"He sucker punched me as I was talking [and] immediately ran out the door and fled to his bus," alleges Travis Ryan of the bovine brou-ha-hah
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/cattle-decapitation/">Cattle Decapitation have announced on Facebook that they are quitting the Autumn Apocalypse Tour, reportedly because Six Feet Under frontman Chris Barnes punched Cattle Decapitation singer Travis Ryan.
According to Ryan's post, “Chris Barnes is a f*cking hack. I've personally passed on at least 5 six feet tours over the last 8 or so years because he pulls so much nonsense on the support bands because his ego is astronomical. We're leaving the Chris Barnes Show tour today. Go to the Chris Barnes show and buy some of their merch. They need it desperately.”
Ryan later elaborated in his FBook comments section. "He [Barnes] couldn't handle the fact that we were destroying him nightly on merch and talked sh*t about us on stage last night. I went to confront him about that and he sucker punched me as I was talking. He immediately ran out the door and fled to his bus like he does every night when the two fans that are left for their show are trying to get him to sign something."
"We're leaving because we have no interest in bringing more people to the Chris Barnes show. There was no 'fight.' He punched me, ran away and a few people saw it. I just walked out told his tour manager the deal, wrapped up the merch and left."
Another comment from Ryan: “Here's how Chris Barnes works: punches. Runs. Does the Rocky dance like he's a badass on his tour bus he's about to not f*ckin afford.”
Chris Barnes (who was an early member of Cannibal Corpse) posted on Twitter via Chris Barnes @sixfeetofficial, choosing to open with a comment about Cattle Decapitation being vegetarians: “If you eat tofu you'll get you're ass kicked in a fight. #knocked out.”
That tweet was followed by Barnes saying “Bottom line if you break into someone's back stage start calling them names and get in someone's face what do u think will happen?”
And then a third tweet: “Oh and Btw it WAS NOT a sucker punch. I didn't even throw a punch."
A press release for Cattle Decapitation says the band “brings forth the ideas of vegetarianism with the utmost brutal approach in expression, both musically and imagery. [Their] sound will bring elements of older death/grind, inbred with utterly impossible low vocals, while being stabbed by immense drumming.” The group is known for wearing masks made of beef jerky onstage, an apparent statement regarding the trivialization of animal remains for human consumption.
http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2007/10/petafat.JPG" width="249" /> The group originally formed as a member-swapping side project of http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/locust/">The Locust (drummer http://www.sandiegoreader.com/musicians/dave-astor/">Dave Astor founded the Locust, and former Cattle Decapitation guitarist http://www.sandiegoreader.com/musicians/gabe-serbian/">Gabe Serbian played drums in the band).
http://media.sdreader.com/img/albums/human_jerky_t69.bmp?45a31fb1327b1cbcc44efad790eaedf840720e89" /> Their remastered http://www.sandiegoreader.com/albums/human_jerky/">Human Jerky CD is enhanced with bonus CD-Rom-type content playable on any computer, such as live footage from the jerky mask shows, downloadable desktops, and a link to the band’s website.
Song titles on the CD include “Colon Blo,” “Constipation Camp,” “Roadkill Removal Technician,” and “Parasitic Infestation (Extracted Pus Mistaken for Yogurt, and Gargled).”
http://media.sdreader.com/img/albums/humanure_t69.bmp?45a31fb1327b1cbcc44efad790eaedf840720e89" /> 2004’s http://www.sandiegoreader.com/albums/humanure/">Humanure album was banned in many retail outlets due to the cover illustration of a cow excreting human remains. The band’s experimental leaning on this record reared its head in the form of a ten-minute-long track constructed almost entirely of slaughterhouse field recordings. Then, the band was signed to big-time Metal Blade records, home of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond.
http://static.flickr.com/109/306249419_6413dcc1c3.jpg" width="276" /> Says Cattle vocalist http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2004/dec/30/travis-ryan/">Travis Ryan, “Being on Metal Blade Records allows us to reach a higher level of exposure and ability to play in places and in front of crowds that we wouldn’t normally be able to, and that is something we need right now.”
http://static.mycoupons.com/images/product_images/large/8995071.gif" width="228" /> The group’s debut for Metal Blade, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/albums/to_serve_man/">To Serve Man was named after a classic episode of Thehttp://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/dec/18/whats-your-favorite-twilight-zone-25-local-musicos/"> Twilight Zone TV series wherein nine-foot tall alien Kanamits utilize an intergalactic cookbook to make lunchmeat out of human beings.
http://media.sdreader.com/img/albums/to_serve_man_t69.bmp?45a31fb1327b1cbcc44efad790eaedf840720e89" /> Between more tours, Cattle Decapitation recorded 2005’s split 7 inch shared with the canine-fronted grindcore oddity Caninus. This material saw a return-to-form in terms of song lengths but introduced an increasingly diverse range of extreme metal.
http://media.sdreader.com/img/albums/karma.bloody.karma_t69.bmp?45a31fb1327b1cbcc44efad790eaedf840720e89" /> This laid the framework for 2006’s full-length http://www.sandiegoreader.com/albums/karma_bloody_karma/">Karma.Bloody.Karma. In Ryan’s words at the time, “This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we’ve ever done lyrically. Musically, imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way.”
The CD was produced by Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle) and features guest appearances by http://www.sandiegoreader.com/musicians/joey-karam/">Joey Karam (http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/locust/">The Locust) and John Wiese (Bastard Noise).
In Autumn 2010, the band headlined the California Blood Tour with fellow locals Burning the Masses, along with Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, and Son of Aurelius. The following year, they headlined the second annual Slaughter By The Water festival, held June 25, 2011, at Craneway Pavilion in San Francisco.
In January 2012, they debuted new songs from their upcoming full-length Monolith of Inhumanity during January shows in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Denver. That March, they played the UK and Europe with the Reborn of Death tour, featuring Cerebral Bore, Suffocation, Hate, Blood Red Throne, and Sephirah.
Monolith of Inhumanity was released just before summer 2012. Around the same time, they got a sideways nod on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse cartoon about death metal band DethKlok, who drop by a Cattle Decapitation Pet Supply store.
The band most recently toured Europe with Suffocation, Blood Red Throne, Hate, and Cerebral Bore.