YMMV: Cattle Decapitation

  • 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.
  • Old Shame: Most of their pre-Harvest material. "Testicular Manslaughter" is still a live staple, and you can expect to hear at least one or two songs off of To Serve Man or Karma.Bloody.Karma here and there, but they don't hold much of their old material in high regard.
  • Signature Song: "Testicular Manslaughter", "Regret & the Grave", and "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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ryan's vocals frequently have this effect, as do some of his on-stage antics.