- Breakthrough Hit: The Anthropocene Extinction. They were a name by the end of the 2000s, and while Monolith of Inhumanity definitely increased their profile a fair bit, they still weren't placing particularly high on most bills by the end of its touring cycle. The Anthropocene Extinction, on the other hand, sold over double what Monolith sold and saw their live draw significantly increase to the point where they were regularly selling out shows on headlining tours. By the time that touring cycle ended and the touring cycle for Death Atlas began, they were one of the biggest acts in death metal.
- Creative Differences: Why Dave Astor left, though it was definitely a case of "either this guy goes or the band falls apart" due to extreme levels of internecine that revolved around him shortly before he left. Based on Travis Ryan's opinion of him (here's a hint: he doesn't like him AT ALL), it is unlikely that their differences will be resolved. This was also true with Derek Engemann, as the band and most people who toured with them were sick of his shit and he was an almost universally disliked presence in the industry, and "ego-tripping, duplicitous ass-kisser" is the best way to describe how most people thought of him. If you were a big name, he would do whatever it would take to get into your good graces, and if you weren't, he would either pretend that you didn't exist or treat you like shit. While he left on his own, there was a very good chance that he was only another tour or two away from getting thrown out, and the band spent years learning about all the shady and dishonest things he had been pulling behind their backs for much of his run in the band after he left.
- Creator Backlash: Not really backlash, per se, but Dave McGraw isn't the biggest fan of his playing on The Harvest Floor; he likes that it got him noticed, but he also feels that it was overly flashy and indulgent.
- Development Hell: There was a four-year gap between The Anthropocene Extinction and Death Atlas. This was due to a mix of heavy touring due to their massive growth in popularity, the increasingly decentralized nature of the band due to multiple members living far away, the need to break in Belisario Dimuzio and Oli Pinard and figure out their writing styles in the context of the band (as Derek was a prolific writer who was responsible for a lot of material on the past two albums), and their desire to take a more deliberate approach to songwriting this time around.
- Dummied Out: "An Extreme Indifference to Human Life" was originally supposed to be on Death Atlas and was the first song from the album that the band ever played live (on a mini-tour en route to the studio), but for whatever reason, the song was cut from both the final album and the main deluxe version and was relegated to a Japanese bonus track.
- He Also Did: Travis Ryan "voiced" (for lack of a better term) the Freakers in Days Gone.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Ten Torments of the Damned has been out of print for almost a decade, as the original clear vinyl pressing from 1997 is almost impossible to find, and the 2010 vinyl reissue was also a limited release. The album was also conspicuously absent from Medium Rarities, which suggests that they want to give it up.
- More Popular Spin-Off: They started out as a side project of The Locust, but quickly grew to eclipse them.
- No Export for You: "World Full of Idiots" (Karma.Bloody.Karma) and "No Light and No Life" (The Anthropocene Extinction) are both territory-restricted (Japan for the former, Japan and Europe for the latter). "An Exposition of Insides" and "Cannibalistic Invasivorism" subvert this to a limited degree; while they are territory-restricted bonus tracks, they have been made available in the US via limited-run 7" releases. Eventually subverted altogether, as Medium Rarities had all of the region-specific bonus tracks. Currently played straight with "An Extreme Indifference to Human Life", which is thusfar a Japan-exclusive bonus track on Death Atlas.
- 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. They do like Harvest somewhat more than the material that came before it, but have also told individual fans that, as a whole, they think it is a needlessly flashy (especially the drumming; as mentioned above, Dave McGraw has stated that he feels that he massively overplayed on that album and was trying way too hard to gain recognition as a then-unknown drummer) and overly technical release that is full of songs that are way more trouble than they're worth to play, and while they acknowledge that it has numerous fan favorites, the songs often do not go over well enough live to make the sheer difficulty (and, at times, physical pain) involved in learning and playing them worth it.
- The Pete Best: Scott Miller; while he did record a demo with them, said demo has been LONG out of print, and was conspicuously missing from Medium Rarities. He's had various noise-related ventures since then and was a founding member of the black metal/harsh noise act Sutekh Hexen but wound up leaving that act in 2012 and has overall not been a part of anything nearly as big as Cattle Decapitation is now since he left the band.
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