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Cattle Decapitation

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Bands scheduled to perform this year include: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Posts New Video Online

Cattle Decapitation has posted a video online for the song "Regret and the Grave" from their album "The Harvest Floor." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announces 2009 Tour Dates

Cattle Decapitation has issued the following statement about their touring plans for 2009:

"We’ll be heading out on another headlining trek and FINALLY we’ll be doing a FULL CANADIAN TOUR!!! That’s right! Years in the making, hundreds of requests gone unfulfilled, Cattle Decapitation will be grinding its way from BC to Quebec! Along these dates we’ll be playing with bands like Psyopus, Rose Funeral, Woe of Tyrants and even a one off fest with our brothers in gore Suffocation! After that, we’ll be meeting up once again with the almighty GWAR!!! That part of the trek will also feature Priestess and it runs right into the one everyone’s been waiting for… The Blackened Fest featuring Mayhem, Marduk, our long-time friends Cephalic Carnage and Atlanta’s Withered! We’re excited to hear that Attila is back in Mayhem (look ma, no pig heads!) and to jam alongside Marduk & Cephalic again and look forward to sharing our brand of depravity with their fans!"

The band's tour schedule through June is as follows: More...

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Woe of Tyrants Debuts New Music Video

Ohio's Woe of Tyrants are currently debuting their video for "Break the Fangs of the Wicked" at this location. The video was directed by Jake Beemer with Siege Media and filmed at the Majestic Theatre in Chillicothe, OH.

Vocalist Chris Catanzaro explains the video and its concept, "We were very honored to have the opportunity to work with Jake and the crew of Siege Media on our first video for the new record, 'Kingdom of Might.' The song is entitled 'Break the Fangs of the Wicked,' and despite being one of our most popular live songs, Fangs was chosen due to the fact that it successfully culminates the diversity and overall theme of the entire record. The video was shot in our hometown of Chillicothe, OH at the legendary Majestic Theater. We were fortunate enough to have some close, and very talented, friends come out to serve as the performers in the video. The storyline follows the song in that the song is about rising above negativity and evil and going back to square one in our love for our fellow person. We felt this was an important message to convey amidst a genre that speaks death almost constantly, and thanks to the professionalism of the crew we are very confident that it is going to turn out even better than we initially expected!" More...

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Gigan Cancels Houston Show

The GIGAN show originally scheduled for Sunday, February 15 in Houston, TX has been cancelled. The band, who was currently on tour with Cattle Decapitation, had some equipment and personal items stolen while in another city and had to cancel the remaining dates on their tour.

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Mayhem Announces More Tour Dates

Black metal legends Mayhem has announced a large number of tour dates for North America this year. Joining them will be Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

May 21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 24 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
May 26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
May 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
May 29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
May 30 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
May 31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
June 2 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
June 3 - San Francisco, CA - DNA
June 4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
June 5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
June 6 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
June 7 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
June 9 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
June 11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
June 12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 13 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
June 14 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
June 15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques

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Mayhem Announces More Tour Dates

Black metal legends Mayhem has announced some more shows in North America over the summer. Joining them will be Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VII)
May 27 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 30 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 4 - Portland OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
June 5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

*Please note that Withered will not be appearing at the Maryland Deathfest.

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Lineup Announced For NE Metal And Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.

Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.

Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...

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Mayhem Announces First American Tour Dates

The initial tour dates for Mayhem and Marduk's trek across North America has been revealed. Also joining them on the tour will be Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
June 5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Bands Announced For 2009 Maryland Death Festival

Below is a list of bands for each day of MDF 2009, which will take place May 22 - 24. There are several different scenarios on the table as far as stage setup goes, so we won't be announcing exact set times until sometime in March. Set times will be planned so you don't have to pick and choose what band you want to see because two are playing at one time.

Individual day tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 19th.

You can expect doors to open around 3:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These are only estimates, but not off by more than 30 minutes or so. More...

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Stream Cattle Decapitation's New Album Online

California grinders, Cattle Decapitation, will have their new album, "The Harvest Floor," streaming in its entirety exclusively on buzzgrinder.com starting this Friday [January 16th] and ending on Monday [January 19th]. Besides just being able to hear each song, you can read a song by song breakdown by vocalist Travis Ryan. "The Harvest Floor" will be released everywhere on January 20th. More...

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Dreaming Dead Announces CD Release Show

To coincide with the release of their Ibex Moon Records debut, "Within One," Dreaming Dead will perform at Hollywood's Knitting Factory on Sunday, January 25th. Joining Dreaming Dead will be Gigan, Book Of The Black Earth, Psyopus and Cattle Decapitation. Tickets are available to metalheads of all ages in advance for $12. There will be two stages and the show will start at 6:00 PM.

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