Cattle Decapitation: Medium Rarities album review

Choice offcuts from San Diego’s deathgrind visionaries Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation

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Kicking off with the sub-five-minute split with the dog-fronted Caninus, which covers the breadth of Turn On The Master’s punishing drawl and the 0.5-second blip of The Recapitation Of Cattle, these assembled demos and b-sides mainly cover Cattle Decapitation's earlier years before their more open-ended evolution over the last decade. 

The demos from debut EP Human Jerky are suitably raw and unhinged, while the long-lost recording Rotting Children For Remote Viewing from first album To Serve Man is a maelstrom of riffs and clattering percussion. 

However, it’s the last three tracks where the grander ideas of recent releases begin to emerge, with An Exposition Of Insides and No Light And No Life’s precision riffs and frontman Travis Ryan showing his versatility with those perverse vocals. 

A collector’s collection that should still be on the menu for the Californians’ dedicated admirers.

For Fans Of: Misery Index, Cephalic Carnage, Aborted

Adam Brennan

Rugby, Sean Bean and power ballad superfan Adam has been writing for Hammer since 2007, and has a bad habit of constructing sentences longer than most Dream Theater songs. Can usually be found cowering at the back of gigs in Bristol and Cardiff. Bruce Dickinson once called him a 'sad bastard'.