By: Steve Fallows
Photos: Steve Fallows
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The Magnet, Liverpool | August 8, 2016
Three years after their previous visit to Liverpool as part of an insanely good bill that also featured Suffocation, Blood Red Throne and Cerebral Bore among others, San Diego’s grind masters Cattle Decapitation returned, this time bringing with them a line up of local talent as support.
First up were Deified, a band that won Liverpool’s Metal @ The Masses in 2015 earning a place at the subsequent Bloodstock Festival and releasing an album. Once again they brought a large and vocal crowd and really got the show off to an excellent start. Whilst musically the band may not have been the heaviest band of the night, but they took their chance and entertained the large crowd that had gathered early with their own brand of groove metal. They were easily at home on the bill and as all good bands do, they left the crowd wanting more.
Next up were death metallers Exhumation, a band that had followed in Deified’s footsteps, not only on the stage tonight, but also as a band that had won this year’s M2TM and played at this year’s Bloodstock. With a new EP, a festival appearance and a few more decent support slots lined up, things look really bright for the band. An excellent performance appreciated by the ever growing crowd.
Crepitation were main support and as the band are spread across other bands and across the country, this was a rare chance to catch them in Liverpool. A wall of sheer brutal death metal focussed mainly around their excellent Violence Of The Slams album. The dual vocals (or as the band call them weeps, beeps, burps and wurbles) created some unbelievable noises, and the light hearted approach sometimes belies just how talented the band actually are.
Finally Cattle Decapitation appeared and over the course of the next hour proved just why they are one of the premier extreme metal bands on the planet right. A run of fine albums and equally intense live shows shows they aren’t about to rest anytime soon. Travis Ryan’s vocals are as brutal and animal like as ever, leaving you almost question how the hell he makes such a wide range of styles so easily. The band also are effortlessly at ease, tearing through the set with almost flawless precision and savage intent. The Anthropocene Extinction has been out for a while now, and a lot of the songs that featured from that release sound as settled into the setlist as the older material that featured tonight. Over the course of their 20-year career, they seem to have improved at every turn, and become more and more intense without ever becoming a cartoon death metal band, or losing the importance of their message. A genuinely great band at the top of their game, although by their standards, those levels will be pushed again when the next album and tour comes round. If you are a fan of extreme metal in any way, you really need to see this band live.