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Cattle Decapitation

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

Latest Cattle Decapitation News

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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Psyopus Announces Headlining Tour Dates

New York grinders, Psyopus, have announced the following headlining tour dates throughout russia, Canada, and the US:

1/7 Nizhniy Novgorod, RU - Wizard Club
1/8 Moscow, RU - Plan B club
1/9 Saint Petersburg, RU – Orlandao
1/15 Toronto, ON - The Wreck Room
1/16 Windsor, ON - Coach and Horses
1/17 Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
1/18 Ottumwa, IA - Bridge View Center
1/19 Omaha, NE - Club Roxbury
1/20 Pueblo, CO - Phil's Radiator More...

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Cattle Decapitation To Film Music Video, New Ecard

Cattle Decapitation has revelaed plans to film a music video for "Regret & the Grave" as well as other updates. Here's the message from the band:

“We’ll be heading up to an old slaughterhouse in Santa Paula, CA this weekend to shoot the performance footage for the track “Regret & the Grave” from our album The Harvest Floor which will be released on Jan. 20th on Metal Blade Records! The video will be directed by Gary Smithson (High on Fire, Prong, Goatwhore), and will feature the band performing under the most dreary of circumstances and a story that touches on the futility of being, the ruining nature of humanity and will be available for viewing around the album’s release! We’ll keep you posted and see if we can’t get some cool behind the scenes photos displayed on our MySpace page soon after…”

Cattle guitarist, Josh Elmore, is featured in the current issue of Guitar World Magazine (with Eddie Van Halen on the cover). Read up on what the recording process for The Harvest Floor was like, the importance of the special guests and his brand of bizarre “spider-web-like” riffage.

An e-card for "The Harvest Floor" is available for viewing now and features the song “The Gardeners of Eden.”

As previously reported, the new album, "The Harvest Floor," will be followed up by a southern U.S. headlining tour entitled KILLING TIL OBLIVION with friends Psyopus, Book of Black Earth and Gigan.

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Maryland Deathfest Announces 2 Replacement Bands

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.

Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Tour Dates

Cattle Decapitation will headline the Killin' Til' Oblivion tour along with Psyopus, Book Of Black Earth and Gigan which kicks off in January.

The tour dates are as follows:

January 21 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Jensen Mainstage
January 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
January 23 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
January 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
January 25 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
January 26 - Tempe, AZ @ The Sets
January 27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
January 28 - El Paso, TX @ Uncle Paulie’s Pub
January 29 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
January 30 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
February 01 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
February 02 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Post 33
February 03 - Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel Coffeehouse
February 04 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
February 05 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
February 06 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
February 07 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room
February 09 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
February 10 - Dallas, TX @ The Lounge on Elm Street
February 11 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
February 12 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
February 13 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Details of New Album

Cattle Decapitation has issued the following update, revealing details of their new, upcoming album:

"We’re FINALLY done with all the finishing touches of our new album and we feel we’ve finally done it! Sonically, the band has managed to finally capture and accentuate its live intensity that we’ve become known for and has created one hell of an album from start to epic finish! Conceptually, its misanthropy shall go unmatched. This is it, humans... ferocity at its finest.

"The album is called 'The Harvest Floor,' a title Travis has been kicking around in his head and working towards for the last 2 albums! The actual title refers to the area of a slaughterhouse where the animal (of course in our case it always means the HUMAN) begins the agonizing process of death, usually done with a bolt to the forehead or a slice to the throat. 'The Harvest Floor' is a fitting title for an album laden in gore and the anti-human metaphors and sentiments CATTLE DECAPITATION fans have grown to know and love. Artwork by Wes Benscoter shows the outside of a large slaughterhouse/factory of doom and gloom with the general public being herded inside to meet their demise. The inside of the album layout reveals what’s really inside that slaughterhouse: our misanthropic heroes of GORE (not core) at another hard day of work! Combined with the amazing artwork and conceptually brutal layout, The Harvest Floor also contains an enhanced portion which sports an I-pod ready documentary titled 'Pandemic: The Damnation Epic – The Making of The Harvest Floor' which, simply put, makes 'The Harvest Floor' an apocalyptic multimedia epic!"

Here is the tracklisting for "The Harvest Floor":

1. The Gardeners of Eden
2. A Body Farm
3. We are Horrible People
4. Tooth Enamel & Concrete
5. The Ripe Beneath the Rind
6. The Product Alive
7. In Axetasy
8. Into the Public Bath
9. The Harvest Floor
10. Regret & the Grave

No strangers to guest appearances, CATTLE DECAPITATION has enlisted some old friends for guest vocals including Ross Sewage (Impaled/Ludicra) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia/Asunder). The band has also announced that there is a special appearance by Jarboe (Swans), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor." Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon/Amber Asylum) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today’s extreme acts.

