I was not very fond of Cattle Decapitation's previous release Humanure, and I felt the same about Karma. Bloody. Karma to begin with, but it's a grower. The San Diego vegan grinders have taken yet another slight turn in a positive direction. The music is far more diverse, and the band incorporates things from various styles.
The music is still death metal with a bit of grind, but also inspiration from black metal, and the more chaotic and noisy styles that many Relapse bands perform appear to have played a part. The band is more experimental than ever before. In between all the savagery and outspoken frenzy, Cattle Decapitation also throw in some melody a few places and add some moodier parts here and there, like in "Suspended in Coprolite", "Alone in the Landfill" and "Of Human Pride and Flatulence". It provides a much needed contrast and keeps the music interesting.
This time the band has teamed up with producer Billy Anderson. The result is a sound that allows the listener to spot all the little details, and the music still has the power it needs to be brutal. Karma. Bloody. Karma is a huge step up and a fresh experience compared to the boring Humanure. This time I'll be looking forward to the next Cattle Decapitation effort.