Cattle Decapitation - The Harvest Floor (Cover Artwork)

Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation: The Harvest FloorThe Harvest Floor (2009)
Metal Blade Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
User Rating:

Contributed by: EllsiEllsi
(others by this writer | submit your own)

It's a shame that Cattle Decapitation doesn't have their own profile on this site, especially since news about them comes through once in a while. Some of you might have written this band off as noise, and I'll admit that before this album I had too. But with The Harvest Floor, Cattle Decapitation h.
iTunes StoreAmazon

It's a shame that Cattle Decapitation doesn't have their own profile on this site, especially since news about them comes through once in a while. Some of you might have written this band off as noise, and I'll admit that before this album I had too. But with The Harvest Floor, Cattle Decapitation has finally come into their own and found a good balance between their noisiness and their melody. While 2006's Karma.Bloody.Karma was a hard listen with its massive brutality and unrelenting grind, The Harvest Floor is much more mature.

The album kicks off with "The Gardeners of Eden," which has your typical deathgrind scary noises intro. Fast forward a couple of seconds and you get to some music (and you have to take the word "music" with a grain of salt, especially if you're not previously a fan). It goes right into a grind with lead singer Travis Ryan belching (and he literally sounds as if he is belching) out his lyrics in his unique way. Most of these lyrics are not understandable without reading along from some sort of lyrics sheet, but I've always believed that in a band like this the sound of the voice is more important than the language. The song really picks up in the middle where pianos and echo effects are introduced, giving it a very haunting effect, which immediately launches into more grinding until the end of the song.

The next song is where the album really takes off. Quick to launch into the brutal "A Body Farm," it starts out at a million miles a minute, and in a moment of clarity Ryan's lyrics come through clear as crystal as he belches "For every life I take, an ecosystem I create / Blood and guts consumes my life / I am the 'brutal gardener' / I -- 'quantity controller' / ...no more insane than Jesus Christ," and at this point we realize this band is not only vegan but are also not fans of "JC." Sprinkle in some pig squeals and a lot more grinding and the rest of the song is much of the same.

In fact, the rest of the album is much of the same, thus the reason I only give it a 7. These first two songs are basically what the rest of this album consists of, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does get redundant. It's almost like listening to the same song for 35 minutes. But that's what deathgrind is; you're not listening to songs so much as listening for unique parts of what will sound like a large song. You remember a particularly brutal part or an interesting melody or effect before you know what's on each song.

This album won't make any new Cattle Decapitation fans, but if you enjoy a little brutality in your life you may find some satisfaction in Cattle Decapitation's particular blend of "vegancore."


People who liked this also liked:
The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!A Wilhelm Scream - Career SuicideDillinger Escape Plan - Under the Running BoardPropagandhi - Supporting CasteCarcass - Necroticism ?? Descanting the InsalubriousScreeching Weasel - Anthem For A New TomorrowNone More Black - IconsConverge - Jane DoePropagandhi - Failed States

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
slowstupidhungry (April 10, 2009)

"a real... McBoner?"

This band only supports organic boners.

wallofyouth (April 9, 2009)

a real... McBoner?

Tudor (April 9, 2009)

Great album. Was quite suprised how good it was, I wasn't a big fan of Karma, but this album kicked my ass.

seeingred (April 9, 2009)

Stoked that this got reviewed on here. Really good record.

tenwestchaser (April 9, 2009)

The love for this band is surprising to me. I saw a video for some song on this album and the singer looked like a real boner with the way he was holding his hands all twisted like. I don't hate them it was just really, really funny.

xote (April 9, 2009)

Although I think someone else should have done the review... glad the kid did and i was really honest. I'm also glad to see some metal on here becuase the relation to punk is 100% and albums/bands like this deserve the credit.

elephantdwarf (April 9, 2009)

1/10 review for use of "pig squeels". also, they are vegetarian, not vegan.

tommy_jarvis (April 8, 2009)

they're only vegetarians. at this point in their career, it would be more on point to call them anti-human.
also, you didn't mention their new drummer, who eclipses their last by many blasts and double kicks. and their last drummer was an immense improvement over the guy he replaced. this guy is almost unreal.

kevinh (April 8, 2009)

I love this band. This is one of my favorite metal/grind releases of the past 10 years. Not hyperbole in the least. This is how much I love it.

King_Rodney (April 8, 2009)

The lead singer looks delicious.

crackpotdemagogue (April 8, 2009)

great band, though the artwork has nothing on 'humanure'. grindcore for animal liberation!

wallofyouth (April 8, 2009)

i've decided that i love this band

mikexdude (April 8, 2009)

Giving me attention only keeps me around longer. It isn't nostalgia, though. This phase was like last year.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (April 8, 2009)

Man, 17 year olds have nostalgia soft spots these days? Well i guess that's how it goes these days.

I dropped the ball on 'em a while back but I've heard alot about the vocals in this release so I'm definently picking it up.

Icapped2pac (April 8, 2009)

This is Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn's favorite band. Me, not so much. I'd rather take a cradle piledriver than listen to them.

whoostin (April 8, 2009)

Love all of their albums and this might be my favorite. Travis Ryan's vocals are outta line!

mikexdude (April 8, 2009)

Also, not to nit pick, but I think their vegetarians not vegans.

mikexdude (April 8, 2009)

I had a huge grind phase and this band, I will always have a soft spot for. I haven't heard this but now I am definitely excited to.

Exclusive Streams


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Managing Editor

Adam White

Contributing Editors

Kira Wisniewski Brittany Strummer Armando Olivas John Flynn Chris Moran John Gentile Mark Little

Copy Editor

Adam Eisenberg Britt Reiser

Podcast Producer

Greg Simpson


Aubin Paul

ISSN 1710-5366

© Copyright 1999-2013 Punknews.org

Terms of Use Privacy Policy Contact Us About Punknews.org

Other Places to Go