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Cattle Decapitation Reveal Album Info on Halloween

Here's an update from the CATTLE DECAPITATION camp:

"We'll be filming a video at our Che Cafe show on Halloween in San Diego! We're asking everyone in the area to come out to the show and dress like a zombie if you can and get up front, go nuts and show us your stuff!!!"

Head to the CATTLE DECAPITATION MySpace page on Halloween night to check out a new song, album cover, embeddable mini-player, album details and more. Or just wait until we post it here.

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Cattle Decapitation Posts Drum Recording Footage

Cattle Decapitation has uploaded a video showing the recording of the drum tracks for the bands forthcoming new album. The footage comes from Sick Drummer magazine Issue 2. Check it out below. More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Tour Dates

Cattle Decapitation has lined up their final shows of 2008, beginning in early October. The band are currently ironing out a brand new album, set to be released in early 2009.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 3 - Ontario, CA @ The Granda Theater
October 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Phoenix Gallery
October 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A-GoGo
October 31 - La Jolla, CA @ The Che Cafe

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Cattle Decapitation Posts New Studio Report Online

San Diego based metallers Cattle Decapitation has posted their second studio video diary online. You can check it out below.

The band are currently working on their new studio album which is scheduled to be released in early 2009. More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Free Show For LA

CATTLE DECAPITATION have announced a free 21+ show for Los Angeles, CA. They will play the Overcast Collective 3 Year Anniversary Party, which also features CAPTAIN AHAB, CROM and MOAB on the bill, on Saturday, August 30th at The Mountain Bar (473 Gin Ling Way). Admission is free, doors open at 9:00pm.

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Downspell Announces Special Guests On CD

Three new heavyweights in the metal world have been added to the guest list for the new yet to be titled DOWNSPELL CD. Besides guests like Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, Troy and Josh from the one and only Cattle Decapitation and Ed from death metal legends Disgorge. The band also enlisted Bobby from So cal sludge lords -16-, legendary producer and Blessing the Hogs guitarist Billy Anderson and last but definitely not least, DINO CEZARES.

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Cattle Decapitation Mixing New Album

Cattle Decapitation has revealed that they are currently in the process of mixing their as-yet untitled new album. An update from the band reads as follows:

"This will mark the bands fourth release through Metal Blade Records, and is taking shape as a natural progression for the band musically and content wise. The un-named album will feature some amazing guest appearances(to be announced soon), and round out this sharp instrument of gore-laden extreme metal.

"Cattle Decapitation will be showcasing new songs this Friday night August 22nd in Oakland, California. They will be joining IMPALED, PHOBIA, MALIGNANCY, MARUTA and ILLOGICIST for a night of gore and auditory sodomy. If you're in the Northern California vicinity, come out and hear the new material.

"Coming soon: In-studio video report PART 2 and the revealing of the new album title, song titles and cover art!!!"

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Cattle Decapitation Posts Studio Report

Cattle Decapitation has posted the following report online:

“We’re knee deep in the studio in Oakland, CA recording our new album right now (which is coincidentally directly accross the street from the club we’re playing at) and will be playing this show as we’re finishing up the mixing! Come check it out, we’ll play a bunch of new songs for your asses!

"As promised, we were able to put together a short clip of us hard at work in the studio! Check out DAY ONE of our studio report!” More...

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Cattle Decapitation Enters The Studio

Cattle Decapitation have posted the following message online last week:

“We enter Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA tomorrow to start working on our fourth Metal Blade full-length! We’ll be doing the drums with the mighty Zach Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) and then over to Sharkbite studios to record the rest and mix with our man Billy Anderson. This is going to be devastating, we promise. The new material is over the top. The lyrics as hateful as ‘Karma.Bloody.Karma’ but much more disgusting this time around.

"We’ll be announcing the name of the album, song titles and cover art when we have completed the recording! Details on that, studio reports and fly-on-the-wall footage in the studio coming soon!”

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Downspell Announces Guest Musicians for New Album

Alaska/San Diego based metal band, DOWNSPELL, are mixing and recording the final guest tracks on their 2nd release yet to be named. Guest's include Josh & Troy from, Ed from DISGORGE and the one and only Randy Blythe from LAMB OF GOD.

DOWNSPELL singer, Tyson Montrucchio, has also formed a new side project called THROATCLOSER. This project will be releasing their 1st album the same time as DOWNSPELL. THROATCLOSER features ex-members of In Perfect Agony, Menstrual Chunks and Evilado.

