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  • Broken Base: Fans feel very split on the era post-Homovore and pre-Harvest Floor. The fact that the band themselves try to sweep it under the rug doesn't help matters much.
    • Travis' cleans. A fantastic calling card and crucial component of their Signature Style that allows them to take their sound places that they wouldn't have been able to go otherwise, or something that used to be cool that has long since been subject to Flanderization that allows them to get away with lazy, phoned-in writing?
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Given the cynical lyrics, deafening sound, and rather disturbing music videos, it can be hard to get immersed in their music.
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  • Don't Shoot the Message: The message against homophobia and transphobia in “Forced Gender Reassignment” was much appreciated. However, the incredibly graphic gory violence in the music video undoubtedly distracted many viewers from the message.
  • Funny Moments: When the Covid-19 pandemic rolled around, a lot of people drew parallels to "Bring Back the Plague". So the band decided to film a video for it. While in quarantine, on their phones.
  • Growing the Beard: Monolith of Inhumanity was generally agreed to be the point where they went from being a good band with a lot of potential that was held back by some bad habits to a great band that had finally gotten its shit completely together.
  • Heartwarming Moments: After two teenage brothers of Native American heritage (both of whom were fans of the band) had the police called on them while touring a prospective college in a clear moment of racial profiling, the band publicly granted them a lifetime guestlist spot.
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  • Memetic Mutation: "Forced Gender Reassignment", due to infamously having one of the most horrifying music videos of all time, has resulted in a multitude of Reaction Videos where people film themselves trying to watch the whole thing without looking away.
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are a concerning amount of fans who think that "Forced Gender Reassignment" was meant to scare transgender people themselves out of transitioning rather than the transphobes.
  • Nausea Fuel: Many of their songs qualify, such as "Suspended in Coprolite".note 
    • Try watching the "Forced Gender Reassignment" video without puking.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Signature Song: "Your Disposal" and "Manufactured Extinct".
  • 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 involving animals 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.
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    • Despite the primitive, unfriendly goregrind-ish sound and... frightening intro, "Testicular Manslaughter" off To Serve Man took misogyny to task, an all-too-common subject in the extreme metal scene.
  • Tear Jerker: The first 3 stanzas of "Forced Gender Reassignment" are an incredibly sorrowful and accurate description of gender dysphoria and social discrimination. Then the smashing starts.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ryan's vocals frequently don't sound anything close to human.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: They once wound up sharing a stage with, among others, Onyx on a festival bill. For their part, they were quite excited, and Travis Ryan fondly reminisced about driving around blasting Bacdafucup with friends at ludicrous volumes in his youth.

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