boise, ID - The Venue
10/28 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7 w/ Slaughterbox
10/29 - Portland, OR - Satyricon w/ Slaughterbox
10/30 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside w/ Slaughterbox
10/31 - Las Vegas, NV - The Box Office
11/01 - Hesperia, CA - VVEC
11/02 - West Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
New York-based visual artist Nader Sadek has announced a long list of guest musicians set to appear on his debut record "In The Flesh". The long list of musicians set to appear on the album include Steve Tucker (ex -Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Mike Lerner (Behold… The Arctopus) and Destructhor (Morbid Angel, Zyklon) amongst many others. "In The Flesh" is planned for release sometime in 2011 through Florida based Greyhaze Records.
A video for the track "Nigredo In Necromance" featuring Flo Mounier and Rune Eriksen can be viewed below.
Cattle Decapitation has checked in with the following statement about the band's recent European shows:
"We have arrived home from our European tour with Gorod and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace! We had a blast and it turned out to be a successful headlining run! We'd like to thank BTBG and Gorod for all their help with equipment and everything. You guys really came through and this is probably the first tour we've ever done where there wasn't at least one dickhead in the bunch! Everyone was amazing and we all had a great time with ya's.
"We'd like to give a special thanks to our tour manager/soundguy Stefano for being such an awesome guy and giving us such an amazing tone every night! Thank you! And lastly, the fans for showing up and supporting us on our second European tour. We promise to come back more regularly starting after the next album! See you next year!"
Cattle Decapitation has also announced the "California Blood Tour," which will feature Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning the Masses, and Sons of Aurelius. This will be Cattle Decapitation's final U.S. tour for the "Harvest Floor" record, as the band will commence the writing of their 5th Metal Blade release at the end of the year. Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan had this to say about the tour: More...
California's leading death/grind act Cattle Decapitation have announced dates for their upcoming headline tour of the United States. The tour, called the "California Blood Tour," features support from Knights of the Abyss, Devourment, Burning the Masses and Son Of Aurelius. The tour begins on September 29th, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona and finishes on November 2nd in West Hollywood, California.
"California Blood Tour" dates include:
September 29 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ Condemned
September 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
October 4 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
October 5 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
October 6 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
October 7 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
October 8 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
October 9 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
October 10 – Stuart, FL @ Cruiser’s
October 12 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
October 13 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
October 14 – Spartanburg, NC @ Ground Zero
October 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
October 16 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
October 17 – Patchogue, NY @ Karma
October 18 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
October 19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Paradise
October 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
October 23 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
October 24 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
October 25 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
October 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
October 27 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
October 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 w/ Slaughterbox
October 29 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Slaughterbox
October 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Slaughterbox
October 31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
November 1 – Hesperia, CA @ The Seen
November 2 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."