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Antagonist, The Funeral Pyre To Depart For Tour

Fresh upon returning from a three week tour in support of the release of the band’s new album, "Wounds," Los Angeles’ THE FUNERAL PYRE will again head out on the road in July with labelmates, and fellow Southern Californians, ANTAGONIST for a two and-a-half week tour across the Southwest and West Coast. THE FUNERAL PYRE will continue to support their May 27 release of "Wounds," while ANTAGONIST will be on tour in anticipation of the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, "Exist," due for a fall release.

THE FUNERAL PYRE’s frontman chimed in on the band’s upcoming tour plans and has also issued several updates from the road in June at the band’s online weblog. The previous updates can be seen here, while the newest update is available below:

"So, I didn't really manage to find time to write about what happened in the last few shows," the band says. "Just know that they were all really good, we had a fun time and then the tour ended. Yeah, I know, not a good wrap up. Oh well. But I'll wrap the rest of this up. We had a fun three week tour in support of our new record 'Wounds,' which came out on May 27. If you haven't checked it out, please do. We'll be hitting the road here in a few weeks with our best friends in ANTAGONIST and we'll be teaming up with Sea Of Treachery. This will be another 2 1/2 week tour or so, so if you didn't manage to catch us on the last run, come out to these shows. We're pretty busy at the moment! Come check out the shows, have a good time. I'm sure we'll be on tour sometime in September as well."

In the meantime, THE FUNERAL PYRE will play two Southern California shows with Cattle Decapitation in the coming week and ANTAGONIST will be playing a hometown show this weekend before heading up north for a show later this month. Both bands’ music can be heard at the ANTAGONIST MySpace page and at THE FUNERAL PYRE’s MySpace page, including the new song "Black Earth," from "Wounds."

Here are the latest ANTAGONIST tour dates: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Takes A Break From Writing

CATTLE DECAPITATION have issued the following update:

“We’re taking a short break from writing our next album to come out and adorn California in gore!!! A couple notable shows are gonna be our first show in years at the old Covered Wagon building, now called Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco with our buddy Pete Ponitkoff’s (singer of BENÜMB) band AGENDA OF SWINE, our long awaited return to the Boardwalk in Orangevale - we regrettably missed the last show due to Travis being temporarily hospitalized for a panic attack - WE WILL MAKE IT THIS TIME!, and the BIG show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA with friends PHOBIA, SKARP, THE FUNERAL PYRE, WATCH ME BURN, and many more!!! More...

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Cattle Decapitation To Debut New Songs On Tour

California metallers, CATTLE DECAPITATION, will debut new songs on a week long tour of California. The new songs feature drummer David McGrawm, who was also involved in the song writing process.

Vocalist Travis Ryan commented on the new material
"The guys have been writing like crazy, we're already 4 songs in! I've got lyrics to a couple and we'll be playing 'em at the upcoming shows! All I can say is this new stuff is completely insane. We have reached a new level of intensity that in my opinion completely annihilates anything we've ever done. That goes for the first 2 Cattle records as well! Just too damn intense for words... you gotta come check it out for yourself!"

June 18 Santa Barbara, CA The Jensen Mainstage
June 19 Soledad, CA The Castle
June 20 San Francisco, CA Annie's Social Club
June 21 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
June 22 Westlake Village, CA The Kung Fu Corner
June 23 Hollywood, CA The Knitting Factory
June 24 TBA TBA
June 25 Victorville, CA Club Karma

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Cattle Decapitation Drummer Lands Endorsement Deal

As soon as the wheels of David Mcgraw’s flight touched down in San Diego where the drummer was en route to begin writing the next Cattle Decapitation album (due later this year), Axis Percussion added the infamous grind drummer to their elite roster. Not only is David an official Axis musician, the only drumming outlet for extreme drummers Sickdrummer.com conducted an interview with him for exclusive download in their PodCast section. Head over to http://www.sickdrummer.com or http://www.myspace.com/sickdrummersite to check out the exclusive PodCast with David Mcgraw.

Cattle Decapitation will also be doing some headlining show in March and April, dates are listed below:

04/05 Corona, CA The Showcase Theatre w/ Anal Blast
04/20 Hollywood, CA The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles Murderfest)
04/25 Bakersfield, CA Studio 99
05/30 Albuquerque, NM The Gathering of the Sick Festival

For more information on upcoming shows and additional Cattle Decapitation activities, visit the official Cattle Decapitation resources:

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Los Angeles Murderfest 2008 Lineup Finalized

The running order for this year's Los Angeles Murderfest has been announced. The event will take place in April at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. Here's the entire lineup and schedule:

Friday, April 18th

Black Sheep Wall 7:45 - 8:15
The Unborn 8:45 - 9:15
The Funeral Pyre 9:45 - 10:15

Genghis Tron 8:15 - 8:45
Baroness 9:15 - 9:45
The Red Chord 10:15 - 10:45
Converge 11:00 - ??:??

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