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Biography

  • Years Active

    1996 – present (26 years)

  • Founded In

    San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Belisario Dimuzio (2018 – present)
    • Dave Astor (1996 – 2003)
    • David McGraw (2007 – present)
    • Derek Engemann (2010 – 2018)
    • Gabe Serbian (1996 – 2000)
    • J.R. Daniels (2006 – 2007)
    • Josh Elmore (2001 – present)
    • Michael Laughlin (2003 – 2007)
    • Olivier Pinard (2018 – present)
    • Scott Miller (1996 – 1996)
    • Travis Ryan (1997 – present)
    • Troy Oftedal (2001 – 2009)

Cattle Decapitation is an American band from San Diego, California.

Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals as well as the abuse of the environment. Lyrics may also focus on subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the situations that animals are subjected to (animal testing, slaughter, etc).

Their 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover. The cover of the 2004 album Humanure, featuring a cow excreting human remains, was reportedly censored without permission from the label in some outlets. Record store owners did not display the album, making it difficult for customers to find and buy it.

Former member Gabe Serbian is a member of the band The Locust.

Metal author and journalist Garry Sharpe-Young once acknowledged the band as "one of the few metal bands whose message hits as hard as their music."

Cattle Decapitation has toured with many bands including Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, and Job For A Cowboy. Their album The Harvest Floor was released in 2009.

The band has been cited repeatedly for being an early influence to bands such as Job For A Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder as well as a legion of "" hopefuls.

In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of musical and personal differences.

Their 2012 album, Monolith of Inhumanity, was met with positive reviews upon release for introducing a more melodic tone - ultimately skyrocketing the band's influence and engaging a new audience. Their latest album, The Anthropocene Extinction, received the same feedback, with Metacritic giving it an 86/100. The Anthropocene Extinctions's lyrical content follows their normal style of the effects of mankind's influence on the environment, such as the Great Pacific garbage patch.

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