Cattle Decapitation is an American deathgrind band from San Diego, California, formed in 1996. The band's current line-up includes vocalist Travis Ryan, guitarist Josh Elmore, drummer Dave McGraw, and bassist Derek Engemann. Cattle Decapitation have released seven albums, their most recent being The Anthropocene Extinction in 2015.


Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the situations that animals are subjected to, for example animal testing, slaughter, etc. While the band started with an entirely vegetarian lineup, only two current members are vegetarian namely Travis Ryan and Josh Elmore.[4][5]

Their 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover. The cover of the 2004 album Humanure, featuring a cow excreting human remains, was reportedly censored without permission from the label in some outlets. Record store owners did not display the album, making it difficult for customers to find and buy it.[6]

Former member Gabe Serbian is a member of the band The Locust.[7] Former member Dave Astor was also a member of The Locust.

Metal author and journalist Garry Sharpe-Young once acknowledged the band as "one of the few metal bands whose message hits as hard as their music".

In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of "musical and personal differences".[8] Cattle Decapitation's album, Monolith of Inhumanity, was released in 2012. It received positive reviews upon release.[9][2]

Cattle Decapitation has toured with many death metal bands including, Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Krisiun and Job for a Cowboy.[2] The band also participated in Metal Blade Record's Scion A/V Showcase in late 2012.[2]

The band spent the majority of 2014 writing a new record, tentatively due in 2015. [2] The tracking for the album was announced to have been completed on February 14, 2015. on May 20, 2015, Cattle Decapitation announced the title of the new record would be The Anthropocene Extinction and will be released through Metal Blade Records August 7, 2015.[2]Alongside this announcement the band released the first song of the record, titled "Manufactured Extinct."[2]

Band members

  • Travis Ryan – vocals (1997–present)
  • Josh Elmore – guitar (2001–present)
  • Dave McGraw – drums (2007–present)
  • Derek Engemann – bass (2010–present)
  • Dave Astor – bass (1996), drums (1997–2003)
  • Gabe Serbian – drums (1996), guitar (1997–2001)
  • Scott Miller – vocals, guitar (1996)
  • Troy Oftedal – bass (1998–2009)
  • Michael Laughlin – drums (2003–2006, 2007)



Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions


  • Released: May 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
  • Label: Three One G
2002To Serve Man
  • Released: July 30, 2002 (2002-07-30)
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Released: July 13, 2004 (2004-07-13)
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Released: July 11, 2006 (2006-07-11)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2009The Harvest Floor
  • Released: January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2012Monolith of Inhumanity
  • Released: May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
  • Label: Metal Blade
2015The Anthropocene Extinction
  • Release Date: August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
  • Label: Metal Blade
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


List of EP
YearAlbum details
1999Human Jerky
  • Released: 1999 (1999)
  • Label: Three One G
  • Released: 2000 (2000)
  • Label: Accident Prone

Split albums

List of Split albums
YearAlbum details
2005Cattle Decapitation / Caninus
  • Released: November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24)
  • Label: War Torn Records


List of Demos
YearAlbum details
1996Ten Torments of the Damned
  • Released: 1996 (1996)
  • Label: independent

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
2004To Serve ManN/A
2009The Harvest FloorN/A
2012Monolith of InhumanityMitch Massie
"Forced Gender Reassignment"