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Cattle Decapitation Comments 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.

Source: MetalSucks.net

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1. yeah writes:

there always will be just some way too closed, small minded people though, i share their way of thinking in some of their lyrics and in their covers too, hoping they come to my country
nats

# May 12, 2009 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

Cattle is awesome!
N.P-Cattle Decap-Tooth Enamel and Concrete

# May 13, 2009 @ 12:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. nightcreature83 writes:

So far I've been lucky enough to see this band two times so far.. not only is it always a crazy show, but they seem to always have a lot of other exceptionally good bands on the bill with them, either local bands that are playing as support or bands that are on tour with them. If you get the chance to see them I would recommend it.. they don't mess around; to me they don't deserve to be pigeon-holed.

# May 13, 2009 @ 4:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DaveTheViking writes:

ALL GORE NO CORE!!!!

# May 13, 2009 @ 8:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. DeathRich writes:

Thank god they are anti-human and not just anti-meat. I like them so much better now!

# May 13, 2009 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. That_One_Guy writes:

Carcass got the same thing back in the day..

# May 13, 2009 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. spiral_architect writes:

the band members hope people will get over the fact that they are vegetarians, and that it is only one aspect of what they are all about..........and then they call their label "militant vegetarian"???

that makes no sense to me!

now listening to cannibal corpse "evisceration plague".......mmmm yummy!

# May 13, 2009 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathfreak writes:

cattel decap is a great band. I wanna f***ing see them so bad live.

# May 13, 2009 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. bbristowe writes:

Post 6:

I hear yah on that one.

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10. KanadianKoRn writes:

They r very solid live..a good show indeed!

# May 14, 2009 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. That_One_Guy writes:

spiral -- I think you misread the article, they don't want to be labeled that, they didn't start a new record label. I think they're on Metal Blade.

# May 14, 2009 @ 3:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. deathfreak writes:

They are on Metal Blade.

# May 14, 2009 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. This is a great interview writes:

I think it's clear that vegetarianism is important to Cattle Decapitation. And there's nothing wrong with that. Factory farms is messed up.

Wrote about this here: http://vegworcester.com/blog/2009/05/13/death-metal-band-isnt-pro-animal-theyre-just-anti-human/

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