YMMV: Cattle Decapitation

  • Ear Worm:
    • "LEAVE NO TRA-A-ACE! ELIMINATE! THE HUMAN RA-A-ACE!"
    • "YOU ALONE ARE YOUR DISPOSAL! A LIFETIME OF STAINS, WASTING AWAY SLOWLY DOWN THE DRAIN! NO MERCY, NO REPRISAL, NO SECOND CHANCE!"
    • "UNDER THE SUN AND IN THE LIGHT OF DAY, WE THROW THIS ALL AWAY! INSTINCTUAL DEVOTION TO ANNIHILATION! ERADICATION, MASS PREDATION - MANUFACTURED EXTINCTION! THE POWERS THAT BE ARE YOU AND ME!"
    • "DEATH COMES WITH THE TIDE!"
  • Face of the Band: Travis Ryan
  • Magnum Opus: Monolith of Inhumanity.
  • Nightmare Fuel: EVERYWHERE. Seriously, their music (and videos) are so full of this trope that listing every last example would be truly exhausting. Some choice examples include:
    • "Alone at the Landfill". Dear god, just "Alone at the Landfill". This song is utter despair made form.
    • The effects at the beginning of "Tooth Enamel and Concrete". It's just Travis screaming incoherently over a harsh noise backdrop, but it genuinely sounds like someone's mouth is being mechanically torn apart.
    • "The Harvest Floor/Regret & the Grave". The former serves as an intro of sorts and is an ominous ambient piece with Jarboe chanting wordlessly over it, while the latter starts with a hypnotic bassline and tribal-esque drum pattern before a very eerie cello line starts over it. Then the guitars kick in, along with Travis' roar, and you know that something's coming. It does... in the form of a ear-piercingly screechy lead riff. The whole thing borders on traumatic.
    • While "Forced Gender Reassignment" isn't particularly unsettling as a song (it's a pretty straightforward brutal death song), the video is, well... let's put it this way: it's a fairly faithful reproduction of the lyrics. Sans Gory Discretion Shots. Let that sink in for a moment. The fact that the victims in the video are Westboro Baptist Church expies might take the edge off for some, though.
    • The chorus of "Your Disposal", as catchy as it is, is also deeply unsettling. Let's face it, Travis' "clean" vocals are this trope in general.
    • "The Monolith/Kingdom of Tyrants" has an equally traumatic music video, albeit for completely different reasons.
    • "Dead Set On Suicide"'s high shrieks sound like a gathering of demons having their tongues ripped out. It's magnificent.
    • "Pacific Grim" is, in a word, apocalyptic. It's structured like the final chapter of humanity as it slides from desperation to resignation, and the song feels like a twisted funeral hymn.
  • Old Shame: Most of their pre-Harvest material, and even Harvest to some degree. They seldom play anything off of the albums prior to Monolith of Inhumanity; they were playing "Testicular Manslaughter" off of To Serve Man on a regular basis for a while, but that one has been retired as of recent.
  • Signature Song: "Your Disposal".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Forced Gender Reassignment." Behind the gore is a message against homophobia and transphobia, much needed in the metal community.
    • "Circo Inhumanitas" isn't subtle, but its message is clear: circuses are horrible, morally reprehensible entities whose abuses are so well known by now that ignorance is no excuse for going to them and anyone who does so anyways is a terrible person.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ryan's vocals frequently don't sound anything close to human.