HardTimes.ca conducted an interview with San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION on April 15, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Watch the 27-minute chat below.
CATTLE DECAPITATION's video for the song "Regret & the Grave" was shot earlier this year with director Gary Smithson (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE) at a butcher shop in Santa Paula, California.
Vocalist Travis Ryan tells MTV's HeadbangersBlog.com: "We were contacted by a fan on MySpace saying we should use his family-owned butcher shop. Knowing perfectly well that we could easily make a butcher shop or a slaughterhouse look like a human slaughterhouse, we had to jump at the chance. We shot all day in there and by the end of the shoot it smelled like death. The end result is pretty disturbing which is, of course, exactly what we intended."
Metal Blade Records released a limited-edition, picture-disc vinyl version of the new CATTLE DECAPITATION album, "The Harvest Floor", on April 14.
"The Harvest Floor" sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The drum tracks for "The Harvest Floor" were laid down with Zach Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) before the rest of the instruments were recorded and the entire thing was mixed with producer Billy Anderson (MR. BUNGLE, MELVINS, SWANS) at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California. The CD features guest vocal appearances by Ross Sewage (IMPALED, LUDICRA) and Dino Sommese (DYSTOPIA, ASUNDER). There is also a special appearance by Jarboe (SWANS), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor". Jackie Perez Gratz (GRAYCEON, AMBER ASYLUM) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album, further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today's extreme acts.