Sunday, April 01, 2012

Review: Cattle Decapitation - Human Jerky

Human Jerky brands the first EP by Cattle Decapitation, and also the first appearance of Travis Ryan on vocals. Dave Astor remains on drums as the only founding member left in the line up at this point, and there are no credits to guitars/bass on this material.

Genre: Progressive Death Metal/Grindcore
Label: Satan's Pimp Records 
Release Date: 1999

  1. Cloned for Carrion
  2. Parasitic Infestation (Extracted Pus, Mistaken for Yogurt, and Gargled)
  3. Unclogged and Ready for Spewage
  4. Gestation of Smegma
  5. Mute Rain
  6. Flesh-Eating Disease (Flu-Like Symptoms of E-Coli with Complete Digestive Shutdown)
  7. Decapitation of Cattle
  8. Constipation Camp
  9. Intro to Carnage
  10. Cream of the Crop
  11. Mad Cow Conspiracy (Bloated Bovine-Home to Flies and Anthrax Spores)
  12. Veal and the Cult of Torture
  13. Stench from the Dumpster
  14. Body Snatcher (Viscera Intact-Ripe for Devourment)
  15. Roadkill Removal Technician
  16. Bovine, Swine and Human-Rinds
  17. Bludgeoned, Beaten, and Barbequed
  18. Colon-Blo


Total Playtime: 16 minutes, 12 seconds
                                                                                                                      Official Website

Rating: 2.0/10


Human Jerky brands the first EP by Cattle Decapitation, and also the first appearance of Travis Ryan on vocals. Dave Astor remains on drums as the only founding member left in the line up at this point, and there are no credits to guitars/bass on this material.

This 18 track, 16 minute EP is a gooey, stinging, puss filled branding left to fester on the ass of Cattle Decapitation. The first couple of tracks offer fresh meat, but soon after the flavor sour as the product begins to decay. The vocals are far better than that of Ten Torments of the Damned, and mix up a satisfying range of highs and lows; most of which are layered atop one another. There are still significant issues with the quality of audio given, and although there is less distortion in this EP than in the demo, the guitars are still muffled and heavily unrecognizable. Which brings up mention that the bass that was so beefy in the demo is now non-existent. The drumming is just your average grindcore style, and done so in typical fashion. 

All of the material presented is run-of-the-mill, and atrociously beneath any sort of standard or expectation one may have, bearing in mind that the only two members credited to this material are Travis Ryan and Dave Astor. There are a few decent tracks, such as "Cream of the Crop", that offer a small variety between the other songs that tend to do nothing but grind on and on. Lyrically, the material is heavily improved with a more intellectual style of brutality. "Parasitic Infestation", "Flesh-Eating Disease", "Mad Cow Conspiracy" and "Body Snatcher" are all well done re-recordings taken from the original demo material. No imagination, no diversity, no improvement other than vocally and lyrically. This sums up the entire carcass of Human Jerky.

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