The day after Thanksgiving, the holiday we show thanks by being gluttonous swine and eating every single shred of meat and gravy, suckling at the bone and cartilage hoping to obtain maximum satisfaction, we are blessed with another massive serving of bone, gore and blood. This time the host is Cattle Decapitation and the meal is a 23 course engorging on unfamiliar and/or unheard Cattle Decapitation tracks that have been lost or were released elsewhere in the world. This album is a historical trip, as you will hear Cattle evolve through the years with their style of gore, grind and death. This is Medium Rarities, enjoy the meal.
Medium Rarities features 6 previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky (1999) demos with front-man Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing” – in addition to other rarities (including the 6 songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus!) – this compilation spans the band’s 22-year long career.
This is a wet dream for long time Cattle fans, as you can hear the band grow from their grindcore roots into a monstrous death machine. The demo years are especially interesting. The music is still good and the vocals are superb for how old this is. You have the double layered vocals just like old Cattle was but it seems ahead of it’s time (for the time.) The “To Serve Man” era was fun to listen to and was honestly just more of the same of what you’d expect from Cattle at that time.
The Decapitation! EP was a delight, there is another meaty level of viciousness happening on those 3 tracks. I have no clue where “Burnt to a Crisp” & “Sonny’s Burning” (Which is a goofball track, god damn that riff is annoying). They all sound like they could be extras from the To Serve Man era. The final 5 tracks are all extra songs found on Japanese releases or limited editions and are dripping with flavor.
“You People” was off of The Harvest Floor. This just sounds like a wicked intermission industrial piece. Very machine oriented as Travis screams out in the distance. “World Full of Idiots” is off of Karma.Bloody.Karma and I am already very familiar with this song. I love this song. I found this on YouTube a decade ago, ripped it and put it on a Cattle Decapitation compilation album that I made! The guitar riffs are hectic, I love the harmonics and off beat styled drums, the flow of the song is also rather good too. It’s just good eatin’.
We enter modern era territory with “An Exposition of Insides”, which was off of Monolith of Inhumanity’s Japan release. This has modern flair but also Josh also channels his past self with some of these riffs. The flow is good, the song is heavy and it’s a delight to finally hear this song. The final songs “No Light and No Life” & “Cannibalistic Invasivorism” were from a limited edition version of The Anthropocene Extinction. “No Light and No Life” has a bad ass sound to it and I enjoy the tempo of this track. The production is amazing and it’s neat to hear not only the quality of music improve but the production and how much it’s changed over the years. These songs are really really good, I wish they were apart of the initial release. Featuring some creative song writing and excellent vocal remedies, this is just simply good Cattle Decapitation.
You can’t finish a meal without dessert, which “Cannibalistic Invasivorism” does perfectly. It’s deliciously brilliant in riffing and vocal work, with massive drumming and bass guitar work to make it go down ever so easily. Just as I feel full from the massive feast I just endured, I feel like I need more. This compilation album makes me crave endless Cattle Decapitation, I must hear it all. I must consume more. I need more. I scrape the plate.
As I finish the meal I stand up from the table and feel a pain. I’ve overdone it, my heart stops as I collapse to the floor. I shouldn’t have consumed that much in one sitting. It was dangerous and gluttonous of me to do so. My overindulgence wasn’t safe and I let it overwhelm me. All I wanted was more Cattle Decapitation and I let it kill me. I highly recommend you listen and buy this album, just heed my warning. Don’t let it do to you what it did to me.
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Rating: 9 out of 10
Release Date: November 23rd 2018
Label: Metal Blade Records
FFO: Aborted, Murder Construct & Dying Fetus