Sunday, April 01, 2012

Review: Cattle Decapitation - Ten Torments of the Damned

Ten Torments of the Damned is the first demo released by grindcore animal supremacists, Cattle Decapitation. This demo has become well known in the underground for the mystery that surrounds it; rumors of existing 7" vinyl pressings limited to 4,000 copies and the disappearance of original vocalist Scott Miller.

Genre: Progressive Death Metal/Grindcore
Label: Humanure Atrocities
Release Date: 1997

  1. Priest of Ass
  2. The Axe Will Fall
  3. Mad Cow Conspiracy
  4. Parasitic Infestation
  5. Projectile Pig Vomit
  6. Flesheating Disease
  7. Species of Feces
  8. Bodysnatcher
  9. Christ on Crack
  10. Nightcrawler
Total Playtime: 08 minutes, 02 seconds






Rating: 8.0/10





Ten Torments of the Damned is the first demo released by grindcore animal supremacists, Cattle Decapitation. This demo has become well known in the underground for the mystery that surrounds it; rumors of existing 7" vinyl pressings limited to 4,000 copies and the disappearance of original vocalist Scott Miller.

That having been said, Travis Ryan's trademark gut wrenching gutterals and eardrum shattering highs are missing on this material. Instead, there are whining, screeching grunge inspired vocals in place that makes it safe to say this band would not have gained the following they have today if this had remained consistent.
The bass is truly the fat that holds together this chunk of gristle, and is the main component on a few tracks, such as "Flesheating Disease", "Christ on Crack" which is a good example that also shows off the diversity of the material itself, and "Species of Feces" where the first glimpse at the use of "humanure", a word later used to title the groups second full-length album.

"Murderous shitbreeders
Desecrate & Pollute the earth
Nature's mistake. Humanure"


Ten Torments of the Damned is lightly seasoned with grunge, groove, black metal, noise, and a ton of other spices to help keep the flavors fresh, and then ground together into raw, aggressive grindcore. Surprisingly, everything blends well together. The audio quality is putrid and makes the guitars over done and gritty, however this enhances the bleeding rawness of the instruments. This demo is a surprisingly fun and interesting listen that has a few unexpected chewy chunks between the overcooked areas.

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