Sunday, April 01, 2012

Review: Cattle Decapitation - Homovore

Homovore is the second EP by Cattle Decapitation, and marks the last release as a three piece band. Gabe Serbian (who was also the guitarist in Ten Torments for the Damned and a guest musician on Humanure) is credited for the guitar work, and in typical grindcore style there is no bass track.

Genre: Progressive Death Metal/Grindcore
Label: Three.One.G
Release Date: 2000

  1. Mauled
  2. Joined at the Ass
  3. Open Human Head Experiments with Bleach Laquer and Epoxy
  4. Diarrhea of the Mouth
  5. Headcheese
  6. Colostomy Jigsaw Puzzle
  7. Pepe's Trepes
  8. Release the Gimp
  9. The Roadside Dead (Detrunked Stumpification Through Roadrash)
  10. Carnal Fecophelia Due to Prolonged Exposure to Methane
  11. Icepick Gag Reflex
  12. Bathing in a Grease Disposal Unit
  13. Molested/Digested
  14. Wine of the Sanguine
  15. Ride 'Em Cowboy
  16. Human Jerky and the Active Cultures


Total Playtime: 21 minutes, 40 seconds

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Rating: 8.0/10




Homovore is the second EP by Cattle Decapitation, and marks the last release as a three piece band. Gabe Serbian (who was also the guitarist in Ten Torments for the Damned and a guest musician on Humanure) is credited for the guitar work, and in typical grindcore style there is no bass track.

The style of Homovore is completely different than any prior release by Cattle Decapitation, in that it's a lot more structured and melodic than anything previously written, making the material much more memorable and catchy. This release also shows the band experimenting with longer material for the first time. "Mauled" is a whopping 3 minutes, 28 seconds which makes it the longest track recorded by the band at the time of this EP's release. A catchy guitar riff and hi-hat hit followed by a powerful drum roll and double bass beats set a groove to the track, and soon the vocals catch up and the lyrical structure works harmoniously with the beat already set, versus having the vocals on an entirely separate pattern which is what was heard prior to this content.

The audio quality starts off quite clear, with the drum track in the back and vocals in the front, while the guitar ties everything together in the middle and this works well seeing as there is no bass track present. However, about half-way through something happened, and every track begins to sound like it is produced differently from the previous. Some of the latter tracks such as "Bathing in a Grease Disposal Unit" has the drum track at the front again, causing the vocals and guitar to fall behind and become lost. This is really unfortunate for "Molested/Digested", which has the potential to be one of the better songs of the album but due to the poor audio quality it falls into mediocre range, the fuzz hindering it too much to be dismissed.

Alongside "Mauled" there are quite a few noteworthy tracks. "Diarrhea of the Mouth", "Carnal Fecophelia Due to Prolonged Exposure to Methane", "Human Jerky and the Active Cultures" are all structurally great material that is fluid. Homovore knows when to give itself a break, incorporating well timed breaks and tempo drops. The drumming is like an entirely different person took over, as the skill shown has taken a 180 and everything presented is fresh.

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