Cattle Decapitation

The proud vegans in this San Diego grindcore outfit welcome you to The Harvest Floor.

On the title track of Cattle ­Decapitation's 2004 album Humanure, vocalist Travis Ryan growls the line "Here's to your health." But don't get the wrong impression, as he isn't exactly ­trying to foster a warm and fuzzy feeling. In the same song, he invites the listener to "defecate upon the self, felch the goddamn sphinct, and gurgle its disgusting contents."

Not exactly appetizing, you say? Perhaps, but if Cattle Decapitation wants listeners to feel like shit — and remind them that they literally are shit — then it does so with a sense of purpose.

Since forming in 1996, Cattle Decapitation has managed to drive home its point over and over and over in no uncertain terms, including on new album The Harvest Floor. Through various album titles and brilliant cover art images by artist Wes Benscoter (adorning his fourth CD album), the band flips the script on what humans do to cows. To Serve Man (2002) depicts skinned human corpses hanging from meat hooks; Humanure shows a cow excreting human skulls...you get the picture.

Each time out, one wonders how much further the band can go using essentially the same device. With Harvest Floor, Benscoter and the band hit a bull's-eye and, perhaps for the first time, convey a sense of true horror with an image that puts humans on the ramps leading up to a slaughterhouse.

Still, this begs the question: Where can Cattle Decapitation go from here? The answer? Into your intestines — for real.

That's right — in a fitting twist, the band has now achieved true heavy-metal immortality by having a vegan burger named after it.

"It's different from other vegan-­vegetarian stuff because it's not imitating meat at all," explains bassist Troy Oftedal.

Never mind that Oftedal works as a cook at the joint that serves it, Hamilton's Pub & Cafe in the band's hometown of San Diego, and even concocted the burger himself. The decision to name it after the band was his manager's, not his. And, as Oftedal explains, most people who order the burger have no clue who or what Cattle Decapitation is.

"It's a lot of older people who definitely aren't into metal or punk or hardcore or anything like that," he says. "It's like, 'Can I get the...What is that called?'"

Perhaps management should considerhanging some of the band's album coverson the wall?

Oftedal laughs out loud.

"I don't know how well that would goover," he says.

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